Sending out a big thank you to our wonderful neighbours Nick, Francis and Melchie.
Last evening, a quick trip to the store turned into a mini nightmare. The lane behind our home, which we have to drive on to when exiting our garage has turned into an almost impossible to navigate mass of deep icy ruts. Those ruts are about 6 inches deep. Your car tires get into those ruts it is almost impossible to get out. This has been a beyond the norm extreme winter. Snow fall amounts like I can’t ever remember. Here in the City, keeping up with snow clearing on the streets and lanes has been a real challenge. What seems to often happen is a couple of inches of snow will fall. Traffic driving over it will pack it down. This tightly packed snow becomes very icy. The City then sends out sanding trucks, covering the icy packed snow to give vehicles better traction. That actually works quite well. It is just with each successive snow fall that “packed icy layer” becomes deeper and deeper.
We have had a few days of melting which turned those packed layers into slush in which the deep ruts were created. Night time freezing temperatures and you have these deep ruts in solid ice.
OK, I backed the car out of the garage and immediately got stuck in the ruts. Couldn’t go either forward or backward. What to do. I can’t leave the car, it is now blocking the entire lane for anyone else that may be trying to navigate it.
We keep a big container of kitty litter in the garage for just such times. Throw it in front of your tires and it really improves traction, not this time.
I know I am not supposed to shovel but maybe just a little bit would get the car free, bad move.
I think I spent less than a minute shovelling “hacking at the ice” when I got such a sharp jabbing chest pain. It literally put me on my knees. A very sharp jabbing pain that seemed to knock the breath right out of me.
Now I “always” carry my nitro spray with me. Obviously not. As I searched my pockets for it, I remembered using it the night before while laying in bed and putting it on the bed side table, where it remained.
That intense jabbing pain only lasted a couple of seconds then settled into a dull ache. Breathing, catching my breathe was more of the issue. Getting to the house was a bit of an issue.
Startled the heck out of Vi when I came in gasping hollering I need my nitro. That is a miraculous drug.
So now what to do. I can’t go back out there. Vi is in no shape to try. The car is stuck and blocking the entire lane.
Light bulb of an idea moment. Call our wonderful neighbours and ask for help.
Nick, Francis and Melchi responded to our request immediately. I remained inside but they attacked that ice with shovels even an axe. They must have been at it for close to 45 minutes and were able to free the car enough to get it back into the garage. Getting it out to be able to get to the street against all that ice was just impossible.
My dear friends and neighbours, we thank you so very much. Your kindness is appreciated more than you can know