We knew it might be coming, but reality bites.
Freezing rain has hit all of western Washington State, coating everything with ice.
I put on my cold weather gear, grabbed a walking stick and tried to get out to see if we had a newspaper today. None came yesterday with the snow. And of course I took a camera.
It was hard to walk in the ice coated snow, but when I got to the street and put out one foot, I knew there was no way I was making it across without ice crampons.
As I was contemplating this move, the neighborhood began so resound with the cracking of trees and the crashes as large limbs came rushing down.
Sure, it's beautiful, but so dangerous. And it may be just a matter of minutes before we lose power. In an ice storm in December 1996, a night I refer to as the night of screaming trees, we were out of power for four long days. And then we had a month of clean up in the yard.
It will be an indoor day, staying away from under trees, hoping the power doesn't go out.