I'm sitting in my pajamas and slippers in my room, looking out the window at the snow.
There are about 5-8 inches outside, and 4-7 more expected overnight.
I used to think that I loved winter. I was wrong.
I LOVE being warm!
Winter after stroke makes getting around harder than ever, makes muscles ache more,and makes total inactivity indoors super appealing.
When Dad and I were teaching Acts to our middle school class at church, I noticed a verse I'd not noticed before: Acts 27:12. On the journey to Rome, Paul's ship stopped on Crete. Just as winter began, Luke wrote:
"Since the harbor was unsuitable to winter in, the majority decided to sail on, hoping to reach Phoenix and winter there."
Instantly, I drew a smiley face in the margin and a quick doodle of a camping trailer to mark its spot.
So in light of Scripture and my lost love of winter, I will be applying Acts 27:12 as close to literally as possible:
"Since the weather in Denver is unsuitable to winter in, Dad, Mom, and I decided to move not...to reach Casa Grande,(between Phoenix and Tucson), and winter there."
We aren't sure what the weather will do this week, but our goal is to pack up the fifth wheel and hit the road on Thursday, arriving in the warm sunshine on Sunday, March 1.
There we will spend the month, reading, playing Bingo and shuffleboard and horse shoes and lawn-bowling--all while not shivering. I am also going to teach myself calligraphy.
Maddie-dog is, of course, coming with us and ready to make new friends while we are there. She alone will miss the snow--it fills her with glee and energy, causing her to revert to puppyhood and go completely nuts when she is out in it.
I will do my best to keep in touch--always on Twitter and Facebook and here too, provided I can get the dictation mic to work again. It's not cooperating today, so I am scribbling away on paper and will ask Mom or Dad to type this up in a bit.
(and Mom's typing fingers [thanks, Mom!])