Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The ice cometh, man

We have just completed Day Three of our semi-confinement.

I'll explain.

All day Sunday the weather prognosticators were telling us we would have snow like crazy after midnight and into Monday. Expect five to eight inches, they told us. Around these parts, that's a lot of snow.

It was a holiday for me, so I was, quite candidly, hoping for the entire eight inches. It has been a long time since we had a really good snow so bring it on, I was thinking.

We awoke Monday morning and there was plenty of white but it was not snow; it was ice. And we were iced in, big-time. The snow took a detour to the north and we got the ice -- sleet and freezing rain -- and plenty of it.

Our driveway was one big sheet of ice, as was our street.

It was a work day for Wife but she generally works from home and she had a pretty light day. We had an enjoyable day and evening together.

Since I can also work a lot from home, I chose to do so yesterday (Tuesday). There was very little  melting, and the plows had made it into our neighborhood, although not very much of our street.

Yesterday afternoon I told Wife I thought we should take the pickup truck out for a spin. I had parked it in the garage when all this started. I told her worst case, we would turn around at the end of driveway and put it back in.

We got around just fine. I carefully maneuvered the icy driveway and road to the point to where things had been cleared. We made a visit to Sonic and came home.

Last night we had about an inch of snow on top of the ice. The truck still handled fine but I could definitely tell a difference with the layer of snow now on the road. I drove to the Y (to get some exercise, trying to offset all of eating I've done since being housebound) and we made our trip to Sonic again this afternoon.

Wife is usually the one to get "cabin fever" in situations such as this but I'll admit that I've been the more restless one this time.

It's been bitterly cold and tonight it's supposed to be below zero. We are not used to that, folks. I don't know that I've ever experienced sub-zero temperatures.

We are scheduled to start toward Dallas tomorrow to visit Older Son and DIL, stopping half-way in Little Rock tomorrow night. It looks like if we can get out of Nashville, we'll be fine. That's our plan.

We have become well acquainted with winter this week and I can say, unequivocally, that I'm ready for spring.


Andrew said...

Stay warm!

Kelly said...

Ice is so much worse than snow!

I hope y'all have a safe, enjoyable trip.

Debby said...

This weather seems to be affecting all areas of the country. Let me tell you that double digit negative temperatures are even less fun than ice. A Dallas trip sounds like a very good idea.