Today they officially closed our office. Yesterday, under a different governor, they said stay off the streets but wanted us to come to work. I was going to walk to MARTA today if I had to work, but everything was a sheet of ice this morning. People were taking their sleds out to the middle of my street and sliding all the way down the hill, so driving wouldn’t have been a good option. Still, a few people in SUV’s were making it up the hill.
I took the dogs for a walk late this morning and there were a few guys shoveling their sidewalks and driveways. Knowing that it is going to get even colder, that seemed like a pretty good idea. Otherwise all of the slush would just re-freeze. So for the first time in my life, I shoveled snow. Really I just shoveled ice (and it wasn’t hard because it was starting to melt). I just did a path up my driveway so the dogs and I could get footing and one line of my car’s wheels would have traction. I couldn’t get rid of the ice without either throwing it on my neighbor’s yard or throwing it in my yard where the hard shell of sleet we got yesterday would make it slide back down to the driveway. So it is just on the other side of the driveway from the cleared path. Then I went ahead and did my sidewalk, which turned out to be pretty ugly because there were leaves and dirt underneath the snow and when I flipped all of that over the pretty white blanket of snow was ruined. One of the neighbors had done a better job of keeping a nice clean, perfectly edged sidewalk before it snowed and his cleared sidewalk looks magnificent. But mine works just as well.
I think it will be back to work tomorrow.