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Freezing Rain Coming for Soap Lake Washington

Here in Soap Lake, Washington it is looking like we are going to have to gear up for freezing rain today. Weather forecasts are predicting freezing rain and one to three inches of snow on top of the slippery ice for the Soap Lake area.

Prevent Slips and Fall Injuries Due to Slick Walking Paths

Cover exposed walkways. There is nothing worse than trying to get out of the house to go to work after a nice freezing rain. This year, my main exit and entryway to the house is exposed to the elements. I have to walk across a wood deck and down a couple of steps. If that porch gets covered with freezing rain, there will be no getting out.

I decided that I’m going to cover the area with a tarp overnight. That way, tomorrow morning I can just shake the ice off the tarp and have a dry, non-skid surface to walk on.

Get traction grippers for your shoes. They don’t cost much and here in our area the best bet to find them is in Ephrata, at WalMart. These grippers are inexpensive, and work pretty well, but will ice up, so they are not completely fool proof. They are easy to use and you just slip them over your shoes.

Stock up on ice melt. Sometimes the ice melting products work great, but if it gets too cold, or the snow or ice buildup is too heavy, it won’t work very well. In cases of rain and snow mix, or freezing rain, the ice melting substance tends to wash away, or pool.

What to do When Car Door Freezes Shut

Caution: If roads are very icy or closed, driving conditions could be very dangerous. Please check your local authorities, and listen to a reliable news source for road closures. If they are saying to stay off the roads, following the instructions could save your life. 

When weather like this hits, it can be frustrating if your car door freezes shut. This is why it is a good idea to keep an extra jug of window deicer handy. Sometimes, just the dampness and cold temperatures are enough to cause your car door to freeze to the weather stripping around the edges of the door opening. When I know the bad weather is coming, I first try to eliminate the problems from occurring by covering my vehicle. But sometimes that doesn’t happen, and when I need to unfreeze my car door, the following technique works well for me:

  • Use an empty beverage bottle, or other container you can just throw away afterward.
  • Fill the container with window deicer.
  • Starting at the top of the car door, pour a small amount of deicer into the crack where the door meets the rest of the car. If that seam is completely covered with ice, try using your windshield scraper to dislodge the ice so that the deicer can get into the seam.
  • If you are not able to chip the ice away, just continue to slowly pour the solution around the area a little at a time. You may need to give it around five minutes to work. After giving it a few minutes, try using your ice scraper again. This may take some time, and repeat applications.
  • Once you have cleared the top seam and it is free of ice, carefully pour more ice melting solution into the seam. Again, give it a few minutes to work. Continue clearing ice from around your door with your ice scraper, making sure the car door handle is also free of ice.
  • Try the door. If it still won’t open, repeat the application of solution all around the door, door handle, and the top of the seam where it can drain downward toward the door latch.
  • Wait for 10 minutes.
  • Try the door again, and if necessary, give it one more application and wait another 10 minutes.


Usually, this works for me.

Frost on the Tomato Vines

Home made tomato sauce.

Well, it is now that time of year. Last night it got down to 27 degrees, and my tomato vines turned a dark shade of gray. The bush was loaded with plum tomatoes that were just starting to ripen, as well as lots of green tomatoes.

I decided to just harvest all of the partially-

ripe plum tomatoes, and plucked a few green ones (for fried green tomatoes). The partially-ripened fruit can be used in almost any cooked tomato sauce, and you just rinse and put them in a heavy, airtight, sealed baggie. This winter I can pop them out and peel them when they are still partially frozen. Then just chop or cut into chunks and throw them in the spaghetti sauce.

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Just a short note to tell everyone that I wrote a short article on HubPages today about coping with the

Woman standing in forest

Solitude in nature often lowers stress levels.

emotional and psychological stresses of keeping up with the current events happening all around us.

This article is about coping when the news is reporting crisis and disaster.

In the article are tips for keeping up with what is going on without increasing your levels of stress and fear.

Here is where you can find it: How to Process Troubling News Events

Soap Lake WA School On Lockdown

Author’s Note: 1:43 p.m. The kids have now been cleared to go back to class and will be released at normal time.

This morning, from what I understand, there was a bomb threat at the Soap Lake High School. The kids are in lock down but, have been removed from the area affected at the time of this writing. We are told they are safe and being fed lunch while law enforcement checks the school for threats or explosives.

While this is something I would never want my child to experience, I have to say I am impressed with the handling of the situation by school officials in keeping our kids safe.

Parents: This is a good time to make sure your contact information is up to date. How scary to think your child could be evacuated and the school couldn’t contact you.

Be sure to allow some extra time to talk with your kids about this. It will ease the post traumatic stress they will encounter in the aftermath.

Thank you, first responders, for working to keep our kids safe.

John’s Thrift, Soap Lake, WA

Local Grocery Store Has Heart and Soul

Soap Lake, WA
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In small towns like Soap Lake, WA, the local grocery store, such as John’s Thrift, is often an important community element. The grocery store is the place where friends and neighbors catch up on what is going on. The bulletin board on the outside of the the building by the front doors contains announcements of upcoming events and local advertisements. To put your notice up all you have to do is stop at the deli counter with a copy of your notice. If it is approved, they will put it up for you.

Inside John’s, you can shop in peace. You can stand and look at the items in the isles without someone continually asking you to move. When I go to Walmart, it seems like it is impossible to stand still and look at something without somebody saying, “Excuse me,” which is code for, “Move!”

I also like that John’s has a pretty good selection of healthy beverages, and most all the staples for living.

In addition to all they offer, the staff is friendly and actually recognizes you when you come in the door. How nice, after a hard day’s work, to walk into the local grocery store and have someone greet you with a big smile.

My heartfelt thanks go out to everyone that makes John’s Thrift so special.