Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Do steering columns get arthritis?

Anybody ever read the children's book, The Mitten? It's a Ukrainian folk tale about a boy who loses his red mitten on the coldest day of winter. Several animals squeeze inside to stay warm...even a boar and a bear, but it is the cricket with the arthritic knees who squeezes herself in and causes the threads to split and spill all of them into the snow.

I feel like that old cricket granny. My joints ache, the cold is making me miserable. Usually we get a break back to normal temperatures every few days, but this winter has been brutal. It is taking its toll on everyone and everything. I wonder if my gray matter is half frozen, too?

Yesterday I started my car in 9 degrees. I am so sick of having  frozen nose and toes and fingers, despite outerwear and socks. I'd rather stay under the covers, and that is not like me.

I pulled out of the driveway and drove half a block when I heard the siren and pulled to the curb. I looked back, but didn't see an emergency vehicle. Probably turned at the intersection. I drove away. Again a piercing loud siren. RIGHT BEHIND ME?!

NO. Nowhere to be seen.

It took me a while to realize the noise was inside my car. At first I thought my engine was whining out on high idle and ready to blow. I turned the steering wheel and it screamed. I turned around to go back home and tell hubby. Of course when he came out and said, "Start it up," it purred.

I wanted to kick it! Most likely a frozen grommet on that steering mechanism....blah-blah-blah. I've got your steering mechanism! I've got good news. The weather folks are declaring the next few days will be in the forties and perhaps 50! Perhaps my mood will improve.

9 comments:

Shelly said...

We've had so many sub freezing days here in this sub tropical climate that I can say I do understand your weariness with the cold (although not at the extreme level you've had it!)

Daisy said...

I'm so tired of the cold too. Spring can't come soon enough for me!

Janet, said...

Sounds like you're going to have a heat wave :o) I,too, am sick of the cold and snow and so are our cars. Maybe someday we will be able to park them in our garage, but I'm not holding my breath. Until then, they will have to groan in the cold like their owners.

Val said...

I am even tired of snow days.

River said...

We're having a cooler change from our heat right now, it is raining outside, so maybe miracles will happen and you'll get that warmer weather after all. I have many days lately where I'd prefer to stay in bed too. Getting up and going just seems too hard.

Weekend-Windup said...

Take care of your health and have a safe journey in your car.

Sioux said...

I think Bill put a spell on that steering column...

K9friend said...

It's been a long cold winter. Lately I've been comforting myself by imagining summer will be mild and beautiful. I can dream, can't I?

Pat
Critter Alley

Mary Horner said...

Don't usually mind winter, but this one has been brutally cold. I've even skipped walking the dog on a few of the coldest mornings. Today turned out to be pretty nice, though!