The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA for those of you who don’t live here) has put the entire state in a state of emergency today. There is freezing rain which is a huge problem, but on top of it all, in the Eastern part of the state they are concerned about possible flooding.
I really don’t like freezing rain/ice at all, I am concerned about trees falling and cutting off power, especially in cold weather. I saw on Channel 5, that NES (Nashville Electric Service) will have their crews on stand-by so that if power is affected that they can get right on it as soon as possible to get power restored.
I have noticed over the years, the thing about winter storms and Nashville, whether it is snow or ice. This whole city shuts down and there is a mad dash on the Kroger and it is almost impossible to find what you need in the store! I do understand why people make the mad dash now, there are so many people here and many have never had to drive in the conditions before, because they have moved from warmer climates. I refuse to leave the house, not because I am afraid of driving on it, but because I am afraid of the other drivers.
I have plenty of candles, flashlights and batteries if the power goes off. I also have a fireplace in the new house to help keep the dogs and I warm today. I hope that everyone takes this seriously and tries to stay off the roads if at all possible. Stay safe everyone!
Today is the day that has been hyped up so much over the last few years that they have even made movies about it.
Here it is, December 21st 2012, the day is almost over and the world is still going. I fully expect to wake up in the morning to the usual kisses from the dogs and continue on with life. I won’t deny it, I am a bit of a skeptic, and had the same skepticism that I had back 13 years ago when the hype of the day was Y2K.
The world will continue to press on for now, I know that it won’t last forever, nothing does. I do not plan to live one minute of it in fear. I plan to live life to the fullest, but in the meantime, there is nothing wrong with taking in a few episodes of “Doomsday Preppers” and having a good laugh or even getting a few ideas to help prepare for natural disasters, like the flood we had here not too long ago in Nashville.
My heart goes out to the people of Newtown, Connecticut tonight, there was a horrendous school shooting that happened this morning. The death toll has reached 28 so far, including the gunman, his mother who was a teacher at the school, 6 faculty members and 20 children. What’s even worse about the children is the fact that they were Kindergartners. So young and innocent, with their entire lives ahead of them.
I cannot seem to wrap my mind around how anyone could begin to take the lives of children. Those who know me, know that I adore small children and animals. Even though, I have never taken the plunge into parenthood, I love and care for each and everyone of the children who have come into my life, whether they be family or the children of my friends.
I cannot begin to comprehend the amount of pain and suffering these families are going through this holiday season as well. It puts a lot into perspective this time of year as well, the next time I see any of my friends’ or relatives’ children, I swear I will hug them so tightly and just be thankful that they are still here.
My thoughts are with all of you in Newtown, and with all of us in America as well. Something has to give, our kids are our future and we need to protect them with all we can, because they are helpless and innocent and cannot protect themselves.
In Memory of All Those Lost in Today’s Tragedy
Well November 6th is upon us and it is Election Day. It has seemed to be a big bloody battle between the two presidential candidates. I try to stay out of all of the nasty back and forth that is going on now days between the two political parties. It is just more drama than I wish to engage in. I do however want to stress the importance of voting. So many people have worked tirelessly and fought for everyone to have the right to vote, it would be a waste not to use that right!
It is very important for everyone to try to make an informed decision while voting too. Brush up on a little bit of news here and there, and go to the polls today with at least a general idea of where the candidates stand on the issues.
So remember to vote, and I hope you don’t have to stand too long in line!
What is you opinion on Daylight Savings Time? Me personally, I love getting the extra hour of sleep in the fall, when time “Falls back”, but I hate losing the hour of sleep in the spring, when time “springs forward”. I do understand the usefulness of Daylight Savings Time. I understand that without it, at 4 am during the summer the sun would be coming up and the birds singing and keeping me from getting any sleep. It is also useful, because it allows for more a more productive use of daylight hours during the winter, and also allows for better energy conservation. People using less electricity to run lights etc.
So remember to set your clocks back and hour tonight and I hope you enjoy the extra hour of sleep!