Sunday, March 1, 2015

Have a Slice of Ice?

Some of our lesser icicles...
It's the beginning of the March Slice of Life Challenge - The challenge is to write a snippet of life each day for the whole month, post your link to Two Writing Teachers and read other Slicers' offerings each day.  I have been doing this challenge each March for the past four years  - year Number Five starts today!

I've been waiting for March 1, so I could say this:

Have a Slice of Ice?

February's over
March is BEGUN.
Let's hear laughter,
Let's have FUN!
Days are longer.
With more SUN.
Ice will melt...
Duck and RUN!

On Wednesday last week I was outside, and the sun was shining brightly; and though it was still very cold out, the icicles on our house were dripping and looking a little melty around the edges.  We have had literally "killer icicles" on our eaves this year.  Mostly we watch them grow for a bit and then knock them off.
However, one icicle started forming on the surface of the house under the porch roof.  Water was seeping down between the edge of the roof and the house right beside a window.  I'm surprised, but I don't think I took a picture of it on the house.
At any rate, this icicle was growing daily and there was no way to get it off without doing some damage to the side of the house.  So we left it.  Until Wednesday came along with a bit o' sun.  I had to take the puppy out, and on my way back in I looked at the icicle.   It looked like it might be working itself loose a little.  I put my fingers under the edges, first one side of the 10 inch span, then the other.  I could get my fingers under it a little farther than I'd been able to, but it still wasn't budging.  Fine.  Leave it there.
But then I noticed that the ice at the bottom kind of went off the edge of the porch over some of the stacked wood I'd put there the night before one of our blizzards in case we lost power.  I decided to chip it off the wood and maybe it would even help it drip and drain away.  As I shoveled and scraped it a bit, I was bent over beside the icicle. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw movement and realized in an instant what was happening.  The 8 foot long icicle was dislodging and falling directly toward me!
I put up my hand to deflect the huge column of ice and scooted backward just in time to mostly miss it.  As I pushed on the falling chunk of ice, it broke above my head.  I must have deflected it upwards, because it made another attempt at me. So I raised my other hand (the one with the shovel in it) and clunked myself on the head with the shovel handle for good measure, as I tried to protect my head yet again from that stubborn chunk of ice.

My hand was scraped up pretty nicely, and I had a sore head, but the ice missed knocking me out... or worse.  I looked at the ice on the porch, now broken into foot-long pieces about 10-12 inches wide and 2 to 3 inches deep.  I went into the house and put cold, cold water on my throbbing, stinging hand and wrist, ignoring my head because it wasn't bleeding and didn't hurt more than my hand yet, and then got the scales to take outside onto the porch.  Each broken piece weighed 10 or more pounds.  I figure there was a good 30 pound portion that had aimed at my head as I had bent over in front of it scraping the porch.
My hand is still a little sore, my head has a bruise on the top, and I'm a little more wary of icicles.  But all in all I'm here to write a happy ending to a Slice of Ice!

These are not your freezer ice cubes...

20 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, Donna, I've never imagined such a deadly weapon, except in books maybe. This is certainly a memorable winter, and I'm so happy you're just a little bit wounded. Lucky fast response time! Here we go again in the further adventures of slicing...

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    1. Last week, ice fell off a building in Portland, ME, and totaled a car. They aren't anything to take lightly (no pun had been intended, but now that I see it...pun accepted).
      So, here we come March!

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  2. Oh ouch...I am glad you survived! That icicle did seem to be after you! Slice of ice, indeed! :)

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    1. Yeah! I keep looking at the picture I took of the ice and marveling that I was able to keep it from knocking me out.

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  3. Goodness - you were lucky! I was just thinking of taking a shovel to some of the icicles hanging off our front porch...but I think your slice changed my mind, Donna.

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    1. Do it ever so carefully if you do...you never know how much may be coming down at once and when it starts, there's no holding it back.

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  4. OH MY that could have been much worse! You have reminded us all of the power of ice! I once had a large unwieldy icicle's fall break through a window! Be careful out there!

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    1. I'm back to making myself remember my cellphone every time I leave the house now. The steps are slippery and I've fallen down them more than once this year so far. With the cold and the area we are in, you wouldn't want to be lying out there too long without help.

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  5. Wow. This is a great slice of ice, but it looks like it was more like a boulder. I'm glad you escaped with only a few minor boo boos. Welcome to March!

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    1. Yes, they really were more like boulders when they broke...or ice loaves - not slices!

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  6. We have some wicked icicles here in Colorado too, just waiting to fall, but not yet. High today still in the teens. So glad to have found your blog. We went to a wedding in Drake's Island Maine, a few years ago, beautiful state!

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    1. It's still pretty cold here but with the sun getting stronger and being up longer more icicles are starting to come loose. With the winter we've had there are some pretty hardy icicles!

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  7. Oh. My. Goodness!!! That is quite a slice!

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    1. I'm so happy to be around to have written it!

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  8. wow, that sounds scary! glad you're okay. really enjoyed the poem at the beginning! It was a fun way to give light to the situation, and I always enjoy rhyming :)

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    1. I have trouble going a day without squeezing out a rhyme!

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  9. Donna, what a story this slice of ice is. Danger lurks right outside your house. I hope you are on the mend soon. I've seen large icicles but never to the magnitude of yours. Stay well.

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    1. I'd never seen one quite this big either. I'm mending, thanks!

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  10. Donna, do you want to send in your February to March poem that is above with the icicle photo for winter whisperings as a 2nd offering?

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