Tuesday, January 7, 2014

this and that on a tuesday... it's me or you polar vortex

There are one or two reasons that I am late in posting today. Those reasons have to do with the polar vortex. I know Christmas is over, but I want to write a belated letter to Santa. 

Dear Santa, 
I know you love living at the North Pole, but I would greatly appreciate it if you would keep your hideous lovely weather up there.
Your friend,

P.S. I think you may have accidentally skipped me this year. That incident with the  (insert any number of things here) was greatly exaggerated.

When I got up this morning, I did what I normally do. I turned on the cold water in the bathroom to brush my teeth, but there was nothing there. Turned it off, turned it on, turned it off, turned it on.....well, you get the picture. I'm a little slow on the uptake in the morning. 

So, of course that meant maintenance had to come over before I even had my breakfast. There was a lot of hemming and hawing and clearing of throat before I was told that he needed to consult with a plumber. REALLY????

Well, while you are on your consultation I need to have breakfast and then see about restocking some of these empty shelves in the pantry. 

After breakfast I was told "you can't just heat pvc pipe like you do copper pipe so there will probably be a big explosion and if I were you I would remove everything out from under the bathroom cupboard". SIGH!!! Did he see how much stuff I had crammed under there. It wasn't pretty. 

At that point I decided a trip to Trader Joe's was in order. That is where the polar vortex comes in again. After I put on 1500 3 layers of clothing, I went out to get in my car. What was I thinking? Don't answer that.

After I skated across the parking lot, (what do those maintenance men do) I tried tugging, pulling, and saying a few choice words to get the door open, any door open. It was now two points for the polar vortex, zero for Laura. 

Meanwhile it was 4 degrees out with a windchill of -18.  So, I skated back across the parking lot and got some warm water. The trusty internet told me to pour some warm water on the door. The internet is not as trusty as you think. It didn't work. I did finally get the passenger door open and was able to get into the car. Miracle of miracles that grumpy old car started right up. It was now polar vortex two, Laura one. After sitting there with the car sort of warming up for a few minutes I managed to get my legs swung over to the driver's side ( not easy with two knee replacements) and shove that door open from the inside. 

I was on my way. I wish I had thought to take a photo of Trader Joe's when I got there. All I can say is I looked at the store and turned to the smiling manager and said. Mother Hubbard's cupboard seems to be bare. Yep, all the trucks are iced in, in Indianapolis. SIGH!!! polar vortex three, Laura still one. On the bright side there was not one loaf of bread there except (I think I saw a light shining down from Heaven at this point) one loaf of Udis gluten free. 

I took that loaf and headed home......

where I fixed myself a cup of tea, lit a scented candle, and got out my book.

Ha, take that polar vortex. I'm in here where it is nice and warm while you are out there freezing your you know what off. 

Oh, and my pipe is no longer frozen, with no explosion, so I think that polar vortex and I are pretty well even now. 



  1. all is well that ends well,

  2. i'm glad that your pipes are not longer frozen...and I hope all this nasty weather thaws out very soon as well.

  3. I'm glad the end of the day was better than the start. That's a lot of ice and snow on your car. We're all hoping this cold snap ends soon. Take care.

  4. We dripped faucets last night and I didn't even attempt to leave home today! You had it worse then us but it was too cold for me. Now the tea and a book were part of my day also! Take THAT Polar Vortex!

  5. Thank you so much for not blaming Canada for the bad weather. You would think I would be ready for the cold weather but yesterday I had to go in to town to replenish our emergency box. Power outages are are real problem as we lose the pump on our well thus no water to add to all the other discomforts.

  6. No bread, that's like insult on top of injury...but you rock for getting out there and getting to the store.

    Does your sidebar vibrate when you look at your blog? It's going crazy when I am typing this.


  7. You are a trooper. I would have collapsed in tears while the maintenance men were first there...I am a wimp. Hurray for you. Better days are ahead!


  8. great story! :) we had -8 or -9 with wind chill -30 / it was pretty darn cold yesterday! My house is steam heat...no heat in the little bathroom or galley kitchen so I hustled in and out of those rooms pretty quickly. They are usually fine but not on a day like yesterday.
    You REALLY had an adventure, though...ugh! :(

  9. And let's say good-bye to that Polar Vortex. Glad you are surviving with a sense of humor!

  10. I wish to have good weather soon.

  11. What a day. At least it ended better than it began! The Polar Vortex is trying to leave here.


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