I could have skated across the yard.
The dog had icicles on her whiskers.
Those who live in warmer climes where this doesn't happen - good decision!
Fellow northerners, it's time to rethink what we carry in our cars.
I could easily have got stranded last night. If not then, today, during the perilous drive to work on ice-encrusted roads. And if/when that happens you need to have supplies. Not just the usual snow scraper/shovel/booster cable/first aid kit either.
This is what I put in my car this morning (I had a spare 20 minutes while waiting for the defroster to actually get the inch thick layer of ice off the front and side windows):
- flashlight with extra batteries;
- high-calorie, non-perishable food;
- extra clothing to keep dry (including hat, socks and mitts, not gloves);
- sack of sand (or cat litter);
- tow rope;
- water container with water;
- brightly colored cloth to use as a flag;
- keep your gas tank near full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.
And one more thing - keep your car filled with gas.
Other Works for Me posts of a sunnier and happier nature can be found at http://rocksinmydryer.typepad.com/shannon/2008/12/works-for-me-si.html