We've been having weather with temps that go up and down and hover around the freezing point, with snow, freezing rain and rain. Today with the sun shining, things melted just enough to turn the laneway into a skating rink.
And my car...
And my car...
...is stuck! I couldn't make it up the hill to the road (which doesn't look steep in the pics, but is), and I couldn't back up the other hill to the garage (also steep.) My poor little car kept sliding backwards down the hill, snowtires and all.
After a half an hour of trying, I gave up. Gordon got out fine this morning, but bad things happened to the ice surface in the afternoon. So tonight his car is parked up by the road, and mine is marooned in the laneway. Our first winter here, we got stuck in the laneway three times but it hasn't happened since then. It's only a problem when things turn to sheer ice. Then you get stuck in the "dip" of the laneway. The car slid backwards from the road end today!
We'll figure it out tomorrow. I can call roadside assistance to come tow it (we have a plan), or call our neighbour with his tractor (he gave us a tow strap for Christmas in 2007!), or wait for the ice condition to change and try again. I did lay down a track of wood ash today in a tire track, but I need to put down more if that's going to get me anywhere. I'm just hoping we'll get a bit of snow tonight and that will provide some traction. The joys of country living!
Meanwhile back in Kittyville...
Emily was trashing the joint and having fun with Naomi. She keeps knocking over my framed cat and dog photos!
Butter wouldn't melt!
"I am innocent, INNOCENT I tell you!"
"If I can't see you, you can't see me!"
As soon as I left, they went back to their naughtiness.
Meanwhile, Naomi has discovered the box Gordon put together for Emily to hide and sleep in when she first showed up...
THere's a cat bed stuffed in there and Naomi just loves it.
And poor Emily! You can just see the end of her tail in this pic. About 3/16" at the end FELL OFF today. For the past week or so, I'd noticed something odd about her tail tip and was afraid she'd gotten frostbite when she was abandoned outside. Sure enough, the dead tissue fell off today and left a little pink stump. It looks to be healing fine. I'm just grateful that's the only frostbite she got when she was alone outside. Her ears and paws are fine!
Look who had to insert herself in this picture of Naomi! Peek-a-boo, Emily! (And that wallpaper is scheduled to be burned. The floor will be stripped too.)
Cross your fingers that I can get the car out tomorrow. I'm pretty good at getting unstuck from snow but sheer ice is a problem.