Monday, December 7, 2015

Ice, Ice, Baby

Here I was hoping we would skip the ice season and go straight into full time snow. It appears I was wrong.

Apparently there never used to be an ice season here, but climate change is real. What happens is this: super cold temps. Snow. Then, big wind, warming and rain. The result is a hot mess (cold mess?). To get to the Hurricane Creek house requires 4WD, studded tires and nerves of steel. The trails are pock marked with frozen footprints, impossible for running and hiking. I drove carefully around to a bunch of trailheads before giving up. What this means is that I've shown my face in the gym more often than ever before, much to the owner's chagrin (we have a running joke where he pretends to be annoyed by the sight of me, saying things like, "and my day was going so well up to now.") Also, the bike trainer. I'm here to ask you, is there anything more boring? I've almost broken down and gotten a TV just because of the sheer desperation I feel while riding it with no entertainment.

The worst part of it is, the same dumb song keeps going through my head. It's a truly terrible rap "song" from the nineties. I can't remember anything but the chorus:

"Ice Ice Baby
Too cold too cold"....

After days of this, I could take it no longer and went out walking through crusty snow with a friend. She lives at the end of the road, and is able to walk right into the forest for miles and  miles. We talked about the idea of acceptance, which doesn't mean that you give up on trying to fix things, but that if a bad thing happens that has no fixing, your reaction can be to accept it and figure out how the rest of your life will be, or to sink into a miserable, negative existence. We have two friends, one of whose life will be forever limited from what it has been, and another who has been inexplicably struck with chronic fatigue, a mysterious and terrible illness. Both of them need to redefine their image of themselves and move on. I don't think I could deal with their setbacks with as much grace as they are.

I'm very fortunate, I thought.

So in the scheme of things, a little ice is not a lot to deal with. If only this darn song would get out of my head!!

The lake isn't frozen...yet.



19 comments:

  1. Ice, ice baby....I don't even know that rap song and it may be in my head now. Lots of think about in considering friends whose lives have changed and how they are coping. Puts ice, snow, and smaller frustrations in perspective, doesn't it?

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  2. Dah,nah,nah,na na na nah! Rained all weekend here! I want snow, without ice and icky roads. At least the snow would cover up the mud we now have. Forecast of 54 here tomorrow!

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    1. It's raining here too on our beautiful snow. But, still snowing up high.

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    2. Wind advisory for Wednesday...69mph winds expected! Please, oh please don't tell me it's true. So wet and soppy here.

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    3. We have been in the wind zone for days! Better check all of your trees.

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    4. We only have 3 left in our yard. One Maple, one huge Lynden, and one Blue Spruce. The Mapke and the Lynden no leaves to catch wind. The Spruce half the size as the one that fell and very healthy. Our sustained winds are supposed to be mid 30ish. Where the storm on the 17th had sustained winds of 45mph. With a lot of ground water now from record breaking rainfall yesterday everybody is out checking ground below trees. Just something we have to ride out again, this time though hoping for no power outage.

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  3. Thanks Mary, you have now put that song in my head :(
    Yes we really do need to count our blessings and not cry about the small things.
    I for one can sometimes be guilty of this....

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    1. Haha, you are welcome!
      I am certainly guilty of it as well.

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  4. Ice Ice Baby means bring out the micro-spikes. I am sorry to hear what your friends are faced with. I get down at times and need reminders like this to be thankful and try to make the most of each day.

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    1. Yes me too. Of course, when you are in your own pain it is not always helpful to hear, "well, look at XX, you could be in that situation." So I limit my advice on this topic and try to just apply it to myself.

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  5. But how do you tell its acceptance and not giving up, especially on those tough days?

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    1. Good question. I think what I meant was, there are some events (death of a loved one, a horrible illness confirmed, etc) where acceptance is the only answer. There are others, like how fast I run, that I can (possibly to a point) change instead of just saying, well, I am old, I can only run nine minute miles now. Or, as I have heard other people say, you are at that age to put on pounds! I could give up and say, bring on the fat. But I am not going to accept that. Does that make sense? My friend with chronic fatigue truly believes she will get better, and I hope that for her. The other friend knows she has limitations that will change her outdoors activities, so she is doing a great job of figuring out what she can do.

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    2. Yet acceptance, even in unchangeable situations, like death of a loved one does not have to mean giving up...it must be incredibly hard and there will always be a hole, but I have known people who have gone on and made a good, though different, life, because they decided to and chose to do that.

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  6. I myself at 68, am still learning in these late years. I am learning, slowly, that my PTSD doesn't have to run my life and that I need to get out and do more physical things.

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    1. That is awesome, John. I can't even imagine what it is like to have PTSD, but impressed you are overcoming it (thanks for your service)

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  7. It's looking like another bleak year up here too :( I finally had to give in and buy ridiculously high priced studded tires for my bike. "Ice biking" is nowhere near as fun as "snow biking." I can't take these dismal winters much longer...

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