A Blizzard is Coming!!

20151223_monster_treeWe rarely get blizzards here in New Mexico. But our weather hasn’t been typical for the past year. Most of New Mexico is semi-arid, “high desert.” Until now, that is. We’ve had so much rain over the past twelve months that the brown desert has turned green. We’ve even had several minor flash floods, and a nearby lake that dried up over forty years ago is a lake again.

Except for the flooding, rain in the desert is a good thing. Snow is nice, too, especially at Christmas time. But….. a BLIZZARD? Yikes!.

We have a very tall, very old Japanese Elm in our back yard. It towers over our small house and the little travel trailer my stepdaughter is staying in. I’m worried about the possibility of limbs falling off in high winds, especially with the added weight of snow and ice. But when I contacted a professional tree trimmer, the quote he gave me to trim the monster you see in the above picture was $2,400. I asked how much he would charge to just cut the tree down, and he said he wouldn’t do it for less than $3,200! So that’s not going to happen any time soon…. unless we can find someone who will do the job for a LOT less.

Our blizzard isn’t supposed to hit until the day after Christmas, so we have a couple of days to stock up on supplies and batten down the hatches. I’m trying not to worry, because worrying doesn’t do anything except give me a headache. But… eeek!

Just in case the blizzard hits early and we lose our WiFi signal, I will say it now:

Merry Christmas

and

Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Here’s a picture I took of our rescued poodle running in the snow last January:

20150103_122510-1-1aLooks like fun, doesn’t it? I’m taking deep breaths now and telling myself the snow will be fun… the snow will be fun… the snow will be fun…

I’m also trying not to worry about the problems we’ve had with our roof leaking since the tornado in October. Although I patched the roof as best as I could, the asphalt tiles were so badly damaged by the hail that the roof must be replaced. We have a metal roof on order right now, but unfortunately it hasn’t gotten here in time.

After the blizzard stops, I plan to climb up on the roof to shovel and sweep away the snow before it melts.

DEEP BREATH. The snow will be fun… the snow will be fun…

Eeek.

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About Lynda Lee

Lynda Lee is my pen name. I am a former nurse, a Mensa member, and a writer, diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder caused by extreme trauma and narcissistic abuse. Formerly agnostic, I am now a Christian. My husband, a USMC Vietnam War Veteran and a Chaplain, has PTSD caused by combat. We've come a long way on our healing journey and we still have a ways to go. We put the FUN in dysfunctional. :-)
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