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Thursday, February 18, 2010

A Heat Wave and Thawing Icicles

 

Could it be true? Could we be experiencing a heat wave of sorts? I thought so yesterday when we reached a whopping 41 degrees in the early afternoon! The sun was shining and I kept hearing a thunking sound outside the front door. I investigated and found that that the noise was the melting icicles from the roof that were crashing down onto the sidewalk.

 

thawing icicles

The home health care delivery man had just arrived and stepped back from the doorway when a large icicle came crashing down in front of him. If he had not moved only seconds before, he would have been the victim of an icicle attack.  Thank goodness, because those suckers are pointy and sharp and he really could have been hurt. 

 

 

lethal icicles

The icicle on the left looks a bit skinny from this angle, but from another vantage point inside my front hallway window, we could see that it was about 7 or 8 inches wide at the top and about  4 feet long!  We’ve never had icicles hanging from the gutters before. But with all the snow and the freezing and unfreezing cycles we’ve encountered, they just kept growing.

 

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In this picture, you can actually see the roof. Up until yesterday, it had been thoroughly covered with deep snow, making it seem like a thick thatched roof over in Ireland, except that it looked as if it was covered with thick, billowy puffs of cotton!

I’m all for a thaw, let me tell you! I want blue skies, warmer weather, and SPRING!!  I think many of us are ready for winter to be over. My sister-in-law came by to visit yesterday, and while she kept Mr. S company, I made a quick stop into  a Marshall’s store yesterday to see that the shelves were filled with pretty spring things- Easter bunnies, nests, flowers, fresh colors….   And of course, things for St. Paddy’s Day next month!  Who can forget the lucky Irish? 

We certainly feel lucky that  things are going better here in the Sullivan household. Mr.S is making improvements. He is now using a CPM machine to help his knee get some flexing motion into it. It is designed to slowly bend his knee and eventually get him into a  90 degree position. He is supposed to spend four hours a day in it, and he can sit up in bed and watch television or read while it works. Of course, he continues to do his therapy exercises in addition to this. And ever the fitness instructor, I pull rank and play the role of drill sergeant to make sure he does them correctly!

Hope to be back soon to let you know what’s going on. Although I may not always have time to comment, just know I am still trying to visit you to see what’s going on in your world. I wish I could have had time to participate in Marty’s cloche party, but I will be looking forward to her next one. By then, things should be less hectic around here. Thanks again for all of your prayers and good thoughts being sent our way!

Hugs,

41 comments:

The Muse said...

http://myladydujour.com/
has two post recently that shows our snow state....i am so hoping i can soon write a lovely post likes yours!
sing it with me...Here Comes Peter Cottontail!
we continue to keep you close and lifted up...
and praise be that your love is progressing in recovery :)

Blondie's Journal said...

Sue~~~

Those icicles look deadly. All of ours have melted, thankfully. Our temps have consistently been in the 30's, but still no sunshine. Well, what can you do?

I am happy to hear Mr. S. is making progress. What a long way he has come! I hope he is up and about soon. And I hope you get out more. I was at Marshall's a few weeks ago and I was totally loving all the bunnies and lambs!! Aren't they great for season things? I haven't seen any of the St. Patty's things...hubby and I are each 1/2 Irish and love a chance to eat the corned beef and cabbage and drink some green beer!

Take care, my friend! :-)

xoxo
Janie

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hi Sue....It was not that warm over here on my side of the state....no thaw in sight! Massive icicles still hanging everwhere. I am surprised on one has been impaled by one yet! I will be so happy to see green grass soon....
Glad all is still going well with the hubby! Hugs, Patti

Jo said...

So glad to see your post..you've been on my mind! Sounds Like Mr S is improving! y hsb used one of those machines after knee surgery.We actually took it to Vegas with us! I sure have missed you....

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Glad to hear he is improving. I would hate for one of those icicles to fall on me! We are having a heat wave also - blue skies and suppose to get up to 50 today! :) Our snow has melted and hope we don't get any more this year.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I'm glad Mr. S. continues to make progress. I'm sure you will both be glad to get back to some form of normal life! I am very ready for spring. I know it is a bad winter when we were talking about how "warm" it was yesterday...and it was 30 degrees!

Sue

farmlady said...

I'm glad you're husband is doing better. It's hard to be the "caretaker" isn't it. I think we don't give enough credit to the people who do the nursing of a loved one. Hang in there. Spring and your hubby's recovery are just down the road.
..., and watch out for those ICE CICLES. They're huge.

janet said...

