Icezilla Bye Baby

Ice Covered Trees
Image Credit: Paul Brennan

We got blasted with below-freezing temperatures and quite a bit of ice yesterday from that winter storm that graced our area. Advisories were issued for drivers to avoid driving due to the slickness and danger the ice presented.

Do you think people heeded the warning to stay off of the roads, although brine was spread in preparation for our wintry conditions? Nope! Some slid like stones gliding on a sheet of ice during a curling event.

I’ve had my fair share of skidding on ice a few times, and trust me, it is scary as all get out. Many folks laugh at us because we pretty much shut down during ice storms in our area. They think we can’t drive when it snows, but it’s not the snow, it’s the ice under the snow that wreaks havoc. I don’t care how good of a driver you are or in what direction your wheels are turned when you’re sliding, the danger is not worth the risk if you don’t have to be out there. So I periodically sat my happy butt near the window to watch the weather evolve, staying warm and cozy as long as I could.

Peering through windows
separating us from the outside cold
showers of sleet
tiny balls of ice

bounce on surfaces
that lent an ear
to its tinkling cry

crystallized into a saliva of icicles
as southern pines drooped
branches drizzled with a coat of ice
too heavy to lift
sculpted into a wonderland of infectious silence.

Kym Gordon MooreΒ©

So today, I look out the same window as the temperature slowly rises, the ice-coated ground that looks like snow allows blades of grass to peek through, and icicles crash to the ground. The sun brings a soothing calm after the storm, slowly erasing the deep freeze from yesterday, slip slidin’ away.

44 thoughts on “Icezilla Bye Baby

  1. Guuurrrrlllll Tammy, and you know it! β˜ƒ Thank goodness we have reached a “balmy” 36 degrees so far today! Whooohooooo!!!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜†πŸ€£ Slooowwwwly but surely the ice, ice, baby is melting like the wicked witch in The Wizard of Oz! 🌞🧹🌀

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  2. Wow love your poem so descriptive of your day and love you are cozy on your bum girl! Stay warm girl and keep your thermals on.. Kk I won’t complain with my fingers chilled at 55 degrees in Cali.. lol. I’m a wimp but no word cuz you’re a champ! πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ™ xo

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  3. LOL Ms. Cali! We are at a “balmy” 34 degrees! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜†πŸ€£ Although it is better than our 26 degrees from yesterday, you know I am staying wrapped up and staying put. You don’t have to tell me twice!!! LMBO 😜

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  4. A great way to spend a day like that. πŸ₯ΆπŸ₯ΆπŸ₯Ά When I loved in Flagstaff, there many days like this, and though I did have to go out in it for work, I stayed as far away from other drivers as possible. Dangerous. Happy Sunday, kindred! πŸ’›βœ¨πŸ¦‹πŸŒΉπŸŒ»πŸ’•

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  5. Such a beautiful wintet poem, Kym! And here in my neck of the woods, we got 1-2 inches if snow and I still sat my happy tail at home. I’m not the daredevil I used to be. 😁😁😜 But my husband had to get out in it for work (he’s a truck driver). He says I worry too much but I said a little prayer for him amd made sure to give him an extra hug and kiss when he left yesterday morning. πŸ™ I also put rock salt on my steps as I’m not as sure-footed as I used to be and I like to take the dogs outside.

    And oooh, the song you included! I haven’t heard it in decades so thank you, thank you! πŸ€—πŸ˜˜

    And I didn’t know you lived in the South. I’m in TN and I have a brother in GA (ATL). Here’s wishing you a wonderful week ahead, sweetie! πŸ’–πŸ’πŸŒΉπŸ•Š

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  6. In 2014, I was in a terrible car accident caused by black ice. Even though it wasn’t snowing, it had rained, and freezing temperatures during the night had frozen the moisture. You couldn’t see it on the highway. If I had waited an hour or two, until the sun came out and warmed things up, the accident would not have happened. Some lady ahead of me had slid off the road, too. So, Kym, I’m glad you had the sense to stay at home and stay warm! Blessings to you, my friend!

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  7. Awwww, thanks so much Cherie! I appreciate you girlfriend. I don’t envy you guys with the snow. We are in NC, the Piedmont area, so it’s like a hit or miss with our weather conditions. 😝

    But sweetie, my heart is warmed by how you show your man the kind of love that you do. πŸ€— I too am a bit of a worry-wort, but prayer is always comforting for me. I’m not the type of daredevil I used to be 40 years ago, although I can be a badass when I want or need to be. Yet, such is life, and we still garner the strength and courage to forge ahead! Oh, glad you liked my music choice for the day! LOL

    Hugs and smooches my sweetness! πŸ˜˜πŸ’‹πŸ˜ŠπŸ’–πŸŒž

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  8. North Carolina! That’s awesome! Howdy neighbor! 😁😁😁 We lived in Fayetteville when my dad was stationed at Ft. Bragg. Home of the 82nd Airborne Division! So, I’m a Brat! πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£

    On a more serious note. I had always wanted the kind of love my mom and dad had and, after a few tries, I finally have it and thank God for it. I think you and I are kindred spirits because our motto is, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going!” πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ Lots of love to ya, dah-ling! πŸ’–πŸ’πŸŒΉ

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  9. Oh my gosh Dawn, I cringe when I hear about your accident. It is truly dangerous when you can’t see it, but sliding on it can be catastrophic. I remember back in the 80’s when our area suddenly got a shot of arctic blast and I was a store manager, I had to wait until all of our employees left before I could. Yet, the conditions got progressively worse.

