Sunday, November 2, 2014

Living in My Car

by Leann

First off, I am not homeless. I have a wonderful new home that I adore. But yesterday, November 1st, was quite unusual. I knew a cold front was coming, but since I was alone while my husband was away on his annual hunting trip, I made sure to check the weather online and on TV. The forecast said snow in the high mountains of North Carolina (we are in western South Carolina) and the snow would probably only reach as far south as Asheville--and they would only get a "dusting."

Imagine my surprise when I awoke to a blizzard and there was already 2 inches
of snow on the ground. Heavy snow that would change to what they love to call a "wintry mix." I call it by its evil throwback name: sleet. This is SOUTH Carolina and I do not care for snow. A "dusting" is fine. But this? On November 1st? Do. Not. Like.

Then my husband came home from his trip with arip-roaring, sneezing, hacking cold. He hadn't been in the door more than thirty minutes when the power went out. I did learn this house stays cool in the summer but man, it gets cold fast in the WINTER. Yes. This is winter. If the weather people can call what we had a "wintry mix" then I can call November 1st winter.

My phone was low on juice and my beloved Syracuse Orange were playing. I was bummed. No computer, no phone, no TV. And did I mention my car wouldn't start on Thursday? So, I went out to show the sick husband what he would be dealing with in all his misery and low and behold, the car started. Sort of a pathetic start, but it was running. I grabbed my chips and
dip, cranked up the heat and settled back to listen to the game on satellite radio while my phone charged up. Nice, right?

Two hours later, the power came back on. No doubt wires and trees heavy with that darn ice and snow were the problem. It's nice to know I have a place to live when times get tough--and I have to say, it was better than that rent house we lived in for two years! :-)

Sunday morning the temperature is supposed to be 28 degrees. In weather forecaster language perhaps that means it will be about 60 and sunny. That's what I'm hoping for, anyway.

27 comments:

Malka E said...

ack! glad you made the best of it! (hope you don't catch your husband's cold!)

char said...

As much as I miss the Hudson Valley, I do not miss the winter weather, sleet, snow, or ice. I do miss the crisp fall mornings when you can see the frost on the ground. So I guess living in Silicon Valley isn't all that bad. Did your team win?

rgp1950 said...

I'd like to get one snow day here in Pearland,but not this early. Hope you don't catch your husband's cold.

Gram said...

We live in New England and haven't yet had snow! It's ironic that the car is better than a rental!

Lori Cimino said...

Great thinking on your part. Strange though to hear that you are getting the winter that is usually ours.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Malka. It was a little camping trip!

Leann Sweeney said...

One of my teams won--the Texas Aggies where my kids went to school--but Syracuse lost. :-( AGAIN. I can handle a little frost. You don't have to shovel frost! Or sunshine!

Leann Sweeney said...

Yes, Pearland, Friendswood, etc. rarely gets snow. I worked in an elementary school for years and the rare times it did snow, the principal would make an announcement and all the kids could go outside for awhile. They loved it!

Leann Sweeney said...

Gram, ANYTHING is better than that rental. :-) I think it's more ironic that we got snow before you did! :-)

Leann Sweeney said...

It is strange, Lori. And I hope this "trend" doesn't continue!!

Billie Jackson said...

Loved it! I have lived in many rent houses through the years. Followed a construction engineer dad and a Texas high school coach husband. But I have never had to resort to my car for comfort. lol

Leann Sweeney said...

I really wished I would have thought of my car when we were there. It would have been a wonderful retreat from dark, dank and dirty! :-)

Linda Johnston said...

I love that you took the chips and dip with you and made a party of it!

Leann Sweeney said...

I did, Linda. And it was quite nice not to have a dog looking at me with pleading eyes begging me to share! :-)

Melanie Backus said...

You sound like my kind of gal! Being from Texas with sometimes extreme heat in the summer, I once road up and down the road with the air conditioner going full blast because our electricity went out. A girl does what a girl has to!!!!

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Leann Sweeney said...

Oh yes, Melanie. I lived near Houston for more than 35 years and when the air conditioning failed--as it seemed to do with regularity every 7 years or so, or a hurricane blew out the power for days on end I took to my wonderful air conditioned car! (That's why you need a full tank of gas before a hurricane, not to get away, but to get cool!!)

Anonymous said...

Resourceful, Leann...way to go! :)

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Patricia. Can't miss my college football!! :-)

Anonymous said...

I agree with you about college football---LOVE MY OREGON DUCKS!

By the way, what was the temperature on Sunday?

Cordella

Leann Sweeney said...

Great team! It wasn't 28 but it was COLD. My phone app says it's 55 now. I disagree phone app. But the high winds may be fooling me, but it can't be more than 45 out there. Brrrr.

Maggie Sefton said...

I'm sorry you had that unexpected greeting from Winter, Leann. I'm with you. I hate cold, especially back East or the Midwest. The humidity makes those low temps bone rattling cold. At least it rattled my bones. I grew up in it,lived in it for ages until we moved to Colorado. And that low humidity has spoiled me rotten. The cold here simply does not FEEL as cold. Honest. Neither does the heat. After many years having these easier winters, I simply cannot live Back East in that cold anymore. I visit, then get the heck out of there. Brrrrrrrrr!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

You are VERY resourceful, my friend. Sorry you had such a miserable Nov 1, but I loved how you managed to catch your game.

XO

Leann Sweeney said...

It sure was an early taste, Maggie. I was pretty shocked when I woke up to all that white and it's been biting cold today but no more snow! This may be the only snow we get all season.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks MJ! Couldn't miss the game!! :-)

Anonymous said...

Albeit an inconvenience, it sounds like a nice little adventure. Hope your hubby recovers from his cold soon and that your "winter" doesn't get any worse.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks. He is miserable and I am told this often. :-) But colds are just plain awful so I do have sympathy.

Heather said...

Love that you grabbed the chips and dip to listen to the game in the car. I can empathize with your husband, having come down with a cold myself last week. I was surprised I still had a voice left Saturday after cheering on the Badgers in their shutout against Rutgers.