Driving on Ice

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine…” ~Proverbs 17:22a

I have often wondered what people would do if all the streets froze over and there was no way to melt the ice. Well, I have the answer now, because that has been my life for the past week.

How on earth does such a scenario happen? Combine record snowfalls with the depletion of the municipal salt supply, add melting snow turning to freezing rain and snow, frost below zero for a week.

We didn’t have church last Sunday because of the snow. I tried to stay inside on Monday because Stephen said the roads were horrible. (And I have never heard those words from his mouth before) Tuesday I was finally forced out to grocery shop and go to the doctor.

I have learned a few more things about driving that only come with experience. Driving in mere snow may be a cake walk for me now. All you have to do when driving on sheer ice is drive s-l-o-w. Make sure your vehicle has traction control. Turn corners very s-l-o-w. Begin the stopping process at least 100 yards before the stop sign. And do not be intimidated by the stunt driver behind you with 4×4. He will get his reward.

The roads are finally thawing. And beneath them lie all the potholes you could imagine in your worst nightmare. The road crews are working furiously today to get them all filled. (Thanks for being on the ball!) The ice ruts in some parts of town are- and I am not joking here- 2 inches deep.

Our driveway to our apartment has not thawed yet. It is still a sheet of ice. I have managed not to fall at all. I think the fact that I am now waddling like a penguin due to pregnancy may have something to do with it.

Do you want to hear the best part of this non-fiction tale? At about 4:00 this afternoon, we will be getting hit with more snow. And the weather man says that he is tracking two more systems that may be potential snowstorms for us. Laughter is the only remedy to keep from crying.

I long to be in Florida right now. My brother-in-law, Brandon, is getting married at the end of March. It will be a well deserved vacation for our entire family.

3 thoughts on “Driving on Ice

  1. I am so sorry about your bad roads. We were able to enjoy enough snow to play and have fun without any road troubles this year. I guess your farmers will have plenty of moisture this year.

    Love, Mom F.

  2. Look at the bright side – it’s warmer when it snows, well sometimes. Which is worse? 8 degrees with clear skies or 38 degrees with snow?

  3. Update – The snow came to be nothing, which is a praise. Tonight we are getting a few inches, but I will take that over a sheet of ice any day! Also, I recently learned that it can snow in extremely cold temperatures (meaning zero or below)… it just doesn’t happen often! 🙂

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