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Monday, February 07, 2011 5:08 AM

Our little neck of the woods lays frozen under ice and snow and there could be more to come. Yeah. We have a spot in our back yard that could use a little more; it’s a little lower than the rest.
This has been quite the week. First came the snow - then sleet. Of course, it could have been worse. If even a tenth of what we got was ice or freezing rain we would have been in a world of hurt. Nothing says February in Ohio like a power outage with negative wind chills.
We at The Delphos Herald mustered in each day appreciative we didn’t live somewhere else that was marking its third-or-more foot of snow for the season.
As we dug ourselves out, the sun broke through on Thursday and made the roadways a little safer and the bitter cold a little more bearable.
This is the kind of weather that makes some people restless. At least one day there was nowhere to go even if you had the urge.
Most school kids were probably wishing for more. Who didn’t enjoy a nice, unexpected break from school when they were younger? Many of us made it through the Blizzard of 78 with tales to tell and solid week or so of uninterrupted playtime.
Mom tells that my father lasted less than 24 hours before the cabin fever overtook him and he ventured outside to see what was going on.
Cabin fever - the intense need to escape one’s current abode and get outside and do … whatever.
I think I will try to come down with cabin fever this weekend. I have a hard time imagining spending so much time in the house I have to get out. I walk a dog at least 7-9 times a day and my car leaves the garage at least twice.
As I look back, I don’t think I’ve ever caught the bug that drives one outside because they just can’t stand to be indoors any longer.
So, that’s my goal this weekend. I’m going to hang around the house until I just can’t take it anymore. I’m going to exhaust myself with reading, watching “idiot” TV and doing just lain nothing.
I’ve thought this out carefully. I did the majority of my cleaning on Friday and just have a few loose ends to tie up the rest of the weekend. Then I’m going to settle in with the latest Eve Dallas book and see if I can drive myself crazy with the yearning to run outside screaming because I can’t take it anymore.
Seriously, that’s not going to happen. I don’t know how long it takes to get cabin fever because I’ve never had it but I’m guessing it takes some of us longer than others. More often than not, I’m running into the house screaming because I don’t get to spend enough time there.
Cabin fever, smabin fever. I dare the virus or bug or whatever it is to get me.
It knows where to find me; I’ll be the one in the cabin.


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