Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
Back in war time 1942 it was forbidden to broadcast weather reports even going so far as to mention whether it was sunny or cloudy. So back then the groundhog report was censored as to the length of winter or the early coming of spring.
Early this morning I walked outside with Ferdie in really thick fog, I heard an airplane over head. This isn't unusual around here and often the sky above the campus is part of the landing pattern for Lambert. I gave some thought to how much courage and/or training pilots must have in order to literally fly blind, no seeing what's below or to the side or to the front.
Drivers heading into work in the dark this morning have a similar issue. We've just gone through a slippery mess and now many have to go back to work in thick fog. Headlights really don't help and putting on bright lights will not penetrate the fog and in fact makes visibility worse.
A KMOV reporter put up a Lambert skycam photo of basically pea soup and asked on Twitter just now, "Do you see any planes." No, I haven't seen any planes but I did hear one. Kudos to whoever piloted that plane in for a landing.
Looking out at the ice on trees and bushes we've noticed that the color of has changed from a rather clear, watery color earlier this morning to bright white. It's hard to figure just why this is, it has gotten slightly warmer so it can't be that the ice has frozen harder. Very pretty but weird. Very different from earlier this morning when I put up a picture.
Yesterday just about everything in St. Louis shut down due to freezing rain which covered streets, sidewalks and highways. It did not turn out to be a thick ice, but ice which formed a glassy, slippery, tight hold on every surface. Today people are venturing out. The roads seem pretty darn good, it's the sidewalks and grassy areas which are very slippery. We took an early morning walk around the campus today and found that except for the cement stairs which go into most of the quads, everything else was walkable. The stairs were coated with ice. The ice on the building roofs was beginning to loosen and slide down onto sidewalks so that's an issue to be careful of. We have no where to go so we're just enjoying another day at home, it feels like having two Saturdays in a row.
The trees are coated with ice as is our car windows and wipers, but it appears that the temperature is rising a bit which should take care of this unless we get the still predicted more weather later today or tonight.
The seminary campus is closed due to this ice storm prediction, even the maintenance guys have been given the day off which is unusual. Good for them. Before the supervisor left this morning after making one last check he gave Dale two pairs of these so that we could get around the campus without falling.
I'll be darned if they don't have sheet metal things on the bottom just like was suggested by KSDK for inserting into the bottom of gym shoes. These slip over normal shoes.
We don't need them right now, we haven't had one bit of sleet or rain or ice as yet.
Ksdk Channel 5 in St. Louis listed a few tips (hacks) for dealing with the ice-aggedon we're looking at today and the rest of the weekend. Just about school and organization has cancelled/closed ahead of what could be a slippery mess.
Some of these hacks made me laugh. Everything is a hack these days.
One of them was a tip I posted a week or two ago and is using a spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol, water and vinegar to quickly get the ice off wind shields. Fair enough. But...then there are these...
Heat up your bed sheets by blowing hot air from a hair dryer over them before getting into bed. I mean, seriously?
Waterproof your shoes by taking a tealight candle and removing the wick by sliding it out the bottom. Rub the candle over your shoes and then melt it into the fabric with a blow dryer. Now- water will slide off the shoes and you can splash away.
Add traction to your sneakers by attaching short sheet metal screws to the bottom. Don't see this happening, besides, how many of us have sheet metal screws sitting around.
Here is my advice. Stay in, raise the windshield wipers and hope for the best.
Last week I touted an easy way to get the ice off car windows, rubbing alcohol and water. Fill 1/3 of the bottle with the alcohol and the rest with water. Spray on the windshield and the ice should come off fast. Today the temperature is 7 degrees and after yesterday misty rain followed by a light snow our cars have an impenetrable coating of ice. It's just too cold to stand out there scraping.
I'm heading for my spray bottle to clear this off before we head for our grandsons' Christmas program at their church's late service.
We're in for some bitter cold and precipitation which means car windows will probably be frozen over at some point in the near future. Scraping a windshield is miserable and if you have a tall vehicle trying to reach all of the window can be difficult. Running your car with defrosters roaring works, but it takes a while and uses gas. I found an article this morning which explains how to get that ice off fast and pain free.
Go and get a spray bottle and fill it one third of the way with rubbing alcohol and the rest with water. Shake. Spray on the windows and the ice fill (supposedly) disappear quickly. Turn on the wipers and clear it off. It is said you can also spray this mixture into you key slot if that is also frozen as well as the sides of your doors if they are iced shut.
Not sure I'd be spraying this on my car doors just in case the alcohol doesn't play well with the paint job.
Funny though. Last week I needed a spray bottle for something and it was really hard to find. Finally I asked the grocery store checkout person where they might be and she went a bagger who after some time went by, came back with one. I know Home Depot has them in the cleaning products area but I did not have the time to run out there. I'd suggest when you see spray bottles for sale, grab a couple because you never know when you'll need one. I needed one last week to spot clean a part of the carpet that had a spill and I think it's best to not put different solutions in the same bottle.
The evening of November 30, 2006 the entire St. Louis region was hit by an ice storm which brought down power lines and trees which had a many people waking up on December 1, in dark, very cold homes. This came after a week of fairly warm days and was the second major regional storm that year. The first came in July during a particularly nasty hot and humid spell of weather. As in December, that storm saw people without power for almost a week.
Early in the evening of November 30, I went out in the icy sleet to see what things looked like. We had just put out our blue and white trees and things seemed fairly pretty and benign but it was all just appearance, the ground was a slippery as could be.
This picture brings back memories of our first attempt at decorating our campus yard. We began with just the trees and now we have an entire village we call Tiny Town. I'll put up a few pictures of tiny town in a day or two.
Then we woke up on December 1, freezing without power. It was a shocker having to go through this for the second time in 5 months. The campus workers, students and staff did everything they could to get people to warm places. The dining hall building had power for some reason and we were able to get most everyone in there. Others stayed outside working to remove big fallen limbs and trees.
It had its pretty moments, but the 20 degree temperatures were painful.
Here are some of our students and staff who were taking a break from working out in the slippery cold.
Of all the people in that picture, only Gayle is still here. The men staff have retired and the students have long graduated.
Then if you were in Collinsville, it was just as bad. The library's Blum House front yard was pretty much destroyed.