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Monday, December 9, 2013

#SOL2103 Ice, snow, and debit cards.

When the next day is a school day and the forecast is for ice, sleet, or snow, I park at the bottom of my driveway.  I accept my husband's teasing that I am a "Worry Wart" and the name calling, "Wimp," as part of the price I pay to NOT drive down my long and windy driveway on dark, icy mornings.   Yesterday, was one of those days as the driveway had a thin cover of sleet over a thick coat of ice over a delicate layer of snow!  There was no way ANYONE was driving or even walking down that incline and I was grateful for my parking spot at the bottom of the cliffs.  Yet, my coat, boots, gloves and even my undies were drenched after sliding (on my bum as the kids would say) down most of the hill.   

I felt as if I had already done a day's labor when I finally made it to my ice-ensconced car!  I gingerly opened the doors, started the engine and began the ice removal process.  As I got out to work on the windshield, I realized I had forgotten an ice scraper!  I wondered if the job was too big for my credit card. Yet, I'd used it before.  It works remarkably well in this situation - most of the time!  This time, however, the card did not fare so well.  With one swipe on the icy window, it turned into many fractured pieces of plastic.

Fortunately, the main roads were generously salted and lots of people were late; thus, my trip was really not that bad. When I finally I got to work and eventually dried off (it took all day), I was left with questions about whether or not I would be driving up the driveway any time soon (fortunately, thanks to my husband and rock salt, I did). 

Fortunately, there was only one casualty yesterday morning: my debit card.  I ordered a new one and I also put a big, heavy duty ice scraper into my trunk!

10 comments:

Michelle Haseltine said...

I'd be right there with you. Ice is the worst! So sorry about your credit card. (Confession: I've done the same thing!) I think you are very resilient and creative!! Hoping the weather is nicer today. We have a snow day...more snow, less ice. Wishing you a day filled with safe roads and dry clothes! :)

Teachers for Teachers said...

I also live on a hill and your piece made me laugh out loud. It causes quite a scene most winter mornings in our home. My husband typically has to get me into my car on those mornings. Thanks for sharing!
Clare

Carol said...

I'm laughing with you this morning Anita! Can't imagine being wet all the way down to your undies all day! And then to find out the ice scraper was all the way back up at the top of the hill! Yikes! Glad you could make do! Hope today is warm and sunny!

Ramona said...

Anita, you are one brave teacher! Hopefully, things are thawing out. I like the two "fortunately" paragraphs you included at the end of the slice. Kudos for putting that ice scraper in your car.

Julieanne said...

Oh man when you slid down that hill, then the credit card shattered, I was afraid you would need to climb back up that hill! So much just to start your day. I admire your strength and resilience. You're not wimp. Hoping the weather gets better.

Dana Murphy said...

Yikes!! What a day you had! This is reason #487 I loathe the winter. Glad you're ok! Think warm thoughts.

Tara @ A Teaching Life said...

I'll take snow over ice any day...what an adventure you had!

Stacey said...

You keep parking at the bottom of that driveway, Anita! I would do the same thing if I lived on a hill. (I live on an incline and I've had trouble getting up the driveway before.)

LInda Baie said...

I'd keep at the bottom of the driveway too, but if you have a garage, it would help the ice. What a dilemma! I'm surprised you didn't have a 'snow day', so many seemed to. Sorry about the credit card, but glad you didn't hurt yourself in the big slide! What a day!

PAMELA HODGES said...

Anita,
You are so funny. Soaked all the way to your undies. Your story was so engaging. And forgive me for laughing.
Thank you for telling your story. And I hope you slide down the hill next time in snow pants.