Winter has announced itself. It came barreling through with no regards to the beautiful fall we were having. We may have been a bit better off than those up north, but it’s cold just the same.
Yesterday, I begrudgingly went downstairs to exercise on a stationary machine again. The views aren’t quite the same. I found myself cheering the temps as I watched the early morning news. We were just one degree away from a record low of 14 degrees set in 1932. The weatherman kept telling us he expected us to drop a few more degrees before the sun came up. “Come on,” I urged. If we’re going to be this frigid cold in mid-November, then let’s at least beat the record.
Well, we never beat it, but we did tie it. 14 degrees. November. Something’s not right.
Last night, when I heard the temps were actually going to rise throughout the night, and by 6 AM we should hit 30 degrees, I was ecstatic! I can run outside in 30 degrees! I didn’t miss the elliptical one bit.
It’s not just the weather that has us on edge these days. The Governor has declared a state of emergency in St. Louis. This is before anything has happened. I don’t know…. sometimes I wonder if we’re giving them permission to riot. Other times I’m thankful we have help if needed. Especially since I work downtown between the Arch and the Courthouse. Prime areas for people who want to be heard.
Recently, Joey posted a quote from Michael J. Fox that I believe to be true.
I tend to lean toward the positive side of things, even when the situation seems dire. Michael J. Fox has just reinforced it for me.
I’m liking the commercials that have been on our local channels recently. Well known people in St. Louis, including the Rams, are urging the people of St. Louis to come together as a team. They’re reminding us the whole world is watching to see how we react. This is our time to shine. We can set the example of how these situations should be handled. With peace and dignity.
I’m hopeful that we will be dignified. But if I were a business in St. Louis, I’d probably be boarding up as well.
With any luck, they’ll announce the Grand Jury’s decision this weekend. Because this weekend, I won’t be anywhere near St. Louis. I’ll be tucked in my quaint little home, celebrating an early Thanksgiving with Link! I’m thrilled about seeing him again! The whole family has taken off of work, so we can enjoy our time together. Since we may not see him at Christmas, I plan to make the most of our few days. It can’t get here fast enough.