MAKE! UP! YOUR! MIND!
That's what I've been saying about the weather for a couple of weeks. For the North Central Texas area (where I live), it's been going back and forth between sunny and pleasant to frozen and dreary. A swinging-door-effect, you might say. I'm glad I have the warm and comfort of my home, but I wish I could say the same for others.
But today is where I'm officially done with winter. The forecast showed that we had freezing rain and sleet heading our way before noon. My church sermon ends at 11:30, so I thought, "Eh, maybe I'll be home before it starts." So I head to church at my usual time, and as I park, I notice that it begins to drizzle. It was a cold drizzle, but I wasn't worried. "No biggie," I said to myself, and went inside.
During the closing announcements, I start to hear something tapping on the stained glass window next to me. "It couldn't be," I thought, "Now?" So when announcements were over, I head for the front door, and sure enough, it was sleeting! At first, I thought it was a little funny, since sleet makes hair look silly, and there wasn't enough to slip on. But then, I reached the car. All the windows were nearly covered in ice! "Oh, great!" I said out loud. I wasn't laughing anymore.
Now the weather people always say be prepared and have the right supplies with you in winter storms, like an ice scraper for the windows. And wouldn't you know it; I'm the only shmuck on the planet that didn't have one handy. Luckily, there was a hole in the ice about half a foot long that I could look through. Being in the middle of the windshield, I would have to lean between the two seats to see, which wasn't comfortable at all.
As soon as I got back on the road home, I thought if I ran the defroster, it would melt the ice. Nothing happened at first since the motor wasn't warm enough, but after a few minutes and one local freight train later, the ice went away. I have to admit I was pretty nervous, but I made it back in one piece.
By now, I realize that I probably shouldn't have started so quickly and instead, waited for the ice to melt, but I guess we all live and learn. I just wish I could learn to stop being a cheapskate and get some supplies for next year. Good grief.
Until then, stay warm and stay safe everybody.