Between Ice and Hard Places

Today is Super Tuesday here in the US of A, and everywhere we turn,  we are being admonished to “get out and vote” in the primaries. Good advice.

I was awakened this morning at 4:30 by a sound that was so unfamiliar, it took some time for conscientiousness to sort it out and relay the message to my brain! Ah yes! It was thunder! No sooner than the realization hit, streaks of white light flashed across the window in front of me! For one reason or another, this particular area where we live doesn’t seem susceptible to the (sometimes frightening) good old-fashioned thunderstorms I remember living in other areas of the state. Murphy, who seems to be unnerved by such things grew just a little restless, rising up and then settling back down when I assured him everything was okay.

I fell back asleep to the rumbling sounds overhead, and got up shortly before six-thirty. I fed the Scots and then we headed for the door. As I glanced at the thermometer, I was surprised to see that it had already risen into the 40’s! We tumbled out the door and walked down off the porch.

What I observed from that vantage point was awesome. Well, perhaps “awesome” is not exactly the right word to use……our entire driveway is shining like the top of a bald man’s head in the sunshine! All that horrible ice we received the other day is now exposed and it is treacherous! The only “safe” areas on the entire driveway are where the vehicles were parked.  Because of the ice melt we used on the sidewalk, it worked its way down onto the very top part of the driveway and melted the ice.

I will have to consult with Mark about what to do. I am not so sure that temperatures into the 50’s will even melt the crust of ice….I tried to break some up with my foot and it is S-O-L-I-D! What a mess. The weatherman said that the temperature is supposed to drop tomorrow and we are getting some snow. My prayer is that the temperature drops well before the precipitation begins.

For now, it looks like no one is going to be coming into our driveway, nor will we being going out!