I guess it's time to make a blog entry, although there is not a lot to talk about. We stayed in TN until the 15th and then drove home in one day. It is about 850 miles but the weather had turned cold and we did not want to sleep in the truck because it would have to idle all night. That is a lot farther than I like to drive, but the big truck is made for covering long distances.
Since arriving home we have not been very busy. We have both gotten our Dr. appointments out of the way and I have finished a couple projects around the house, but nothing noteworthy.
One of the interesting things about North Texas is that it is located where Arctic cold fronts battle with warm onshore gulf breezes and moisture. It results in wild swings in temperature during the winter. We have a few days of high 70's followed by days when it does not get above freezing. This week we had one of the freaky weather conditions that happen occasionally. A front brought very cold weather on the surface, but with warm, wet conditions above the cold layer. The result is freezing rain when the drops fall through very cold air which causes them to super cool and flash to ice when they land. It results in an ice coating on everything.
Yesterday we had such a storm. There were some icy spots in the morning, but by late afternoon it got worse and continued until about one AM. When these storms hit everything comes to a halt. Schools were closed yesterday and today. Almost everyone stayed home from work and we did not leave the trailer at all Monday and Tuesday. We finally ventured out this afternoon after the sun had melted the ice everywhere except some shaded underpasses.
I have lived in winter climates and have no problem driving in snow. Ice storms are a completely different story. It is not even possible to stand up, much less drive in these conditions. If you have never experienced one, my recommendation is don't.
We plan to be here until the 23rd. We will make our way to Phoenix again for a few days, and then most likely out to the Quartzsite dessert. If Don and Betty can get away for a few days we may have a Lafferty Boondock Party.