When I first moved to South Dakota, it was May 2021. It was about 70° F. Then summer came and it was wickedly hot (about 100° F. I asked my neighbors if it really snowed here because it was so hot. I couldn’t wrap my head around this concept that it snows here. They laughed.

It did snow once or twice, but then nothing more. The snow stayed for awhile and then it was gone. No white Christmas.

Wishing For A White Christmas

Two weeks ago we got our first snow 5”! Beautiful! Then I started wishing for a white Christmas… . Last week’s storm brought in a couple of more inches of snow and freezing rain.

Driver’s side window looking from outside to inside.

Friday December 16, 2022

I needed to get to the post office. It was the end of the storm. I was able to unlock the doors of my truck, but unable to get in. The doors were frozen shut. Unable to drive to the store and not able to walk in negative temperatures, I went back inside my home.

Saturday December 17, 2022

I tried 70% rubbing alcohol with warm water in a spray bottle to try to get into any of the doors in my truck. Nope. I tried again in the evening but it being-16°F, I was just too cold.

Sunday December 18, 2022

6°F, the sun is out. I mixed up a new de-icer spray of white vinegar and water in a 3:1 ratio. Using the spray and a plastic spatula, I was finally able to get into the driver’s side passenger door. It took 40 minutes!

Looking through my windshield from inside my truck.

The driver’s side door was popped open just a bit, so wasn’t sure if my battery would be OK. But luckily, it was.

I wanted a white Christmas, but damn! Definitely didn’t want the freezing temperatures.

Starting An Old Truck in Severe Temperatures

My 20+ year old truck doesn’t like to work in temperatures below 45°F. I found if I place the key in the ignition and turn it a couple of times before cranking over the engine, it starts up like a dream.

Upcoming forecast

Not looking forward to next week’s temperatures. -12°F?! Are you kidding me? That’s the high of the day?! Eek 😬

Merry Christmas!

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a happy healthy New Year! Safe travels!