Monday, January 27, 2014

Enough Already!

Yes, I know our winter hasn't been cold by almost anyone else's standards. But for New Orleans, this is miserable.

Last week's freezing blast effectively cut off the city: the Causeway over the lake, the long elevated spans through the swamps of the I-10, I-55, and I-12, and the bridges over the river were all closed. And now they're talking about doing it again tomorrow. Schools and universities are all closing, which is rather amazing to those of us who went to school up north and remember trudging through blizzards, but I guess it's all relative. They're saying we might even get snow, which would actually be rather nice. I mean, I already have a dead garden, so we might as well have snow!

Kitten Update: I mentioned in the comments section of the last post that Banjo was having trouble; he was having some sort of seizures and wasn't able to swallow food, and I was afraid maybe we were looking at the end. But he's rallied and is back to normal (or at least, he's back to his normal). So while it's worrisome and I'm having to accept that he is not going to be an old cat, for the moment he's still with us. His sister, Scout, is doing great. Both are getting amazingly big.


LOgalinOR said...

Thank goodness-Banjo looks like a real sweetie, another 'life' saved, perhaps (out of nine). You have to enjoy all the moments you have with them.
So sorry about your weather situation in NOLA. Your photo of the freeze is captivating, however deadly in its havoc with nature in your area. We have a different situation going on along the entire west coast. We are bone dry! The snow pack is way, way below average and normal. If the rains (by now we are going to need monsoons) don't come soon, by summer-the whole west coast will be ready to be torched with wild fires and (severe) water restrictions.

Anonymous said...

I'm so happy to hear about Banjo (and Scout). Thanks for the picture. He does indeed look much bigger. Do they still get into the rigs your husband built up for them, or has he had to build bigger ones? Sorry about the frost and cold. As LOgalinOR notes, we've had cold but no precipitation at all. Counting down the weeks for Sebastian.... Hope all continues to look up in your household. Sabena

Suzanne said...

Thank God Banjo is doing well. He looks so beautiful. The news reports of the weather in the US looked terrible. It makes life so difficult to be grounded due to weather.

Our major bridge in Melbourne, the Westgate, has been closed too as it has cracked in the heat.

LOgalinOR, I really feel for you. We went through your situation for 13 years here in Southern Australia. It is really hot here at the moment, 39C today, but thankfully we have had enough rain along with it. Even though we don't have a drought at the moment we are on stage 2 water restrictions permanently in preparation for when it happens again. We have had bushfires already, but thankfully a long way from where I am.

Charles Gramlich said...

I'm getting a snow day so I guess things could be worse. :)

paz said...

I thought of you when I heard the news of winter storm in New Orleans. Your poor garden! The picture is beautiful though, as other have already said. What do you do with your "outside" cats in this weather?

I here in the Northeast we are tired of the artic blast, and want it to be a thing of the past already. That's what I get for wishing that my white Christmas would last just a little longer.

lmhess said...

Gosh, I think you got our winter. We've had almost no snow at all up here in the northwest. A very strange year. Banjo is so cute - I'm glad he's hanging in there.

cs harris said...

LOgalinOR, he's one of the sweetest, most loving cats I've ever known. I've heard about the dry west coast. I really shudder to think about next summer.

Sabena, unfortunately one needs plenty of space for the walkers--like a driveway--so with this awful winter we haven't been able to use them often.

Suzanne, where in Australia do you live? Sorry if you told me before and I've forgotten. We almost lost our house in the foothills of Adelaide to a bush fire--the walls of the house were glowing red, and we had the car loaded and ready to go. It was one of the scariest moments of my life.

Charles, yes, Steve has the day off, too. He's going to do taxes, poor guy!

Paz, the Pee Cats come inside whenever the temperature is expected to drop below 40. They've been in the bathroom A LOT this winter, and they really don't like it (although they like it better than being outside when it's cold!). And I really shouldn't complain when I see what the northeast has been going through.

Imhess, my sister lives in the mountains in Idaho, and our temperatures have frequently been below hers!

Suzanne said...

Candy, losing your house must have been a horrendous experience. And you had to go through it again after Katrina. It must have been awful.

I live in the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne, at the foot of the Dandenongs, which you may have heard of. Thankfully I have never lost a home, but bushfires have got close enough for me to have to evacuate twice. The first time I was only four but I can still both see, and smell it vividly in my memory and I still have nightmares about it. I stood on tiptoes and looked out of my bedroom window and a wall of flame was coming at us over the horizon. It was terrifying.

My way of dealing with fires now is to have plenty of insurance, circle the map and if one comes within my circle I pack up the car and get out fast!! It is an experience I have no intention of putting myself through again.

Barbara Butler McCoy said...

I feel for you, I really do. The impact all around is teeth-grinding. The specter of wild fires and water restrictions is worrisome, too. Reading everyone's comments I get a nice feeling of kinship. Thanks, Candy, and good luck everyone.

JustWingingIt said...

Thanks for the update on Banjo and Scout. So glad to hear he's holding his own. He's a beautiful cat.

I live in San Antonio and we haven't had too bad of a time here weather-wise this winter. Which works for me because I'm not a cold weather person. If I lived anywhere up north where the temps drop below zero, I'd have to find a job that never required me to leave the house.


cs harris said...

Suzanne, thankfully our house in Adelaide didn't actually burn--they stopped the fire a few hundred feet away. But I will never forget that roar. The Dandenongs are beautiful; what a wonderful place to live.

Barbara, you're right, the weather is wrecking havoc everywhere. Climate change...

Veronica, my older daughter is an Air Force doctor in San Antonio. She's been amazed at the vast swings in temperatures, from 70 to 30 in one day.

Anonymous said...

c- i can understand your frustration. its just not normal for where you live. this has been a very cold few weeks here in the big apple area as well. some mornings its -5 with the wind chill. the building i work in cranks the heat to 90. so i have to wear short sleeves to the office under my parka! and i have a small fan blowing in my cube. its the world of bizarro. sorry to hear about your garden as well. mother nature is in a snit for sure.
good for banjo. such a sweet face. a good friend just rescued a kitten from her under her porch. and he has become the family favorite. even the dog likes him!
best, ali

LOgalinOR said...

It's always amazing, that on the topic of the weather, most everybody has at least something to say about it--good, bad, or indifferent, and from all parts of the world. Mostly about all the changes and extremes, probably due to global warming, affecting humans and wildlife the world over. Mark Twain (late 1800's) said it best, "Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get." LOL