Paradise ponders, part II... Now with photos!
That stock pot at right is what we brined our turkey in, and that's what it looked like just before I brought it in at 7 am this morning. The snow looks all nice and fluffy, but it wasn't – it was basically ice with a little air mixed in to make it white. When I got the pot inside, I couldn't remove the lid – it was frozen in place. I had to wedge a knife between the lid and the pot, and pry quite hard. Then I had to melt the ice off the lid with hot water. This should have given me a clue what I was going to run into when I went outside to plow, but I'm too dense, so it didn't.
After I finished plowing, I shoveled off our front porch and walkway. Normally that's trivially easy – we don't get much snow in the first place, and it's been light, fluffy stuff in all our previous storms. Not this time! In some places I really needed a jackhammer – that solid ice was not possible to shovel off. So I did the best I could, and then spread quite a bit of salt. I even put salt on the part of the driveway we'd walk on to get to the trucks, because I don't want Debbie slipping again.
After coming back inside, I helped Debbie with the cranberry-orange relish and potatoes. Debbie already had the turkey stuffed and in the oven. We're due for our dinner in about four hours. Counting down, we are!