An Icy Adventure

Anne’s Icy Pink Beauty

Dear Reader:

Friday night I went to bed hoping to be able to see at least a few snow flurries during the night or early morning-but that was not to be… instead we had frozen rain and sleet mixture.

Before going to bed I turned on the front yard outside flood lights so I could see the snow flurries if they came down-they never did… BUT…the strangest ” chunk formations” did!

Every other minute or so ( instead of vertical “slick sleet” ) -Try saying that five times-a fat icicle-looking piece fell-it appeared either like two pieces of ice clunked together or they were simply Siamese Twin ice “missiles” attached together. I literally fell asleep counting them.

When I woke up it was about 2:30 in the morning and my car was covered in ice-then suddenly I saw a red light blinking on and off behind the front wind shield? What was that? Never seen a light inside …on my dash board???

I tried to go back to sleep but the ” What if?” monsters stopped me? What if it is the engine or something else dire that needed attention. My next thought was… Did I close all the doors tightly? I had been to the store and remembered closing the rear door with my ” rear” … did I bump it hard enough.

I decided that scenario seemed more likely -so I threw on my overcoat over my pj’s and pulled on my boots and headed out with car keys in hand. I re-opened every door and slammed it again and started the engine-it started right up… but still that irritating red light in the dashboard kept blinking. I gave up-locked the car and came in. Was my car trying out for the lead in Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer?

Still wide awake … I googled my make and model car and described the annoying red light blinker. As far back as 7 or 8 years ago Hyundai Tucson owners had experienced something similar to me. Apparently the red blinking light is a protective mechanism in preventing thefts, etc. If nothing is wrong it eventually stops and by later this morning it had.

Much ado about nothing EXCEPT a good night’s sleep-will never know what triggered it but glad my car is fine and good to go.

My annoyance disappeared by mid-morning as I walked around taking in the beauty of ice on cars and nature.

So until tomorrow… I want to share an interesting tidbit of information with you. I was watching J Schwanke’s weekly show on PBS-Life in Bloom. He had just discovered that patients in hospitals (who receive flowers from family and/ or friends) recover faster than patients whose rooms don’t have flowers… AND… a bouquet of yellow flowers speeds recovery even faster than other color flower bouquets.

Now I know… yellow flowers for sick friends and loved ones in hospitals!

Guess what my Christmas gift was from Anne-so blessed to have so many talented friends!

Today is my favorite day -Winnie the Pooh

*** See y’all tomorrow! Stay warm! I am overdue for an afternoon nap after my icy adventure!

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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1 Response to An Icy Adventure

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Love the apron Anne made for you…she is so talented. And thanks for the information about flowers helping with recovery from illnesses . I love taking flowers to people so now I have even more reason to do it….yellow daffodils are my favorite.

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