Last night the freezing rain continued all night, and now it is raining for real.
Everything is coated thickly in ice.
By some miracle, our lights have blinked a few times but stayed on so far. (So yes, I am watching the tape of the Sound of Music today as I type this.)
We worked with an awl to clear off our steps and break up the ice at the bottom, so we could get to a car, which I also worked to clear off. Got half of it cleared, but could not get to the other side.
That was this morning. Since it has been raining steadily, the steps and ramp are once again coated in ice.
The wonderful plow guy came early and sanded the driveway, but now that is coated in ice also.
The big boss called this morning to tell me he was delaying opening until 10, because the lights were out at the office. At 9:30 he called back to say they were still out, so he was closing. He forgot I am on vacation this week. 🙂 I am so glad he made that decision. Even though I guess the main roads are fairly clear, so many of my co-workers live in really rural areas which are NOT yet clean and clear. Plus, I suspect that the driveway and walks at work are sheets of ice.
My director is supposed to be driving to New Jersey for Christmas. His family is already there. He is waiting to be sure that his power comes on and stays on before he heads out. I told him if he found himself still in Maine tomorrow night, he should come over for supper. It won’t be the Christmas Eve he had planned, but at least he will have someone to talk to. And A will bake him his favorite cookies.
A’s sister S was scheduled to fly to PA today, early. I hope she got out and there as planned, this is a BIG trip for her to spend Christmas with her son and his family. We will give her cell a call in a little while, when she should be there. She doesn’t travel much, and was very nervous about it, so having all the delays and problems with this storm will make her day very unpleasant, even if the flights are perfect.
I know how lucky we are, to be warm and dry and have plenty to eat and things to do to occupy ourselves. Lots to be grateful for this Christmas season.