    Well, although I was careful, didn’t speed, stayed a football field’s length behind the next vehicle, I watched how some cars passed by me like they were on the autobaun. The last car to pass me like a bat out of hell was a Porche. I noticed that the cars that swarmed past me just disappeared, but the visibility was getting increasingly worse.

    Well, as I approached a bridge, my foot was not on the peddle and I was coasting. Wouldn’t you know that when I got on the bridge, my car did a slow 90 degree turn on it’s own and all I saw were headlights coming at me. Unbeknowst to me, there was a female firefighter on the bridge who turned my car around, by herself mind you, and gently pushed me off of the bridge gliding back on the highway. But girlfriend get this, I just happened to look in the deep median between the highway and it was then that I saw cars, including that daredevil Porche stacked on top of each other like a pile of crushed vehicles in a junk yard. They all still had their lights on, but they all apparently hit a pocket of ice and away they went. πŸš—πŸš˜πŸš™

    So yes ma’am, you didn’t have to tell me to heed the warnings. That wasn’t the only time, but I ain’t toooooo crazy! LOL Hugs, smooches, and blessings to you too Dawn! πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ˜Š

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  10. OMG…not The Brat! That’s awesome Cherie. So somehow, we are connected by region. Kudos girlfriend!

    I know what you mean by wanting a long-lasting relationship. I am in the 22nd going on 23rd year of marriage (my second marriage). The first one lasted for 5 years. I had to get out of that one because I would be serving a life-sentence at this point. Thank God He stepped in right on time! πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ˜ŠπŸ™πŸΌ I am truly grateful for that too! And yes ma’am, when the going gets tough, that makes us forge ahead and not give up! πŸ’ͺ🏼 Toodaloo πŸ–πŸΌ ladybug!!! πŸžπŸ€—πŸ¦‹

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  11. πŸ˜†πŸ˜‚πŸ˜œ LOL Tammy, girl I had some computer issues and missed a day, so I apologize for just getting back to you my queen! Yep, I am annoyed that things I like when I go back to look at it, it didn’t show up. Guuuuurrrrrrrlllllll…technology….hugs and smooches my sweetness. πŸ₯°πŸ˜ŽπŸ€©πŸ˜˜πŸ˜

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  12. Girllll, I messed around & had to “buy” a phone this week because this Obama one is doing strange stuff. Now I can’t transfer my stuff after every one keeps trying to explain how. I’m good, but need to rest my brain, lol. Smooches dear❣️

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  13. Honey, don’t you know it? I have seen some people have an accident that they look like they should have walked away from but succumbed to injuries. Girl, I give God all the glory and praise for keeping me covered! πŸ™πŸΌBless you my friend. πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ˜˜

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  14. Love your post and poem. Smart to stay in around here when it sleets. Snow is much easier to go in that ice and sleet! Love the Paul Simon Song… now I won’t be able to get that line out of my head for the next day! :>)

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  15. Nooooo, I just hate it when you get a new phone and your information won’t transfer. πŸ“±β˜ŽπŸ“ž Honey, I had my things in the cloud for Verizon and in the Google cloud. Some things transferred and things like pictures I took and didn’t get run off into hard copies are lost in space! πŸ›Έ UGH! It’s all good. I’m sure you got your good usage of your old phone. New year, new phone, new queen! πŸ‘‘Whoooohoooo!!! Hugs and smooches my dear! πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ˜˜

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  16. LOL, a little blast from the past helps me get through the present. 🎢 Yep, people seem to think we are a little backwards down here when they advise us to stay off of the roads. But the snow isn’t the problem, it’s the ice the snow turns into, when you think it’s snow is the issue! Geez Louise! πŸ€©β˜ƒπŸŒ¬πŸ˜‚πŸ’–

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  17. Brings back memories of the arctic blast, Polar Vortex of 2009. Up to an inch of ice covered everything, not counting snow during this two weeks long event. Up to two inches of ice crippled the entire state. The ice weighed down and snapped trees and power lines. It was so cold fire would not ignite. A lit candle would go out. I didn’t know it could get something like 65 below zero and trees were exploding like bombs.

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  18. Honey, that Polar Vortex was no joke! I am stunned by your descriptions of experiencing such extreme weather conditions. My goodness, fast forward 22 years and Mother Nature still ain’t playin’. Stay safe my friend! πŸ€—πŸ₯°πŸ˜˜

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  19. Honey, I am a southerner, but we usually have our designated seasons. In the recent years, however, it’s been a hit or miss. I haven’t worn an overcoat in 15 years. And folks say climate change isn’t real? This Polar Vortex was quite an eye-opener. I’m so glad it isn’t sticking around too long. πŸ‘πŸΌ Good grief Charlie Brown! 😱

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