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Arkansas is in the throes of a winter storm warning panic. Little Rock is actually in the midst of an Ice Storm Warning panic. That is a step up from a Winter Storm Warning or some such notion. It looks like it isn't going to be as bad in Little Rock as first feared and overall it looks like the ice won't be as bad anywhere in the state as earlier predicted but there may not be a loaf of bread or a gallon of milk to be found in the whole state. Well, there might be some moldy hot dog buns at the local "stab & grab" but that's as good as it gets. If you didn't do your emergency grocery shopping early you may be out of luck. I personally worry more about having enough toilet paper than bread and milk so I don't end up in the aisles where people will "cut you" over some mangled loaves of bread. As for me, I don't like the bitter cold we are going to get but as long as the power lines/grid hold up and I have heat I am good to go. The worst of the cold weather will pass, then it will be tolerable again and then we will have another nasty spell of cold weather with warnings about ice and snow which will prompt the run on bread and milk again. This will happen until some time in March. Although, I think we might have had snow or ice in early April once but that seems awful late for Arkansas to have to deal with such a mess so I am going to stand with my earlier prediction of March.

I know that there are places that are more bitterly cold than Arkansas is going to be but this kind of weather just isn't normal for us even in the winter time. I have seen it be 70 on the day after Christmas. I just count my blessings that our weather is usually more moderate, oh but wait...that bitterly cold thing it doesn't just apply to the weather in other places but I bet you can guess what I am referring to now, can't you?

The best part about the ice storm is that I don't have to get out on the icy roads. When I was a child abuse investigator and a Mental Health Emergency Screener we had to go out and "get 'er done" even if there was a thick sheet of ice on the roads. I am glad those days are gone. I never, ever had a job where I got to just stay home because of inclement weather. Even when I was a state employee I was considered "essential personnel" and had to work even when the offices were so empty that the halls echoed.

Back in 1977 it got so cold in this time of December and our HUGE rambling apartment had so little heat in it that our toilet water froze up. Now, let me tell you...that is not fun and we had one COLD toilet seat. That was the apartment that we brought our baby son home to when he was first born. Needless to say, six weeks after he was born we were living in a house with REAL heat in it.  Oh the joys of moving in January with a colicky baby within six weeks of a Caesarean Section. Ah, those were the days. At least when we lived in the apartment with the frozen toilet water we were only a block from the store so it was easy to get that essential bread and milk when the roads froze up.

Well, that's all I've got tonight. Have a pleasant tomorrow!



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Dec. 6th, 2013 05:44 am (UTC)
Coldest of Thrones
I am fascinated by the concept of your frozen toilet. I've lived in all manner of conditions and places from old houses with no heat to cars, campers, trailers and even a semi on occasion but I've never had a toilet freeze. The story value alone is priceless. From one who's been "there" I can heartily appreciate the retelling in the "and then I walked fifteen miles to school on two inch pipe suspended over lava while blindfolded carrying my little brother in one arm and our family dog under the other" sort of way.

I know I'll be thinking about that frozen toilet bowl all night. :P
Dec. 6th, 2013 06:33 am (UTC)
Re: Coldest of Thrones
The toilet was up against an outside wall that faced due North. Now, the water in the tank did not freeze but the water in the bowl did. I guess that is because the tank was up off of the floor.

I have never had a toilet freeze any other time either. Just during that particular cold snap in that one place that I lived.

I hope you find something more exciting than a frozen toilet bowl to think of...there are bound to be bigger and better things to capture your imagination.


Dec. 7th, 2013 05:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Coldest of Thrones
Ahhh, Ardee. It's really too bad that Anon didn't Google some images like the one I linked to in your next post.
Dec. 7th, 2013 10:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Coldest of Thrones
Thanks sweetie, you are the best!
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