I am tired of boots, and jackets, hats, mittens, scarves, and salt piled in the foyer.
I have a feeling I am going to be tired of this for quite awhile.
Yesterday I went out three times to chop through the freezing rain on the sidewalk. Chopping and salting, only to go inside to get warm while freezing rain kept piling down and all my efforts went to naught. So, out again, and again to chop and salt. Snow is much easier. I never thought I would say this but, snow would be a Blessing right now. At least I can walk in the snow.
These pictures Ray took this morning:
Snow piles in front of the house are covered in ice, and Jayden's snow tunnels are now igloos.
The little tree in front of the house looks pretty all encased in ice.
The streets and sidewalks are all coated in ice too. Cars are sliding right through the stop sign at the end of our street. And our daughter Ellie started out for work this morning but fell on the icy sidewalk and made her way back home. Ray went out and made it to the bus stop around the corner, but he called and said he almost fell about five times.
On a normal day, in the afternoons, I leave my house to pick up Jayden from school at about 2:10 PM (he gets dismissed at 2:20), I walk fast and I always get there in plenty of time. I knew the walking was going to be bad yesterday so I called my sister (she lives right down the street from Jayden's school), and I told her I was leaving my house early and would probably stop at her house first. I left the house around 1:45 and I didn't get to school until the usual dismissal time! Walking was treacherous! And trying to hang onto fences was no help at all as they were coated in ice too! I was so wishing I had kept him home!
When my kids were little I used to carry a bag of sand with me during the winter to walk them to and from school, spreading it out in front of us, a little armor against the harsh winter. I think I will have to start doing that again with Jayden.
School is open today, with 'excused lateness' in effect. But I am not even going to make an attempt. I am officially declaring today an ice day!
I hear this storm is massive. I hope you all are well, and safe and sound.