C R A Z Y ! ! !
Strong winds and rain greeted me when the alarm clock buzzed this morning at 5:45, and gale warnings were up until late Thursday afternoon. I dressed with more layers than I’ve worn on the Island since I returned one February for Winter Festival. TWO sets of Cuddl Duds (top and bottom), a turtle neck sweater, another pullover and over all that – rain gear (jacket with hood and rain pants). The only things not protected from the rain were my feet and hands, which was a big mistake. I wore heavy socks and leather boots, and by the time I’d been working an hour, my socks were squishy wet, and my toes were frozen. Reminder to self: Add plain black rubber boots to my Christmas list (I just couldn’t bring myself to don my black and white polka dot rain boots to go work – not a very professional look. Silly me. After an hour of being splashed by the river running through the entrance gate and then stepping down into that river to talk to hundreds of ladies going to the island, I would have given anything for dry, warm toes. But everyone survived, and Shepler’s did a fantastic job. Those were some tired employees at the end of the day, and they didn’t get off at 1 p.m. like I did to go home and nap for three hours.
By 2:00 I was home, sitting with my feet up in my recliner (toes all dry and cozy in wool socks) and covered in a blanket. Three minutes later I was sound asleep and didn’t wake up until almost five. No matter how wet and wild these three days have been, it’s always fun to volunteer at Shepler’s.
Having worked three days, and with the weather like it’s been, there have been few chances to get out for pics. So tonight, I’m going to post some photos from Ted and from friends who have given me permission to use their work. On Monday, while I was working and before the weather got so bad, Ted took Maddie and Bear on a two-hour walk. I’m so sorry I missed going with them, but Ted got some really nice shots! Enjoy!
After a week of wind and rain, we always look for God’s promised rainbow.
Next week will begin the countdown – less than a week to go. The days are piling up on top of each other now, and the reality has set in. I’m going to try and get a lot of packing done this weekend so I can at least get a few posts written next week before we go.
See you Monday, have a great weekend, and God bless.