After our adventure last night, I’m rather impressed by my current lack of pain this morning! 🙂 I expected to at least be stiffening up by now, but at the moment, there’s just some minor tension in my neck and shoulders. I’m taking pain killers, anyway, but that’s really more for my arthritis.
I really don’t know a whole lot about my mother’s car, but my older brother had tried to help her with it a lot over the years, and knows it a lot better than I do. I wasn’t able to fill him in on what happened last night, but he was able to take a few minutes from work and call me this morning.
I was reminded of another reason it’s a good thing this happened in my mother’s car, and not our van.
It’s an all wheel drive.
I’m sure I had been told that at some point, but had completely forgotten.
That would have had a lot to do with our being able to get out of that steep ditch!
I had hoped to use her car to visit my mother this morning, but that’s gone out the window. I’ll be making some calls with the insurance company and the garage to get some advice on whether any other damage found would be covered, and how to go about getting the car in, without driving on that donut tire with the broken lug. My brother had asked if I could tell if the bottom of the car had dragged on anything while in the ditch. At the time, I was too preoccupied to notice, but really, it would have been impossible NOT to have happened. It might have been just snow and dried grasses, but for sure the undercarriage would have had lots of contact. Another reason I’m thinking it would be safer to get the car towed to the garage rather than risk driving it on the highway for that distance, even if we got the tire repaired/replace and put it on ourselves. Until someone can take a look under it, there’s no way to really know how much damage – if any – there is. We just have no way to look under there properly, ourselves.
I learned something rather amusing this morning, about how my daughter handled things last night. I had been wondering if she had started to stiffen up or anything. I was told that she had been pretty zoned out during the drive home, so when the deer started crossing the road and I started to try and avoid them, she was in a completely relaxed state.
She stayed relaxed the entire time, including hitting the ditch and getting out again. Such is her confidence in my driving skills! As a result, she’s just fine this morning.
I wish I were that confident in my own skills! 😀
Since I’m not going anywhere today, I was able to postpone doing my morning rounds until it was actually daylight. I took advantage of that and did a larger circuit. I was happy to see tracks in the snow showing that the cats are indeed using the dog house shelter we’d set up. Lots of little paw prints leading to and from the straw.
While heading along the path I’d made at the south fence line, which I can now use to reach the trail cam, I saw fresh deer tracks. The deer are using the cleared path, too! About half way up the fence line, I could see where the deer jumped the fence and headed across the driveway to the old hay yard. Even in the dark, I can see where the deer usually go through the yard, using the larger vehicle gate and heading to and from the gate by the barn.
Going around to the other side of the spruce grove, I could see where the deer jump the fence near the apple trees. Other tracks show where they have been jumping the fence at the north corner, too. The whole area is covered with deer tracks. They like to walk under the drip line of the spruces, but are also spending a lot of time around the apple trees.
Last year was not a good year for apples, and from that row of trees, we were able to get good apples off of only a couple of them. This winter, only one tree still has apples on it. There are smaller, almost ornamental apples, and they are left for the deer and the birds.
The deer have clearly been trying to get at them.
There are some smaller broken branches, but this big one is a new break. It looks like the branch got pulled down and completely denuded of apples!
I’m going to leave it there until spring clean up. At some point, I should go back and try to knock some of the apples down for the deer. I wasn’t able to do it at the time, since I had a coat full of Butterscotch! She has made it her habit to join me when I go out to change the memory card on the trail cam, where she insists I pick her up and cuddle her! Lately, I’ve been tucking her into my coat to keep warm, and she is actually letting me do it. 🙂
I just checked, and we’re at -26C (-15F) right now, with a wind chill of -33C (-27F). You’d think the cats would all stay in the sun room, where it was only -12C (10F) this morning, but they insist on going out and wandering around!
Looking at the temperatures, though, it’s probably just as well I’m not visiting my mother today! 😀
Time to go look up numbers and make some phone calls.