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A "wintry mix" is icing things up a bit.  It's borderline warm enough to mostly be rain, but it's also cold enough that cold things are icing up.

Like cars.

In order to not have to scrape ice off my car, I've covered the windows.  In past years, I used heavy duty plastic sold to cover car windows, and they'd last one or two days of ice and then be trash.

I couldn't afford to go that route this year.

When I was cleaning out the infamous dead squirrel closet, I found the bed sheets for the kids' beds - twin sized sheets.  None of us have twin-sized beds.  I'd contemplated giving the sheets to the vet, but before I could do that, the ice storm/non-blizzard was on it's way in.

I had an idea.  It couldn't really hurt.  I could fasten the sheets over the car windows.  I'm sure the neighbors got a good laugh out of the Aladdin and Snoopy sheets covering my car, but last Wednesday, when I got up, those sheets lifted right off the windows.  A quick slap on the ground shattered the ice off the sheets - and the windows were clear!

The sheets were flexible, and practically dry so I folded them and stuck them in the car. They went over the windows again at work.

And they went on my windows last night.

The bed sheets worked better than the plastic car window covers.

So, the vet will get fewer sheets and I won't have to scrape iced windows.

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  •  Be safe out there on the roads (10+ / 0-)

    and check in with your people.

  •  And the vets will get to keep their dignity! :-) (8+ / 0-)
    So, the vet will get fewer sheets and I won't have to scrape iced windows.
    I wonder if black trash bags might be cheaper and last longer than the special plastic?  They would have the added benefit that the dark color might melt more of the ice.  'Course, what do I know - we mostly get either rain or snow, not ice that often (and lately, mostly rain. That dern nonexistent climate change!)

    The past 50 years we: -Ended Jim Crow. -Enacted the Voting Rights Act. -Attained reproductive rights (contraceptive & abortion). -Moved toward pay equity. Republicans want to take our country back. I WON'T GO BACK!

    by petesmom on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 10:06:01 PM PST

  •  that's a great trick with the sheets! will keep it (7+ / 0-)

    in mind when we move north (someday!)

    2am and only down to 35 at the airport, and, amazingly, the same out the kitchen window! we're usually at least 3 degrees warmer. low is supposed to be 27, "patchy freezing fog".

    got most everything mulched. if this really goes 5 nights, we may yet have to quilt the bay tree, but not tonight. we'll see if the cold really shows up.

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 02:03:24 AM PST

  •  Wow! That sure beats the cardboard (7+ / 0-)

    we used to use.  There was always a mad scramble for any box in the place when ice was predicted.  A couple of us would scrounge through the office and classrooms, begging people to dump things out of their boxes, and then go out to put the cardboard on windshields.  Of course, this was a one-time solution since there was no question of reusing the cardboard.

    I'll be passing this along to my car-owning friends.

    One thing I used to do to help in getting the car open in icy weather was to put Vaseline on the rubber gaskets around the doors, trunk, hatchbacks, etc.  I know it's not good for the gaskets and you have to be careful about rubbing against them and getting grease on your coat, but it sure beats trying to pry the doors open while standing on ice.  

    BTW, this also works if you're painting a house or garage door.  Even when the paint appears and feels dry, it will stick to the gaskets and make a mess of your paint job.  (The dry-time for latex and oil base is different, but they both stick when the paint is fresh.)  A coat of Vaseline will keep the gaskets from sticking to the paint.  Same caution about your clothes, though...

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 03:37:19 AM PST

  •  Good use for old sheets. (7+ / 0-)

    How exactly do you get them to stay on? Drape them over the windshield and tuck the ends onto the dash and then shut the door on them? Did it take 2 people? Sorry, I'm one of those visual people, trying to see how you did it so that high winds wouldn't take them off.  I had visions of magnets glue gunned (or sewn in pockets by the Marthas among us) along the edges to cling to the hood/frame.

    Your idea for the Itzl Alerts is brilliant, and I predict will have positive impacts.  What seems overwhelming or impossible alone becomes achievable when we work together.  How's that for a fortune cookie cliche? Anyway, kudos to you ;-)

    "In politics stupidity is not a handicap." Napoleon Bonaparte

    by citylights on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 03:51:36 AM PST

    •  Ah (10+ / 0-)

      fold them in half lengthwise, with the fold to the top of the car.  Drape them over the windshield, tucking the bottom under the wipers to hold the sheet in place, then tuck a bit along the edges of the door and shut the door on it. Repeat on the other side, untuck the sheet from under the wipers to cover the wipers so they don't freeze.

      Repeat with the back window, tucking the sheet into the back door.

      If it's going to heavily ice up, use extra sheets (the fitted crib sheets work best) to drape over the driver's and passenger's side doors and the side view mirrors.

      DOES NOT WORK IN RAIN - it funnels the rain right into your car and soaks the seats.

      Only do this for actual icing and heavy, icy fog/dew, and snow.

      All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

      by Noddy on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 04:50:14 AM PST

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  •  Good morning everyone. (7+ / 0-)

    We spent the night in a campground in Forsyth, Ga.  It's about 60 miles south of Atlanta.   We are going to a campground in Ocala, Florida tonight. It's only about a 5 hour drive from Forsyth.  We'll be in nice and early. Don't want to be on the roads after dark on New Year's Eve.  

    Hope everyone has a fun, but safe night.

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 03:51:41 AM PST

  •  Hey, sign me up. I want to be in the network. (7+ / 0-)

    Please do what you do,
    to put me in the Itzl alert network.

    I can't always post
    at the same time each morning,
    but we can see how it goes.

    I have a wife and her family,
    but I am not a tough guy,
    so extra online friends
    make me feel better yet.

    That's why I blog here;
    I feel the need
    for friends outside my family,
    and I have none besides Daily Kos.

    Thanks for having this group here.

  •  Good morning! (6+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Noddy, broths, txcatlin, weck, liz dexic, old wobbly

    It's warmer already than the high yesterday. Supposed to get up in the 70's today, but it's still chilly in the house right now. Sitting here watching Dr. Who on BBC America at the moment, cat's fed, Dad's fed, Bit just woke up. Draco of course is still asleep, he'll come wandering out within 2 hours or so. I stayed up late last night finishing a book I was reading, so woke up a bit late.

    Welcome Bigjac! We're a friendly little community within a community.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 07:15:43 AM PST

  •  We move most of the snow from the last two storms (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Noddy, liz dexic, old wobbly

    yesterday with the loader,  it will be above freezing for a few hours today so I get to remove the snow accumulation from the porches and steps.

    My sister made dinner reservations for a group at a restaurant we love, so we will get to go out on New Years; first time in a long time that we haven't been home.  I will probably still be asleep by midnight, it's an early reservation!

    Welcome bigjacx3; I have read many of your posts and wish you increased happiness in the 2013!

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. & http://www.dailykos.com/blog/Okiciyap

    by weck on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 08:02:19 AM PST

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