There is a reason, it turns out, that hundreds of flight attendants tell you to put your own oxygen mask on before you help other people. The reason is, if you are busy helping other people, you might forget to help yourself until it is too late. The reason I am writing about this is that it happened to me with this lovely little ice storm.

There is a reason, it turns out, that hundreds of flight attendants tell you to put your own oxygen mask on before you help other people. The reason is, if you are busy helping other people, you might forget to help yourself until it is too late. The reason I am writing about this is that it happened to me with this lovely little ice storm.


I was pretty busy the day before the storm hit. I was trying to figure out who would be where, and how we would get things covered, and how we could make people take the warnings we were posting seriously. The problem was, I had not taking it seriously enough. I thought maybe we might get some ice, but I thought it would be gone in a day or two tops. So when I went to the store, I got enough stuff for two days. And I forgot to check my mother’s medicine supply. Then the ice started coming and kept coming. And then I found out that the ice had accumulated on the ground outside the fences that keep other’s out of our home. Now, the ice that accumulated is preventing us from opening the gates and is keeping us inside.


So even if I wanted to risk the roads (I didn’t), I couldn’t get out. I should have given that situation a bit more forethought. Additionally, I pulled forward into my parking place, which means I will have to back out.


And I absolutely should have bought more baking supplies. Who gets iced in without baking supplies? Everyone was posting all of the stuff they were cooking, and all I could do was drool.


This, dear reader, is why I don’t live in Boston or New York state. This weather is not my kind of weather. I like winters where it is just cold enough to need a sweater, but never really cold enough for a parka. I like cold snaps that last hours not days. And I hate having to choose between going to work and possibly crashing my car.


So here I sit, still iced in. Yes, I could go outside and work on the ice block problem with my common sense and college-educated mind. But it is COLD out there and my mind doesn’t like the cold. My feet don’t like it, my hands don’t like it and I think that is reason enough to stay inside.


Happy birthday Tuesday to Ryan Ortiz, Jackie Don Chumbley, Jamie Cleamons, Shirley Geer, Jeanie Hancock, Rosa Brownlow, Frances Reynolds, Danny Farris, Irene Simmons, Rodney Carter and Jim Powell, all of Sherman; Dustin Parsons of Sadler; June Bell Bernabi of Pottsboro; Tassie Davidson of Sulphur Springs; Vickie Gressett of Dorchester; Koby Brownlow of Austin; Lance Jones of Denison; Joe Chamberlain of California.


Happy anniversary Tuesday to Don and Georgia Kunz of Sherman.