-+Two weeks ago, as you may recall, I took a fall on the ice. I was returning from the street side where I had just deposited one of our garbage bins for pickup. We'd had just a light covering of snow, and I found the one patch of ice in our driveway and proceeded to do my own version of hip hop; it wasn't pretty!
Luckily my trip by ambulance to the emergency room, courtesy of those weight-lifting EMTS, determined that nothing was broken, but I did spend a few days having to resort to using a walker to navigate around the house. I also was very sore. I've improved quite a bit, but I still get twinges now and again.
Well, it's garbage day again. I was able to get the trash out and into the bins (one for garbage, one for recycling) with the help of Mr. Eva. He left for a doctor's apointment, so I decided I would hall the bins out to the street while he was gone. The snow is gone from the drive way, so I could see where the ice patches were and avoid some of them, although there is a 4 or 5 foot stretch right at the foot of our steps which doesn't catch much sunlight and stays mirror-like most of the winter. We sprinkle salt, but it thaws and then refreezes.
The garbage can was no problem. I was able to drag that bin to the street without difficulty or any break-dancing or hip-hop moves. The recycle bin was another story. Because my fall occurred before I had a chance to drag that bin to the street, it ended up staying where it was; it didn't get emptied. Last week, we didn't bother to take the rubbish out, as I was still hurting too badly, and it was still very icy. In between, we have had some mild days where more snow melted, and at least one night where the temp dropped into single digits (Farenheit).
Pleased with myself that I'd managed to get the garbage can out to the street without mishap, I grabbed hold of the recycle bin. It did not move. I yanked on it. I yanked again. I kicked it (probably not the wisest thing to do when you're standing on an icy mirror!) No go. The bin is solidly frozen into about 2 inches of ice! I'm afraid it's going to have to sit there until we get another stretch of mild weather. Plus, it is packed full, containing 3 weeks worth of recyclables.
If I miss posting at all during the next week, it will probably be because I can't reach my computer due to all the recyling bags that will be filling my house. I'll be a candidate for the tv show "Hoarders!" I'll wave to you so you'll know I'm okay.