October 20 • 09:32 PM

This cold snap is S'no problem!

January 10, 2018
Editor's note: 'Acorn Alley' is written by Diane Malcziewski. An Attica resident for the past 45 years, Malcziewski recently retired after 17 years with the Imlay City school district, where she served as Latchkey Supervisor. She and husband Michael have been married for 50 years. They have three daughters and four grandchildren. Malcziewski first wrote 'Attica's Acorn Alley' in 1984, which was published by the Times. She enjoys volunteering at the Attica Historical Museum, with the Attica Days Committee, photography, camping and gardening.

This cold snap we've been having is playing havoc on my nerves. Along with my grandkids staying over for a few nights and not being able to outside, and my need to get outside to exercise, I feel like I want to scream.

Christmas came and went. We are a sledding, snowshoeing, snowman- building kind of family. You know the drill, sledding, a fire in the fire pit, hot chocolate with marshmallows, maybe a couple of dogs on a stick for good measure. We were unable to do any outside activity. Just keeping the bird feeders full was like a job. Getting layered up to go outside and get the seed and suet, then brushing off the feeders, was in itself like being in a blizzard, with snow and ice chips and frozen seeds flying all over, not to mention how bone-chilling the cold is. When you're done with that, then you see the need to scrape off the mounds of ice on the sidewalks, and stairs. BUT…and this is a big one, …THE GARAGE…ahhh, the garage is full of mud, icy spots, snow chunks that are frozen, and you cannot use salt of any kind, or it will make holes in your cement, (so says the master.) We should have left it a dirt floor then. After YOU shovel, sweep, feed, and finally go inside to take off the layers of clothes, your significant other appears and says, "All done, dear?" All you get out of your mouth is "the garage," and you stand there alone. Where did he go so fast? You can bet not to layer up and go clean up the garage. It was probably to look in that book of excuses he keeps in his cave!

Well this calls for a tactical assault that has no equal, and I'm just the person for that. After searching for a few minutes, I find him taking apart a doorknob from the basement bathroom.

"What are you doing?" I ask. "Well this door was shutting and locking closed, so I thought I would take it apart and lube it up to make it work right," he replied.

"Well, when you get done there, could you please sweep out the garage for me? I would sure appreciate it, I am frozen, and won't be able to cook dinner, until I thaw out," I said. "By that time you should have the garage done, and be smelling the ribs slowly cooking in the oven, and maybe I'll let you make us a roaring fire in the fireplace. Won't that be nice, honey?"

FYI…the ribs won!

Take care and have a great day.

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