Finally! A Thaw!

Finally! A Thaw!

After two weeks of absolutely bone-crushing cold, we’re finally getting a little thaw here in Central New York. And it’s a good thing too because half my driveway and my car are still covered with snow and I lack the physical capability of clearing it off.

A few weeks ago, I was talking to a friend who emigrated from England last year about what to expect with New York winters. I told him while we do get frigid temperatures here in New York, they only last a few days.

The “few days” turned out to be a few weeks, so now my English friend must think I’m the biggest liar in the world.

For some reason, this year the cold weather is especially hard on my Lupus. Winters are always rough, but not like this. The Raynaud syndrome common for us Lupus sufferers ordinarily doesn’t kick in for me unless it’s way below zero. But this year, even when it’s 20 degrees, it hits me like a ton of bricks. My feet and hands go numb, my nails turn blue, then when I thaw out, my skin goes sunburn red and the pain is unbelievable. I’ve spent the last few weeks walking on my heels.

I’ve limited my exposure to the outdoors so much, I haven’t even tried to shovel my entire driveway, which is not at all like me. Typically, I’m the most anal snow-shoveler on the planet, clearing every scrap of snow down to the pavement.

I haven’t been to the grocery store in 23 days.

So you can imagine how happy I am that we’re getting this thaw.

When the thaw began yesterday, I finally ventured outside to tackle the two-foot wall of ice and frozen snow a plow truck deposited at the end of my driveway over a week ago. That mother was so solid and impregnable, I half expected to see little men in black robes patrolling the top while keeping an eye out for wildlings on the other side.

I had my dad drop off his pick-ax and ice-scraper tool on Sunday in anticipation of the impending thaw. And yesterday, out I went with my assorted tools in hand ready to dismantle the ice wall.

By the time I was halfway through, my feet were frozen, my toes were completely numb, my back was screaming, and I could barely walk. But I just kept going.

At one point a passerby on his cell phone saw me limping like a cripple and offered to shovel clear the portion of the wall I just chopped through. I nearly cried with joy.

In the end, it took me over an hour to clear the 9-foot wide driveway apron. Then I used my snow shovel as a crutch and hobbled back inside with my tools.

Yesterday we made it into the high 30s for the first time in weeks. Currently, it’s 40 degrees and they’re predicting we’ll make it up to 45 before the day is out.

Now, you’d think after 23 days without a grocery store run I’d be making tracks to my local Tops Market. But alas, I’m not. The Great Wall Dismantling Project has left me nearly crippled today. So instead of taking advantage of this glorious thaw to replenish my empty fridge, I’m going to be flat on my back with my legs elevated.

Ah, well.

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6 thoughts on “Finally! A Thaw!

  • February 2, 2022 at 12:01 pm

    Congratulations on your thaw! A long time ago, April 1990, we visited old friends in Utica, NY. The morning we had to return south, we were met with a 6AM temp of -3°! OUCH. Needless to say, we never felt cold like that. And never did again.
    Even though we live 1,400+ miles away from your area, we too had a snap of cold. Upper 30’s two nights in a row is COLD for us in Florida. Today we are enjoying 77° and sunshine and 80°+ for the next few days.
    Enjoy your respite from the cold and keep Daisy warm & happy 😺

    • February 2, 2022 at 12:05 pm

      I really need to move to your neck of the woods. I don’t know how many more winters my poor body can endure.

      • February 2, 2022 at 12:23 pm

        We’re in The Acreage, in Palm Beach County. Still “rural” in our area. We’d love to have you both of you here!

  • February 2, 2022 at 2:30 pm

    Hope you feel better soon. That’s all I can offer, not living in your neighborhood (state, region) to help.

  • February 3, 2022 at 10:23 am

    A few days ago it was 41 here in Northern Illinois. As I’m writing this it’s 9 degrees. At least the massive storm that belted Chicago and points south missed us completely. I just paid my December gas bill. Almost 40% higher than any month in the three years we’ve been here. My wife is handicapped, so I have no choice but to work in a gas station at 72 years old. At least I can take solace in the fact the fat pig who bought the governorship for 187 million is cozy in his Florida mansion where he winters. When the weather warms he’ll move to his horse ranch in opulent Lake Geneva Wisconsin and wave his hand to order we peons to keep wearing our masks and obeying his every whim.

  • February 3, 2022 at 5:24 pm

    Raynauds is debilitating in the extreme, you know it’s going to happen but cannot stop it and relief is something you dont look forward to either .

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