The Other I

February 28, 2018

Waiting for the weather

Filed under: Just Stuff — theotheri @ 4:55 pm

Bad weather is expected to hit the Island this week

Isle of Wight County Press

Weather forecasters have been warning all of us in the UK that we are facing one of the worst storms to hit the country in more than 25 years.  Tomorrow is scheduled to be the coldest day on record in London, where tens of thousands of people are struggling to get home with cancelled trains due either to the snow or freezing temperatures that disable the track signals and so make trains too dangerous to run.  Scotland is in lockdown, and blizzards are on their way bringing vicious winds and snow.

Very shortly after we started to live together in New York, Peter suggested that we buy a camping stove.  For heavens sakes why, I asked.  We have a perfectly good stove.  Because, he said, a back-up is often the difference between an emergency and inconvenience.

I learned that lesson early, and I can’t count the number of times I have been grateful in the last 45 years for one kind of back-up or other.  Sometimes it was spare cash, sometimes food in the refrigerator, sometimes a blanket in the back of the car.

So when the forecasts predicted this coming storm, we went to the grocery store and stocked up.  We checked our camping stove, lanterns, flashlights, radio batteries, butane heater, i-pad batteries, and cell (mobile) phones.  We even got an extra bottle of gin and supply of tonic.  We are now waiting for the weather, all braced for inconvenience of being snow-bound without electricity or central heating as we hunker down in our warm house.

The irony might be that we are in a small cul-de-sac just south of Cambridge and north-west enough of London to miss the worst of the storms blasting in from Siberia, and northern Europe.

I’ll be a little disappointed if it doesn’t hit us, to tell you the truth.  I was looking forward to being a stalwart survivor.


  1. Be safe! It’s been in the 70’s here in El Paso TX and today high is only going to be 54 and I am feeling “put upon” by the weather gods!
    Are you coming to the reunion in April?


    Comment by kay lent — February 28, 2018 @ 5:39 pm | Reply

    • Hi Kay – Thank you for the best wishes. We are hunkered down, pretty much kept inside by the snow, wind, and ice, but like you, are looking around and feeling luckier than most. Tens of thousands of homes are without electricity, and miles of cars on some of the major highways have trapped people for as long as 24 hours. The military have been called out to help the transport police rescue them, or at least make sure they have some food and water. Hard to complain that we’re feeling trapped in our nice warm house, isn’t it? I regret I won’t be coming to the reunion in April, but as I learned when my mother died when I was a postulant at Maryknoll, leaving 8 younger sibs behind, I wasn’t given the gift of bi-location. Today I am needed on this side of the pond for the foreseeable future. With so much global communication it’s hard to remember sometimes that we each still must live our concrete lives in the limits of time and space. I’m sure, given your own family experiences, you know what I mean.


      Comment by Terry Sissons — March 2, 2018 @ 12:02 pm | Reply

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