Tonight was a primitive night. No electricity and therefore no water, heat, refrigerator or anything electrical. I came home at 6:45 pm to realize this for the first time. Evidently I was told but it didn’t register, and the busyness of work consumed my day. My wife was cuddled up in the bed shivering and the kids were flying off the wall. The house was a wreck and Tara was too. I didn’t win the husband of the year award.
The day was messed up from the beginning. I woke up at 5 am to a bunch of snow and an instant headache. Tara cancelled her scheduled appointments at Mayo because we got stuck in our cul de sac…twice. Tara said I should just enjoyed some time at home with the family, but instead I was mad and stressed. I was receiving calls already from customers with trees and limbs down and the fact that I could not get out of my driveway infuriated me.
There are very few times that an arborist is a first responder and the critical help that someone needs. But storm time is that time. So if we can’t be there at that time, what good are we. We did not want the extra work and it will test my ability to balance home and work more than ever.
Tomorrow is Tara’s chemo and appointment with the Oncologist. She is still not feeling the best, as is becoming the norm. Each week we hope for a solution for it, but there is typically something said that implies we just have to expect this and tough it out. Well, she has been, and will continue if she has to. A solution would still be nice.
I would probably look around and see blessings if I felt like it. I just don’t. All I see is that freakin snow. I hope when I wake up, I realize this was all just a nightmare. Today snow got me stuck 4 times total. Snow made our electricity go out for 12 hours so far. Snow made me work extra and will overwork me for the next week or more. Snow made us miss our appointments. And to think in 5 months we’ll be planning for more of it.