Wow Sue...those are some mighty big icicles. I foresee the roofing and gutter tradespeople being very busy this spring ;-)

Southern Queen Bee said...

What pretty pictures. So glad he is getting better. It must be hard for him to be unable to get on with his daily activities. Take care...no need to comment back, your blog friends are still here for you.

Sue said...

Hi Sue....glad to hear Mr. Sullivan is on the mend and hope his pain is getting more bearable and that he'll be up and around real soon...

Dawn said...

I'm happy to hear Mr. S. is making progress. Our motto around here is "One day at a time". I couldn't wait for spring so I put up my March header early. Got some Irish love in it for you! Hubby's got a wee bit of the green in his blood, along with some Italian and Portugese!
Hugs,
Dawn

bj said...

Well, first...I am so thrilled to hear things are looking much better at your place. Your sweetie has a lot of prayers going up for him...and for you! :)

Those are about the most wicked looking icicles I've seen...deadly, for sure! Even I, the lover of winter, am ready for NO MORE ICE and SNOW. We generally don't have a lot of the white stuff but this winter has been awfully white out here in West Texas.

We, too, are off sugar, white flour and the like..trying to eat more healthy AND lose a few pounds. Still eat way too much salt..*sigh..
and I have had a time trying to make cakes, pies and cookies with Splenda..sometimes, they turn out good...FUDGE, however, is NOT good without THE REAL THING....
Good luck on your eating...
hugs, bj

Kathy said...

Hi Sue...You need a dragon to slay those icicles!!!!Goodness!
Thanks for posting my giveaway and a note for your Darling husband.
I've had both knees done and my right hip. total replacements...
Have had two love afairs with the CPM machine when the knees were done.
I loved that machine.
I was so determined not to walk like I had replacements that I really pushed myself to recover. Slept in the cpm Machine at night...always trying to keep in motion.
On a stationary bike the third day home and rode my road bike around Lake Cadillac 30 days out from the surgery.7 miles...
My Dr. freaked when I told him about the 7 mi. around the lake, he was afraid I might fall.
(Whatever!) Point is...I REALLY pushed myself...and today no-one can even guess I've had replacements.
Can do anything I used to do except run.
Dr. made me promise I would not run for numerous reasons...
Be encouraged...life is great post knee replacement.
xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Pat@BPM said...

Our snow is still on the ground but the icecicles are gone. More sleet and snow expected for Sunday!

Thanks so much for the update of Mr S.

I enjoyed your photos!

Kathleen said...

Oh those icicles..they can be very painful as young Mr S. knows! I hope he is ok, cause you can only take care of one...and yourself..BTW, how is you r head..if you are getting headaches, don't rule out tension!!
I am glad to hear there is some improvement..it all adds up. Tell him I want a you tube of the both of you doing the Stack O'Barley for St. Pats!!
Keeping you both in my prayers...
Good for you to get out a bit for some shopping therapy! I was in Home Goods yesterday, but I knew I could find better bargains at CTS..
Hit WS/PB too, absolutely nada..lying.... a few very tiny purchases under a buck each for the gkids..
I am looking forward to celebrating with you on the 17th..don't forget...dee dee deedly deedly deedly deedly....( jig :) )

The Muse said...

bringing blessings and the brightest of hopes and dreams....
may this weekend be beautiful for both of you :)

Kathy said...

Sue - we've got some killer icicles too (can't wait for winter to be over)! Glad to hear things are going better for you. Hoping we can get together this spring (once we've thawed out).

Take care and blessings to you!

Kathy

Janet- OPEN MARKET STYLE said...

GOOD EVENING SUE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR LEAVING ME SUCH A NICE POST ON MY BLOG. I GET SO EXCITIED WHEN I GET A POST THIS IS ALL SO NEW TO ME !! I LOVE YOUR BLOG !
POLLY FROM SASSAFRAS STUFF IS JUST THE BEST I AM SO GREATFUL SHE ENCOURAGED ME TO START A BLOG !!
I PUT YOUR BLOG ON MY FAVORITES I WILL LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING MORE !! THANK YOU ! WARMLY JANET OPEN MARKET STYLE

Mary said...

Our winter in Oregon is over, but your photos sent chills up my spine. I've forgotten what a real winter looks like. I hope your husband continues to improve and that the thaw will bring you one step closer to spring. Have a pleasant day. Blessings...Mary

marmielu said...

I am so with you on the Spring thing! I am so tired of looking at snow. Glad you got out to take in some Spring goodies at Marshall's.
When my mom had her recent knee surgery, they had her on one of those CPM's right after surgery. Wow!
Take care.
Mary Lou

The Stylish House said...

Sue,
Your icicles are impressive! I hope Mr.S is on his feet again soon, I'm sure it hasn't been fun. We got the biggest snow of the season today. I'm higher north then you, but it has been a mild winter, chilly but not much snow. Take care.
Cathy

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Sue aka Drill Sergeant Sue!!

Glad to hear Mr S is coming along with his recovery. His success will be partly due to your persistence - it's always the good woman behind the man you know!!
I am so ready for spring... we have the killer icicles too. We have to keep an eye out for our little dogs when they go out - pretty dangerous.
Well keep up the good work sweetie and keep that man in line!! LOL

Big hugs, Sherry

KBeau said...

Thanks for stopping by. So glad your hubby is doing better. Those are some major icicles. It's been colder here than normal, but nothing like that.

I, too, have not had as much time lately for blog visiting. First a computer virus had me down for a while, then I went to Little Rock for the birth of my new granddaughter.

My name is PJ. said...

Hi Sue, Those icicles do look menacing!

Kathleen said...

Hey Sue,
Jut stopping in to see how things are going with you! I hope dh is coming along..and YOU too!
It's almost March..as I sit here in a snow storm..
Let me know how you are!
K

Susie Q said...

I am so happy to know Mr. S is doing so well...I need to run by with something or other this week. We took a little trip with Bill last week...very hastily planed. He had to go for work so we tagged along.
Buut I MISS you!!! How about in the next week or so, we run out for a little bit??? Is there a time you can later this week??

Designs on 47th Street said...

We have been in the mid 30's and SUN for two days in a row. It does almost feel as nice as spring! Sorry your husband has been having health issue. Nice to hear he's a bit better, Sue.

Donna

Kathy said...

Hi Sue....You won my giveaway sweetie!!!!
You need to get me your address and I'll ship out your Bird, Nest paper holder ASAP!

Hope everythings okay...Haven't seen you on your blog this week...Praying for you both.

xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Janean said...

glad the knee is doing better.
glad the home health care man didn't get hurt.
glad it's actually above freezing!

triple "yay!" and big hugs, dear one!

bj said...

Hi, Sue...there's a link to the recipe for the scones in my post. I followed it, using whole wheat and Splenda. Splenda seems tto make everything dry...I've not baked anything that turned out delicious using it, yet. I am, however, going to make some Banana Bread this morning using it. We'll see how it turns out...I'll let you know!
Hope your day is a good one...
hugs, bj

Kathy said...

Hi sweetie...You've probably already sent me your address at my e-mail...Not working...

Leave your address on my blog and I'll deleat it after I copy...that should work.

Hope things are going better...thinking of you.
xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Kathy said...

Just to let you know your package will be in the mail tomorrow...Thanks Sue.

I've been reading your back posts and for some reason I thought you dear husband had a knee replacement...good grief!

Now that I'm caught up forget my ranting on about knee replacements prior comment.

God Bless you and your husband...

Southern Queen Bee said...

Sue, just checking in on you. Hope all is well and you are getting warmer weather.

Polly said...

Hi Sue! How are you doing? I am glad to hear that Murph is progressing!

I am looking forward to connecting with you when you are able for the Ohio blogger girls outing! I know it's been a rough few months for you. Just keep me posted,ok?

Take care you two!!

Hugs,

Polly

Cozy Little House said...

Those icicles do look dangerous! I'm glad he's on the mend. You sure have had your share of health woes lately. Hugs from Texas!
Brenda

Lou Cinda said...

Sue, I am so glad to hear Mr. Sullivan continues to improve! That is wonderful news!

And that you are thawing! Also good news! I am way down south, Alabama, but it has been an extremely cole winter for us too! I am OVER it!

Wishing you Warmth and Sunshine!!

Lou Cinda :)

xinex said...

Oh Sue, I am so happy to see you. I am so glad to hear your hubby's doing much better....Christine

Donatella said...

great blog you have!! glad I found you to follow(:

Shelia said...

Hi Sue! Hope your snow has melted by now and you're a bit warmer.
Oh, yes, I do remember the Hustle. Now you've got me singing that song too!
Thanks for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Helen said...

Hello there!

Wishing you a happy Sunday, a wonderful week AND Spring weather!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Sue, just came back to check on you. Now those are some icicles! Hope you have thawed out your way, and I hope y'all are doing much better. laurie