“Be careful what you wish for!” my oh-so-funny friend warned, and of course, she was right. It was not even a week ago that I was writing wistfully about waiting for snow. Yesterday and last night, we got it – about a foot here on the Rhode Island coast along with very strong winds – a true blizzard in the meteorological sense. It must have also rained at some point, because there’s a crust, making shoveling and dog walking tiresome.
I installed the ice carpet on our stairs just in time. This year, I used roofing nails, which have wide rubber gaskets around the heads. These hold the carpet in place and prevent tearing. All I had to do this morning was brush the stairs lightly with my boot. The very thin layer of snow that had accumulated just drifted away and I was left with a nice, safe staircase. When I was in Canada last summer, I bought two lengths of carpet – one for the coming winter and a spare. The stuff they use up there is much sturdier than the cheapo one I bought last year from a catalog here in the US. That one shredded before winter was over.
So we’re all cozy and ready for whatever winter brings. I am just grateful we’re not traveling in the next few days!