Saturday, February 16, 2008

Snowbound!

On Tuesday, we got some snow, a few inches followed by lots and lots of rain. I decided to wait to plow. The thinking was, if I removed the snow I would have sheer ice on my challenging driveway. I figured it would be easier to clear the rain with the snow. The next morning everything was frozen, solid! Duh! What did I think was going to happen overnight! I couldn't break the crust of the snow. I tried the plow, nope, just rode on top, so did the truck. There was no way I was pointing that thing down the hill. I looked at the weather, it said the next day the temperature would be up above freezing, 38. It'll be softer tomorrow, I reasoned, I'll clear it then. Well, the temperature rose alright, to a whopping 33 degrees for about 2 hours mid-day. The snow was even harder.

Today is Saturday and I am still stuck. 5 days have passed, I can't get to my jobs, can't get the supplies I need, can't get to the tools I need. I have deadlines closing in on me both financial , and jobs, and I can't meet any of them. I'm here at my house wondering if and when I will ever be able to clear the driveway. In the meantime, I'm nurturing along my ulcer, and looking for ways to occupy my mind and keep it off my sticky situation.

I made the trek down to my mailbox yesterday in my snowshoes. I really had to jab the poles in hard to drive them into the snow. Other than that, I've been holed up here, no human contact, no trips to the grocery store, no human contact, no relaxation, no human contact...

The walls are closing in on me. My dogs are sick of me, and soon we'll be competing for the last bits of food in the cupboard. I may be out there tomorrow in my snow gear on my hands and knees, with an ice pick, hacking away at the thick icy coating until my fingers bleed. I can feel my sanity slowly slipping away, goodbye coherency, bye bye..hehheheheeeeheheee.

24 comments:

kj said...

do you need help,girl? are you starving?

this sounds very frustrating and irritating. there's got to be some way to handle that driveway of yours. i'm thinking. meanwhile, i pray for thaw. jeez.

RED MOJO said...

It is those things and more, but it's my own fault. I should have plowed immediately, and I would not be in predicament. I'm not starving yet, but my mother has volunteered a trip to the store for me if I need it. It's supposed to be pretty warm and rainy on Monday, and I'm hoping that day I can somehow break through.

Ces said...

How will your mother bring the food to you. Can't you order them online and have them delivered by those companies that promise "well deliver come rain or sleet or Red Mojo's driveway" ...Okay I am not much help. I just thought I'd let you chuckle or get mad at me, at least you will be coherent which I am not early this morning...Really Red, I feel your pain. I used to live in America and I know the snow can give you cabin fever and I did not even live in a cabin...keep the internet connection going honeygirl.

RED MOJO said...

ces, thank you, I could never be mad at you. Of course Mom would make a foot of the driveway delivery and I'd be hauling up the food on my sled with my snowshoes. Maybe I could even get her to take me out to lunch and talk to me!!!

VE said...

Bummer on that. It's days like those when being a beach bum on some tropical island sounds pretty good...

RED MOJO said...

ve, I'm hard pressed to think of any day when being a beach bum on a tropical island doesn't sound good!

tsduff said...

Did you ever hear that old song by The Buoys "Timothy"? Good thing you aren't holed up with a buddy... doggies beware! I know you lost weight recently, but this is a helluva horrible diet girl!

Seriously - I can't even imagine being in your predicurment. Maybe time to break out the rock climbing equipment?

Wieneke said...

I have been away for some days (little holiday in my own country and it was awesome) and I am making up my favourite bloggers. I am shocked to learn you have been locked up in your own house for days. Is it already better now? I hope so, RM. This is really not funny for you. Are you grinding your teeth all the time?

Debra Kay said...

I feel ya girl. In December I was stranded at my parent's house while my own house froze (power outage). I slept alot to pass the time.

Still, there is some serenity to be had in knowing it's really out of your hands at the moment. Could have, would have, should have, what does it matter? Fix yourself some kind of soup (even if it's dog kibble soup) and then go play in the snow. Make snow ice cream. Nap. Take pictures of your driveway. Build an igloo. Ride your rowing machine to a new world record!

