Not Even Winter Yet

The Iceman Cometh
The Iceman Cometh

If this pattern continues, I anticipate the coming of spring to be an unparalleled relief. It’s as much the unpredictability as the risk, the inconvenience as the disappointment at cancellations, reschedulings and taking the long way to town.

Even so, with the power outage at 1 a.m. this morning, we were told to expect it back on at 4 this afternoon. So that it has returned by 7 is the gift of a day.

We at least discovered what we need and don’t have when this happens again–maybe as soon as tonight, when winds will reach 60 mph on the ridges. At least by then the ice will be gone.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. -14F here (Fort Collins CO) this AM! I’m going out for a walk, hoping I’ll find City Park Lake groomed and open for ice skating tonight!