We’re Melting!

Black and white2Our snow is beginning to melt once again, leaving our driveway and the road we live on a muddy, rutted mess. But since both are gravel, it’s to be expected.

OK, for those of you who live up north, a few inches of snow is not a problem. And I don’t understand why it was such a problem here. Granted, we don’t get a lot of snow here, but it isn’t unusual to have some snow during January and February.

We had plenty of warning that the storm was headed our way. The state and local governments have equipment which could have been deployed before it reached us, or at the very least, in the earlier stages of it.

Today I went into Gainesville, GA with our daughter. She’s a home health nurse and needed to see a patient who’d been postponed until today due to the weather. ¬†Our little back roads, of course, were untouched. But we had expected the interstate to be plowed.

No. It didn’t look like anything had been done. Though it was beginning to melt, it was treacherous. There was no evidence of a plow having been down the road. Big patches of ice and slush remained on the highway. We were afraid of what we would find once we exited the interstate.

I have to say that Hall County Georgia did a good job on their roads. All the roads we had to travel to reach the patient had been plowed and sanded. No big chunks of ice or snow in the middle of the roads. The parking lot at the hospital needed some work, but that isn’t the county’s responsibility.

Thank you Hall County. And for those responsible for I-85 between South Carolina and Gainesville, GA, take a lesson from these folks. They’ve got it going.

Stay safe everyone.

New Year’s Resolutions?

Black and white2Why do we make New Year’s Resolutions? And once we’ve made them, how do we keep them?

Now that the New Year is upon us, most of us have probably made our resolutions. The hard part comes later when life interferes with our resolutions.

Want more information about why we resolve year after year to do something we probably will not do?

Need some tips on keeping those resolutions?

Check out my Yahoo! articles here:

http://voices.yahoo.com/new-years-resolutions-12468883.html

http://voices.yahoo.com/how-we-keep-our-years-resolutions-12468907.html

Wishing you a very happy and successful New Year!

Mellie

Remembering Jester…

Me and Jester2Another old friend has passed over today–our 9 year old shepherd mix dog, Jester. It was kind of a shock. He hadn’t been ill, played with his friend, Mari just a day or two ago, and was cheerful and happy yesterday.

But this morning when I went out to feed him, I found him stretched out under his favorite tree, looking so much like he was asleep. It was hard to believe that he was gone.

Run free, big guy. Have fun wherever you are. We miss you already.

 

Be Safe

Black and white2OK, everybody. This is the last weekend before Christmas and the traffic is crazy, in the stores as well as on the street.

Above all, be safe out there.

Please practice shopping and driving safety and give yourself a little extra time to get things done. I don’t know what the weather is like where you are, but here in Georgia we’re getting ready for more rain. And that makes the streets and freeways an absolute nightmare.

Keep your eyes open, your purses and wallets out of sight, and stay alert. We want to see you around for a while longer.

For more information on shopping safety, you can read my article on the Yahoo Contributor Network.

http://voices.yahoo.com/christmas-shopping-safety-12435060.html?cat=7

Have a safe and happy holiday. I’ll talk to you later!

Ciao!

Peace On Earth, Goodwill to Men

Black and white2At least that’s what they old song says. But is it really true in this age of materialism? That’s not what I see on TV or on the net.

What has happened to our social values, when fighting over a toy–or even a tablet–is just part of the season?

For more information, see my article on the Yahoo Contributor Network.

http://voices.yahoo.com/peace-earth-12432274.html?cat=34

And have a safe and happy holiday!

‘Tis the Season

Black and white2Indeed it is. But what season is it? Christmas time is supposed to be all about peace, charity, and love. Right? But what happens on the first official shopping day for Christmas? Violence against other shoppers and law enforcement over simple things.

How much is that toy really worth? Or how about the new ¬†phone or tablet you want to get for a family member? Is it really worth someone’s life or a trip to jail?

Great way for your family to celebrate isn’t it.

Let’s remember that Christmas is supposed to be a Christian holiday. No, I’m not even going to get into the theological arguments about it. But if it is a Christian tradition, shouldn’t those keeping it show decent Christian ethics, like loving your neighbor?

Yes, ’tis the season. Help make it a happy, healthy, and safe one for everyone. Spread a little love and friendship around to those you meet.

Have a happy holiday everybody!

Thanksgiving Is Here

Black and white2Just a note to wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving. Have fun, spend time with your families, and reflect on all those things you are thankful for this year.

It seems like the world is in a hurry to get to Christmas as soon as Halloween is over. Let’s not forget to take time for gratitude.

Happy holidays to you all!