I wish my sinus system would realise that cold dry winter air is here for awhile and to just deal with it! This week, along with the colder weather, I've had really awful sinus.
It's been difficult to look at a computer screen and wearing my glasses, which I have to if I want to read anything, made things hurt anywhere the frame touched my face. On the worst day even the hair of my fringe (bangs) touching my forehead hurt and I thought my right eye would be popped out its socket from the pressure behind it.
The manservant arrived back from Chile yesterday to a relatively warm, windless day - I'm sure he thinks I was exaggerating how cold it has been here in America because I was jealous of him still being in the warmth of the Southern Hemisphere (on the 3rd day home from Australia he flew to Chile). Well, this morning he got to christen our brand new, bright red & shiny snow shovel 🙂
We only had about 1.5" of fluffy snow – more conversational than bothersome – but it still has to be cleared off the public sidewalk in front of our place and the temperature is not going to get warm enough today (or over the w/end) to melt it. My garden this morning:
There is a law* here that requires you to clear public space in front of your home or business. I like to abide by it, not necessarily because we will be fined if we don't (I'm not sure our council is that efficient) but because I think some opportunist might slip over and then sue us as they cite our failure to abide by this law.
My street this morning - from the boundary between us and our neighbour:
Tonight coming home….. obviously the neighbours on either side of us do not worry about opportunistic pedestrians:
*District law requires property owners to clear snow and ice from sidewalks, handicap ramps and steps abutting their property within the first 8 daylight hours after snow, sleet or ice stop falling.
(DC Code, 2001 Ed, § 9-601.) This applies to all property owners – residential, commercial, federal, and municipal. If ice cannot be cleared without damaging the sidewalk, then property owners may spread sand or salt to make the sidewalks safe. (DC Code, 2001 Ed, § 9-604.)
Property owners must also clear snow from the ADA-curb cuts. These are part of the sidewalk. Property owners are also asked to clear snow from catch basins and storm drains to prevent flooding during snow melt.
According to the municipal Code, if property owners fail to comply, the District is required to clear their sidewalks (DC Code, 2001 Ed., § 9-605) and sue the property owners for the cost of clearing the snow or ice plus a $25 fine (DC Code, 2001 Ed., § 9-606).