Boo7 said...

Oh my goodness RM!!! Well now it's Sunday night....things any better over your way?? Hope so!!

Come back to us and let us know what's going on kay??

RED MOJO said...

tsduff, well, aside from the snowshoes, I haven't broken much out. Today I was outside with a hose and a steel garden shovel, wetting down the ice and then shoveling it up a chuck at a time. I got about 12 feet of one wheel path done, and I was wet, frozen and it started to rain/sleet, so I quit.
Tomorrow, I'll try again, I'd say I'm 4% done.


wieneke, I'm glad you had an awesome vacation. I'll go over to blog and read about it in a little bit. I have no teeth left to grind, no I'm pulling out the hair.

debra kay, I have set a new personal best for continuous distance, and I was on it today for about an hour and 15 min. today, when I got done, the dogs were going crazy, because my Dad was here, standing outside the door. He hiked up the side of the driveway in the snow. He said it took him about 20 minutes! My Mom was trying to call me while I was rowing and freaked out when she couldn't get me, so she sent him to find my body.

RED MOJO said...

boo7, Nice to hear from you. I'm still stuck, but I'm like a prisoner now, thinking of ways to tunnel out with a spoon!

Ces said...

Did you get food delivered to you yet? Try watching some tv shows. I would like to be snowbound and watch movie series, trilogies, etc. just as long as there is enough food. On second thought, I don't think I like to be snowbound by myself. Try cleaning the bathrooms, vacuuming or rearranging your closet... :-)

citizen of the world said...

SOunds like a serious case of cabin fever. Which might just explain gthe previous post. I'd love a single day of being snowed in, but not much past that. Hope you are liberated soon!

Ces said...

Are you okay?

RED MOJO said...

citizen, It is serious! You would get a ton of stuff done. I've pretty much let if gnaw away at me.

ces, I have today to free myself. If I don't get unstuck today, I'll be here for another week, or more!

charlotta-love said...

Sometimes I miss the snow. Then I think, nah, Georgia is JUST fine.

I hope you get out soon!

Debra Kay said...

Just a thought-do you have a rope? If you tied a rope at the top of your driveway and through it down you could haul up food, or help haul up visiting relatives, or yourself.

I've been trapped at my house since Thursday (flu) but I do have keys and I can leave if I need to, so it's not the same thing.

I'm thinking we need to get together and macrame an emergency escape ladder for next winter. If your driveway is THAT steep, a cardboard box sled might not be the thing.

Congratulations on your personal best!

Ohoh, if they are big dogs you could teach them to pull a sled-that's always fun and can be useful at times.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Hey, does the word "Florida" mean anything to you? Or maybe "Hawaii?"

I'm worried about you. This brings back memories of being icebound on a mountain in Vermont when I considered eating the furniture.

By the way, I know it sounds trivial right now, but there is an award for you at my place. I wish it were food and company, though.

kj said...

jeez, rm, we don't live in a remote mountain! i know your driveway mess is indeed a mess but our area is not exactly the north pole either! sadly, you may need to pay to get swamped with sand and/or plowed out. did you get my call yesterday? we could drop off groceries!

take care!

RED MOJO said...

charlotta-love, Thanks, I will.

debra kay, yes, macrame me something, you genius!

heartinsanfrancisco, the end is near!

kj, I did your message, it was hidden in among my mom's whole batch of messages so it took me a while to find it! Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Are you starving YET?

Slip said...

Ok since you do not want to block up the box on your truck there are a few options for you.Get a good commercial grade walk behind spreader and salt your drive way or get a receiver mount electric one for the back of the truck. They do not take up space in the box. Meyer plow makes both kinds! Invest in a pair of chains for the rear wheels on your truck. Spread the salt, let it work, drive on it in four wheel drive with your new chains. This will break up the ice and then you can push it off with your plow.
Plus the chains will get all the traction you need and do not tear up the driveway. Easy to put on the second time.

RED MOJO said...

slip, chains could work, maybe that walk behind spreader too! Useful suggestions, thanks!