Wednesday, February 12,2014 Lafayette, La 2:30pm CST
What a day—started at 5:30 am our time, when the cell phone rang with Betsy’s calypso ring. Bill was not in the room and it was dark but I managed to get across the room and grab the phone before it went to voice mail. Bets woke up at 2 am freezing cold. She felt all the registers—barely warm. Temperature in the house had dropped to about 40 degrees—it was –19 outside. Feeling it was too early to call Dave Wurtz, she went about getting some heat—built a wood fire, turned on the space heater, turned on the oven, hung sheets across all the windows and between the mudroom and kitchen, emailed me and then waited until she thought it was an appropriate time to call him—6 am. He told her he’d be by after his first job but then called her back and said he’d be over in a few minutes. By this time she’d gotten the downstairs to 60 degrees. I’m proud of that kid.
When Dave got there she called us back and Bill and Dave talked. Dave said the motor had gone and he wasn’t sure where to get another. We had Roger Carpenter put it in but Roger is retired now and I’m not sure he stays in Vt in Winter, either. At any rate, Dave said he’d get something going—so Bets headed off to school and left him to it.
By this time it was 6 am here and I was wide awake so grabbed my loaf of pumpernickel bread and headed to the breakfast room for toast, coffee, juice and sausage. Came back to the room and looked out at the rain and the wind blowing the trees and the railroad guys showing up for class bundled up like Eskimoes and I asked Bill if he minded if I stayed in today. Read for awhile, took a nap and read some more. Wrote some postcards. Bill goes crazy just reading so he took a spin to Wal-Mart's—says it’s a big one. Brought back some chicken wings and cole slaw for lunch. And told me to go to Derek Jeter’s FB page—I didn’t even know that Derek had a FB page!!! lol
When I booted the computer up the first thing I saw was the MSN news feed! http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/in-kentucky-sinkhole-swallows-cars-at-corvette-museum/2014/02/12/883f4468-93fe-11e3-84e1-27626c5ef5fb_story.html We have stood in that very spot—as a matter of fact, Smoky Pig is just down the road from the museum! Thank God, no one was in the showroom!
Then I went to Derek’s page and read his letter—he is so well spoken and the letter is beautiful. I’m glad he’s staying one more season but he’ll be missed. His skills are slipping so better he leave now than to have people talk about how bad he’s become. Nevertheless, he was always so level-headed and polite—a true gentleman on and off the field. I hope whatever he chooses to do next will bring him the same satisfaction as the last 20 years with the Yankees have and I’d like to see him get another ring as a going away present. I bet his team-mates will do their best to get it for him. No A-Rod garbage to detract from the Captain’s farewell—thank goodness.
So, no pictures today—back to my book. Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny and in the 50’s and Friday in the 60’s with sun. We’ll go out and explore then and get some more oysters!!!
Hoping the weather is better where you are and that you are keeping safe and warm. KandB