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Doing the granny shuffle

December 9, 2013 - Linda Lobeck
I can remember watching my grandmother and other older people when I was younger shuffling along during the winter months. They were extremely careful when they were walking outside on the sidewalks and parking lots so they wouldn’t slip and fall on the ice.

Life has certainly come full circle for me and I’ve now become one of the shufflers. I find myself being extra cautious walking outside, especially after the freezing rain and snow last week.

There isn’t a parking lot or some area of a sidewalk that doesn’t have some ice on it. We’ve used up a good portion of salt we recently purchased at home on our steps and outside to try and deal with the ice we have. And with the forecast calling for more and more below zero temperatures this week, there won’t be a chance for that ice to melt anytime soon.

I don’t think you’re ever ready for winter to come, especially with such frigid temperatures early on. What happened to gradually working up to the below zero-wind chill days? Not this year — we went from 30 degree days down to below zero temperatures in no time at all.

And it would have to be unusually colder early on this year when I’m trying to train my new puppy to go outside. I had never had a dog that needed training in the winter, since my other two dogs had been born in the spring. So, it’s been especially hard on Lucy to be consistent with going outside when the weather is so cold in the mornings.

I feel bad for her when she’s skating along on the ice trying to go the bathroom. But I’m so thankful on these cold mornings that she is quick about getting in and out and there’s not a whole lot of standing around.

I’m also thankful that I have heat in my home, warm clothing to wear, and an attached garage to park my car so I’m not scraping my windshield every morning.

Here’s hoping that the early cold weather we’re having this winter will mean a milder January and February and an early spring. I know it probably won’t happen, but a girl can dream about it. And until that happens, I’ll just be shuffling my way to and from work each day.


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