Ice everywhere this morning. My car is enveloped in a sheet of it and all the paths and roads are covered with it. I shall not venture out today.
I came into my computer room about nine yesterday evening, switched on the light, the bulb fused and all the lights in the house went off. Yes - I know and freely admit - I am a wimp where such things are concerned, having always left them to the man of the house throughout both of my marriages. I now know this was a stupid error. I had a responsible job which I did and enjoyed yet can;t change a light bulb I can sense you thinking.
I do have various batteried lanterns around the house in case there is a power cut so I wasn't without light and I did know where the fuse box was (out in a very cold garage) but without going to look at it I was pretty certain it was too high for me to reach without my little steps and I didn't fancy that in the dark. Luckily my table lamps worked so I didnt sit in the dark for the rest of the night but I did go to bed feeling pretty useless and downhearted.
This morning I got up before it was quite light, opened all the blinds and curtains, went out into the garage, found I could easily reach the fuse box, flicked up the offending switch - all done and I felt proud of myself. Alright - such a little thing but did my self confidence (which is at a low ebb at the moment for reasons I won't go into) a lot of good. Changing the light bulb is another thing though as it means bringing the steps into the house and climbing them to reach the light - I shalln't attempt that. One fall from a step ladder spells disaster at my age.
As I sit here looking out of the window the ice on the patio is melting quite quickly so the temperature must have risen above freezing although it is a largely grey sky and a brisk wind - just bits of blue sky here and there. (in the middle of typing this sentence the sun has come out). There was a time when in February we expected this sort of weather and would have been surprised if we had had anything else. But now the reverse is true isn't it?
My Grandson, who teaches in China, is staying there, as are the other English teachers with him. They are subject to various restrictions, they have to wear a mask when they go out and their movements are restricted and their school is closed for now. But he is expecting to be teaching on line shortly which pleases him as life is a bit boring with all the restrictions in place. He is in good spirits.
Afternoon now - still sunny but with occasional snowy blizzards passing over quickly. I have just been for a walk with my trusty steed. Thought you might like to see him. Any ideas for a name?