Snowy Forest by Eugeni DinevThe original plan was to drive up to Chapel Hill from Charlotte on Wednesday for a doctor’s appointment made six months ago for my sister. After numerous visits to the ER and two years of dealing with an undiagnosed intestinal disorder, her doctor sent her to the NC Memorial Hospital for further study. Conclusion: Her illness is still a mystery.

We started out Tuesday morning in Donna’s four-wheel SUV just as snow was falling. We got as far as Mint Hill when we realized there was an odd smell like rubber burning coming from under the hood. Deciding to be safe rather than sorry, we drove back home to get my Camry to make the trip. It snowed all the way to Albemarle, but then it was clear.

After we left the hospital here around 1:00PM today (Wednesday, Feb. 12), we were met with a full blown snow storm. It is now three hours later and the snow is still coming down like crazy. The weather forecast for the area is for the snow to turn to ice. Yikes! That is even worse! At least we are in walking distance to restaurants and are staying nice and warm in our hotel room.

So, here we are stuck in the Hampton Inn with TV, free Wi-Fi, paperback books, wine on ice, and a few snacks we brought along for the trip. I hear the Duke-Carolina game is still on for tonight at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill. I guess that explains the hotel lobby decorated with Carolina-blue balloons. I don’t think I will mention to anyone here that I’m a Wolfpack fan.

It doesn’t look good that we’ll get out tomorrow, so we’re aiming for Friday. The bad news is the hotel charges extra on Thursday night for a Valentine’s Day rate! Bummer! It’s not like I’m here with my sweetheart. I’m here with my sister, and we’re getting on each other’s nerves. God help us!  

Photo “Snowy Forest” courtesy of Eugeni Dinev/

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