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Posted on February 12, 2008. Filed under: Chicago, First Life, Health, Real Life | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Ok it’s been UBER cold in Chicago the past few days, but today was much better so I decided I’d try to dig poor Zippy out and see if he’d be a good boy and start for me so I could go to the pharmacy.

Zippy had about 1/2 a foot of white stuff all over, and the bottom layer of about a 1/2 inch to inch was pure, solid ice. My beloved building maint. guy, Mike, had dilligently plowed all around Zippy, so there was an axle-high bank of mostly ice and some snow all the way around the car. Now, before my surgery I knew I’d not be driving for a bit, so I parked Zippy with more than 1/2 a tank of gas, and with the drive tires facing out, which is also downhill. Yea for planning ahead.

There’s something about the way the door seals are made on Zippy that usually in cold weather he gets a wee film of ice sealing the door to the body in the most annoying way, but lucky me, Zippy opened right up. Next challenge, turned the key, and VaRooom! right to life! Yea Zippy!

Mike happened to be walking by and we discussed my plans and it looked like he’d be back to plow out my space about when I would be getting back from errands if, IF I could get Zippy out of the parking space, over the hump of ice right at his front bumper. Mike went on his way, and I turned up the heaters and got my scrapers out and went to work.

About a 1/2 hour later I had the car legally clear to drive, the trunk lid was still caked with snow, but the center rear light was visible so I figured that was good enough. Shifted into Low, and pulled right out, minimal scraping, I had more trouble on back roads in Oklahoma and Texas in 2000 than I did pulling out of my parking space.

So I slowly drove to the drug store, with the rest of the folks slowly driving sensibly in the slush and fluffy flakes falling down steadily. Picked up my stuffs and went to the grocery store. Spent about an hour in there, walking around very very slowly. It’s hard to describe my knees, left in particular, don’t really hurt, but they don’t feel right and so I have to be very careful with them. It feels like the joint could just pop out and go “wrong” at the least provocation.

Found some nicer alternatives to canned fruit, less sugar and preservatives, got some flavored yogurt, more egg beater stuffs, some milk, fake margarine, OJ, proper turkey burger patties (Pops had grabbed sausage as they were out of the regular stuff, this is much lower salt and each patty is a perfect serving 4 oz.), and cottage cheese. I also grabbed some hummus, gonna see how that goes down. Didn’t see any cheese I thought I should try yet. I can’t see how I’d get it small enough and not gum up my “works”. I can wait. I looked at the fish and other meats but nothing safely appealed to me, I’m following my tum-tum’s “call”.

It’s hard to walk past the breads and crackers and other things that I’d normally want to have with the stuff I’m currently consuming, but those are all too too crunchy for me yet. I got a little warm in the store but this trip was significantly less difficult than before. I was able to take my time and didn’t get antsy, how nice.

Oh and icing on the cake, when I got to the store, parking spot numero uno was just opening up, was well shoveled and easy to get in and out of, I was concerned about being on angled slippery stuff, that would make for some really unhappy knees. On my way out, a fellow walking with a cane was entering just as I was about to return my cart, I gave it to him, it was a good, no wiggle tires cart. He smiled nicely.

So, I drive home, slowly, again, as the snow is coming down even more by then, and just as I’m pulling into my little snow-hole of a parking space, Mike waves to me to pull out as he’s also just gotten home! Talk about great timing! He scraped all that stuff up and shoved it into the embankment, so Zippy parked on perfectly flat, nearly ice-free pavement. I grabbed my bags of goodies and made my way upstairs!

I’m very pleased, and the turkey burger was yummy!

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