Fetching The Newspaper

The winter weather is staying with us for an extended period of time. It sleeted the whole of Wednesday. This is how it looked on Thursday morning when I opened the garage door to pick up the newspaper. It lies at the bottom of the driveway in the picture below, in a plastic bag.What you are looking at is a sheet of ice, more than an inch thick. I placed my foot on the ice to get a feel for it. It was hard and extremely smooth. The only way I was going to get to the bottom of the driveway over the driveway itself was by sliding – on my bottom! My safer path to the roadway was over the ice-covered grass along the sides of driveway. It was possible to break through the ice there by hammering at it with the heel of my boot and creating a rough spot in the broken ice that could give me a certain level of traction – more than I could achieve on the driveway. I had to do this step by step. Thus was the morning paper retrieved that cold Thursday morning!

The paw prints that you see on the ice in the picture above are from the deer that wander around our home. They are a big nuisance. They eat everything in winter, including the plants that are supposed to be deer-resistant.These particular plants should have grown to be healthy bushes by now, about three to four feet tall, if the deer had left them alone over the years. I had even sprayed these plants recently with a liquid that is supposed to keep deer away. You can see how well that worked! C’est la vie…

It is sleeting once again as I post this blog.

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K. Joseph

I am an engineer by training. I am exploring new horizons after having spent many years in the Industry. My interests are varied and I tend to write about what is on my mind at any particular moment in time.

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