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My hands were shaking when I got to work

It's certainly been an interesting few days snowed in over in our neck of the woods. On Thursday morning our telephone and internet service went out. On Friday morning we were out of water.

The good news is that on Friday afternoon our water service was restored. I understand there was a broken pump somewhere along the line. The bad news is that we still don't have phone or internet service.

I've realized that internet service is an awful lot like oxygen for me -1 have trouble living without it. By the time I got to the office this morning, I was having a reaction similar to delirium tremens. I got online. I posted that all was well. And now I've stopped shaking.

Not having internet service also does something I don't particular care for - it makes me notice things I need to do. I'm happy to report that my refrigerator is clean - top, sides, front, interior, you name it. I was just thankful nothing spoke to me from its murky depths saying, "I'm a chicken from last May."

My stove top was shiny and gleaming when I left the house this morning. I'd been neglecting it for some time. The bathtub was in a similar state and likewise got a scrubbing.

And in between doing all of this, I worried. A number of trees within sight of our house fell after the storm. Would one fall on our house? Would one fall on our car? Would our roof collapse from the weight of the snow? Were my children and grandchildren okay? Were my in-laws and my siblings affected by the storm? Were they trying to call us to see if we were okay?. And were they worrying when they couldn't get through?

See, I was even worrying about worrying.

But the really frightening moment came when I looked into my kitchen cupboards and realized I had all the ingredients for no-bake cookies. You're probably wondering what's wrong with eating a couple of no-bake cookies like I could stop at two or three or even six. I did manage to refrain from fixing them and right now that's a source of pride, as it should be.

I'm hoping that storm was the last gasp of winter but I'm not holding my breath. When the snow finally melts off our shady side of the hill, I'm hoping the daffodil shoots are rising up from the ground.

I woke up in the wee hours on Friday because insomnia seems to be my constant companion. I got up and stumbled around and decided to do a little reading. But before I did that, I noticed it was awfully bright outside so I went to the window and looked out. There was a full moon shining down on the yard and on the trees weighted down with snow. I don't think I've ever in my life seen such a beautiful sight.

Send us a check

Need something to do while you're waiting for the snow to melt? Get out-your checkbook and make a contribution to one of the many funds administered by our foundation. Send your donation to Pleasants Community Foundation, 309 Second Street St. Marys West Virginia 26170. Be sure to note on the memo portion of your check which fund it is for.

If you want to discuss any of our funds or start one yourself, stop in and the office, give me a call at 304.684.3082 or email me at

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Original Publication Date: March 11, 2015

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