Yesterday I had a long internal debate with myself. I needed to go down the mountain to mail my girls’ presents so they would get there before Christmas. I kept telling myself that I would just wait until Andy got home from his work trip to take me. With Christmas only a few days away, though, that was pushing it with the deadline for mailing packages. It was cowardly to want to wait. I shouldn’t rely on Andy to take me to do my errands when I wanted to move here as much as he did. I realize I just need to get over my fear of driving in Winter mountain conditions.
As my list of errands kept growing bigger, I decided to just go and not wait for him. I cannot even describe to you the crippling fear I felt. I kept telling myself that it was worth the risk of getting stuck if the girls’ Christmas presents arrived before the holiday. On my way down the mountain, I saw one truck spinning its wheels trying to get into a driveway. On the way back up the mountain, I saw a lady in a JEEP crash into a snowbank on the side of the road. I felt bad going around her and not stopping, but I knew if I stopped on an incline, I would get stuck as well.
Even though most of the roads are plowed up here, they always leave a few inches of snow on the road for the snowmobiles. Our temperatures this week haven’t gotten above freezing, so there were some slick spots on the road. There’s also about four feet of snow that line the roads, so for this city girl, the road conditions are very intimidating. I’m happy to tell you that I made it without getting stuck and being put on the Wall of Shame, though. As I’m sure you can imagine, I was so relieved!!
Now all is right in the world again! The holiday boxes are mailed; Andy is home for a few weeks; and my first batch of candles for Birdie’s Apothecary turned out beautifully. The first batch of soap failed miserably, but we won’t talk about that.
How about you? Are you ready for the holidays?
As always, thanks for stopping by!
Have a great weekend!