Well, you know how I blog about volunteering for the Sheriff's Office? Well, BOTH my bosses were laid off. It was really abrupt, and things are crazy at the moment. We had a meeting/pot luck to see what was going to happen. Basically, they will be there until the end of the month, and then THEIR boss will be our boss, if we are kept on. The Sheriff would like to keep us on, so he can keep the substations open, but the one that is going to be the 'new' boss has about 3 or four groups he is working on now, he has other things that have been added, with the cuts, and gee, he really should do the 'catching the bad guy' stuff, I suppose... (Yes, heavy snark content...)
I have so enjoyed this 'job', and it has been as near to a family atmosphere as I have ever seen with a group, and this is just tearing the absolute guts out of nearly everyone. I have started writing letters to whomever I can think of on how this can be changed. I don't know if it will help, but at least it will make me feel like I am doing something besides gnashing my teeth.
Okay, enough with the unhappy s***. In other news, I know spring is coming! Because:
First egg of the season! Yay! I don't have to buy eggs now. (I buy them begrudgingly, as I don't use lights in the chicken house, so for a few months in winter I get zippo in the egg department...)
I was going to put this last section up in the morning. Well, it is morning. Barely. To explain. I am signed up with a county wide notification system. It notifies big stuff (chemical leaks, major weather events) and then it can notify in specific areas, about localized events. This is what occurred this evening about 6ish. I received a phone call that a woman had been lost about a half mile or so away from me, as the cliche'd crow flies. I filed it away under "Hmm", and went on.
We went to bed a bit later, and realized we heard helicopters. They were doing a grid search, I suspect, as I heard LOUDquietLOUDquietSORTAloudquietquietquietquiet gone. I went to sleep.
I woke to lights in the bedroom!
I panicked, jumped out of bed, and as always, tangled in the **** bedsheets, waking Husband. I headed to the window. Husband, who seems to always be a bit more clear headed right after waking up, unlike me, said, it's probably just the Search and Rescue (SAR) kids.
I went to the door, while Husband went and shushed Rudee, and listened. 3 or 4 "kids" were walking up the road, shining flashlights in the ditches, on the road, across the pasture, anywhere a person might be, while talking about what direction they were going next.
Yep, SAR. I think my heart rate slowed to less than 100 at that point. I went back to bed.
And didn't sleep.
Between thinking about the bosses being canned, worrying about the woman, and if she was okay in the latest weather we've had, (somewhat chilly, and heavy rain, with cooler weather to come), wondering how the deputies were doing out there, and the fear spike, I didn't go back to sleep. I tried several things, and calmed down, but still couldn't sleep. So, I got up, turned on my computer, (light level as low as I could get it on same) and read comics, wrote an email or two, and decided I would add to this blog.
Sooooo, I will let you know how all this turns out, but even with cuts, it looks like the Sheriff is still going to be busy! I might even see if I can take some water and snacks down to the group later, if the search is still going on.
And, it's 2 am by the computer clock, so I am going to TRY to go to bed again, and see if I can at least salvage a LITTLE sleep.
Which, the way things are going, means Husband will be up at 3ish to finish some job... : /
(Update: At approximately 9:30ish a.m., the woman was found, and is safe, so the end to this story was happy, if nothing else!)