Winter storm or 'near blizzard' conditions predicted for today. So far it's just rain. We took Kara to a Days Inn near the airport in Des Moines a day early for her flight home to California tonight. But when I look out my window, I see Jeanette walking Cooper and Sophie, the new tree in Donna's yard decorated with lights, a beacon in the early morning light, and the woods at the top of the hill that shelters any number of small animal friends. Later today I will walk a few steps to Nan's house for a massage and later we'll gather in the Common House kitchen to make a tincture of astragalus with her. And tonight we'll walk carefully up the hill (holding the railing) to Marcia's house to watch Strangers in Good Company.
As I was writing this, John called me to the window to see our Osprey hawk! Posing on Dick's truck and then flying to the top of our light pole which overlooks my bird feeder. No breakfast diners there, thank goodness. Life at Prairie Hill.
- Stay indoors during the storm. Prolonged exposure to cold can cause hypothermia.
- Walk and drive carefully on icy sidewalks and roads. Many injuries and accidents are caused by slippery conditions.
- Before driving, let someone know your destination, route, and expected time of arrival. If your car gets stuck, it'll be easier to find you
- If you lose feeling and color in your nose, ears, hands or feet, cover the exposed area, avoid rubbing your skin, and seek medical help immediately. You may have frostbite.
- When shoveling snow, take breaks and lift lighter loads. Working too hard can lead to heart attacks.
- Stay dry. Wet clothes make you lose body heat, increasing your risk of hypothermia.