This afternoon, the snow descended on the city, but not before the ice.
See the photo of me in the S.S. Family Truckster? What you cannot tell from looking at it is this: The truck is in PARK and sliding backwards down the driveway and into the street. The driveway was a solid sheet of ice. I could creep up it in four wheel drive but as soon as I stopped and jammed it into PARK, it would start going the opposite direction. I finally gave up and parked in the street.
The boys played in the snow most of the afternoon, sledding in the back yard and throwing the stuff down one another's shirts as I worked on a newsletter.
I had to run back to IHOP to pick up my mom, who works in the kitchen. It's eight minutes in dry weather. At 4pm today, it was about 40 minutes round trip. On the way there, I saw two wrecks. On the way back, I heard a sudden POP! and my wiper motor detached from the connector rod and my wipers became decorative rather than functional. I limped home looking through a 2x2 inch dry patch on the windshield.
I am so glad we still have the S.S. Family Truckster. On the highway in nice weather, there is nothing like the Suburban, but it's 2 wheel drive and weighs more than an Abrams Tank (with most of the weight in the front) so it's crazy squirrelly in the snow. Pull the short lever on the Truckster and it will go anywhere.