This morning I looked out my window and watched people slide down my street. We live on a hill – okay, it's more of a slope than a hill – but when covered in ice it might as well be a mountain.
I saw a man hanging onto a fence while his feet continued away from him and watched a woman fall over twice in the space of 20 feet. I watched our neighbour go to her car and struggle to get the door open. I left her warming up her car while I cleaned my teeth and got dressed. I returned to the window to watch her drive her car into the one in front of her and then not be able to reverse away because her wheels were spinning. I watched her tiptoe back into her house.
It was at this point that I decided I would be deliberately late to work today. I took a 2 hour delay hoping that the temperature would rise enough to melt some of the ice off – or that the city would treat our road and the neighbours would clean their sidewalks. Wishful thinking on all counts!
I made it to the office and back home again without a fall though I did have a couple of scary slides. I cancelled my Physical Therapy appointment because I was scared of the walk.
The temperature warmed into the mid 30's during the afternoon - ice melted – and tonight it is going to fall back into the 20's and so the rink will be back tomorrow morning!
Last night it was snow:
But by this morning ice had compressed the snow: