Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Salt And Sand And Slips And Falls

I feel so stiff, and I am so tired of slipping and sliding my way to Jayden's school each day.
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.


  1. Carrying a bag of sand sounds like a good precaution. You be careful.

  2. Hi Eileen!
    Since I walk the dogs several times a day, and salt isn't good for them, I always use sand for our path. However, it makes a mess in the house no matter how many times we wipe our shoes off or even take them off! So I am continually sweeping and sweeping!!
    I feel for you Eileen. I know how much more of this stuff you have gotten on the East Coast!
    Our schools are closed today and really they didn't need to as the roads are fine. But we have a lot of rural areas that the buses run down so they will close if the buses can't run.
    You should be in good shape by the end of all of this, you've already started your spring work out! Love Di ♥

  3. I don't like ice storms at all, will take the snow any day. Hope Ellie is okay and I am so glad you kept Jayden home today. It is better to be safe than sorry. You should have those things you slip on your boots (forget the name of them) but they stick into the ice and you won't fall or slip. My sister uses them all the time. It is mild here today but we are expecting heavy snow this weekend....:-)Hugs

  4. I can't imagine how dreadful this would be, Eileen! The older I get, the more concerned I am about falling. (It used to be a joke that I fell at least once every winter. It's no joke anymore!)

    It really WAS interesting to see your pictures. That one of the tree is quite beautiful!

  5. Oh, Eileen... you be careful! Stay warm and safe...


    Sheila :-)

  6. I feel for you, Eileen...the ice and snow here are bad enough, but nothing compared to yours. I left a comment here yesterday about my needing to 'sand' my way to the bird feeders, but guess it didn't take! It snowed here a bit overnight, later today I have my sister's funeral to attend, hope for calm weather then.

  7. I had no idea...this is all so new to me. So if it gets extra cold after the snow, then the snow turns to ice? How scary trying to walk through that! And driving must be equally as difficult. I hope you get some sunshine soon to melt the ice.