Winter Storm Diego, Georgia Mountains


I’m writing this with battery power on my laptop.  Sometime yesterday about noon it began to snow. And then we began to get rain.  And then it stopped.  By 1:40 this morning we had no power.  So, I’m sitting in a dark house, gas logs going, no internet and an iPad that is about out of battery power.

We are bored, but we had frozen soup and chili for just such an occasion, and I had kale soup for lunch.  It’s not as bad as it sounds.  There are other veggies and seasonings that keep it from tasting like kale.  I have a general aversion to the whole family of cruciferous vegetables – broccoli, kale, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower – but eat them all because they are good for me, and because if you add enough other things they don’t smell so bad.

I just got a text from Georgia Power saying that we should have power back in an hour. 

There is about 2 inches of frozen snow and ice on the ground.  It is about 37 and the overnight low will be below freezing.  We are slated for more rain/freezing rain/sleet tomorrow.  I have an appointment with my radiation oncologist on Thursday in Durham, six hours from here, but at this point there is no route to get there that isn’t covered with ice or snow.  We’ll see how things progress/regress.

I would say that POTUS Trump is starting to panic over the Mueller investigation because he is tweeting lies, outrageous claims and doing it all with half a dozen shopworn words, but that is no change from his previous behavior.

The only problem with heating with space heaters is distribution.  It’s cold in my office.  It could be cold in the whole house.  I’m glad for the gas logs.

And as long as I’m expressing thanks; we didn’t get the blizzard conditions that were forecast.  Friends tell us that there are limbs down around the area from accumulated ice.  I imagine that one of those caused our power outage.

Initially we had winds up to 35 mph in the forecast.  If those happened I slept through it, I don’t think it happened because there is snow lying on tree branches.

I would love to be a fly on the wall in the George and Kellyanne Conway home.  She continues to spin a line of B.S. and George tells us all that Trump is lying.  It is interesting that Mr. Trump hasn’t fired Kellyanne or announced her “retirement” as he did General Kelly’s. 

Last night, before the power went off, we tuned in to NetFlix and everything was in Spanish. I understood just enough to know that a player said, “I see you and raise you five.”   L spent about half an hour on the phone with a very patient young man at Netflix who helped talk us through how to go back to English.  I would think that someone was riding on our server for free who speaks Spanish except that our password is nonsensical and alphanumeric. 

That’s about it.  I’m going to log off as it is possible that GA Power has underestimated the downtime.

Stay warm and keep your powder dry.

Addendum: Georgia Power texted me at 2:00 to say the power would be back at about 2:30. At 4:00 I went to the car to recharge my iPad which was down to 11%.  Simultaneously, I got a text saying it would be back on by 7:00 p.m. and the power came back on.  Right hand left hand thing I guess.

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Comment by koshersalaami on December 9, 2018 at 8:08pm

Stay safe. 

Comment by Rodney Roe on December 10, 2018 at 4:08am


Comment by Rodney Roe on December 10, 2018 at 6:07am

It is 35 on a Monday morning.  Chance of rain is 90% with possible snow at times.  It will drop overnight to 25F with rain chances dropping to 50%.  We may have more freezing rain and power outages. 

Yesterday, during the outage, the lack of news, inability to go out, and darkness gave a sort of claustrophobic feeling like living in a cave.  Pity our ancestors who couldn't find out what the Trump of the time was up to.  Just huddle against the cold, stoke the fire and wait for the weather to clear.

Comment by alsoknownas on December 10, 2018 at 7:37am

Rescheduling doctor appointments is a real headache.

I hope it works out but my experience with snow/ice combination storms is that it gets worse for days first. The thawing hours just aren't there.

How do you ignite the gas logs? A match makes sense but the space heaters without power didn't. I have a kerosene heater for the garage, which can be used with a half inch crack of ventilation says the manual. but I lift the door to about six inches.

Days of cruciferous vegetable soup could set anyone to praying. It sounds ghastly.

Comment by Tom Cordle on December 10, 2018 at 8:06am

Keep calm and keep candles handy. Power outages are God's way of reminding us we need to do something about climate change before it's too late.

We have so far missed the worst of it here in TP, Tenn. We came thisclose to having ice on the ground yesterday, but that's about it. We do get winter here, but snow and ice are rare, and then they're a problem for a day or two or three at most. Indeed, our weather is most often similar to Atlanta's. Thank God for the protection of the mountains here in the foothills of the Smokies.

What we do get is rain, lots of it, and this has been the most rainy days I can remember since we moved here twenty years ago. Had I known this part of America is categorized as a temperate rainforest, I might have gone elsewhere.

As they say, everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it. I say you're officially old when you talk a lot about the weather anyway.

Comment by J.P. Hart on December 10, 2018 at 12:14pm

doo-wah's list 'done yesterday' underscored has me unicycling about faster than a NASCAR ratchet wrench. Apparently she's at last on the right side of Messrs.Dow mit Jones and assigned me to skip trace and recall household staff whom she'd laid off midsummer. However I'm still the assignee of 'commercial level power cleaning' right now and all this figure 8 mopping finds the outer~limits of my carpel tunnel and 48 hour antiperspirant real cricketee-quickety. All Sunday, when I wasn't calling in real or imagined favors over the telephone, she'd me sorting her plethora of belt-line glossy magazines. Geeze whata and eight-mile high collection!
You betcha I was slow at it. Nearly startled to stasis by that purported Putin quote, 'The nation that controls Artificial Intelligence will rule the world'. You'd think she'd get me on that Nation cruise to Santiago.
!0!Hippy Belated Birthday, Rodney!0!
Collars have been turned high up here for a good while. Wind chill digi-rama-rustbelt-opia. Day before I'd spooked a pair of mengy-menacing-well matured coyotes and wished for a Go-Pro to define their cunning lurk and clandestine speed deep within the crepuscular silence.
And several moon phases ago the Geneva Lakes area got deluged by hot summer storms.
Subsequent high wire power snafu outages wasted statistically high tonnage of frozen foibles and riled the bass fishing.
What the hell!
No place like home for the Billie Holidays :)

Comment by alsoknownas on December 10, 2018 at 2:17pm

Cordle's statement needs help:"I say you're officially old when you talk a lot about the weather anyway."

Should be:

I say you're officially old when you talk a lot about the weather, or your pets, or your aches and pains anyway.

Comment by Tom Cordle on December 10, 2018 at 4:00pm

I stand colo-rected

Comment by The Songbird on December 10, 2018 at 6:27pm

It IS a comfort to be 'connected' in times of outages, and although I live in Ohio, this is not the first time I've been rather aghast at what our Georgia-area folks have to endure with blizzardings.  Not like a long history of preparedness in place.  But I also wouldn't give Mr. Trump the honor of saying he could fix it just because he denies nature.  Oops -- I think I just made my statement be its own nemesis.  Bring on the down, and let the body heat begin!!  Talk about living off the grid!  Bddddddrrrrrzzzhhhiver!!!  Hang in, and glad we're here. 

Comment by Rodney Roe on December 11, 2018 at 3:46am

Songbird, it just doesn’t happen - storms like this - for people to want snow removal equipment. The tax base is pretty low here. The commissioners would want to contract the service and we are back to the problem of frequency. Also, the folks here would not want to interfere with God. “The Lord put it here. tThebLord will take it away.”

i was supposed to have a serviceman come today from Asheville. He can’t get out of his neighborhood.

Thanks for your comment. I am glad to be here.


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