I’m fairly certain that God was making tapioca pudding last night. He mixed the ingredients well, cooked it up, then placed in a large glass bowl and into the refrigerator so it could cool. Unfortunately, God hasn’t updated his kitchen in a while (after all of the years, who can keep track of the last remodelling, anyway?), and it seems the back of his fridge must have fallen off recently. You can tell because all of the tapioca pudding in the pretty glass dish has crashed upon Kirksville.
I awoke this morning to the sounds of thunder and Nickel Creek, a surprising combination. Minutes after, I was reawakened by the sound of sharp rain. Loud rain. Only after I got out of my lofted bed did I realise that it was sleet and freezing rain. So when I finally walked to class at 8.30, I became suddenly aware of what must have happened to God’s pudding.
All around was the ice. Plastered to trees, railings, and the ground. That must have been that pretty glass bowl. And mixed in was the tapioca. Thick like fish eggs all over the ground, giving your morning walk to class a gushy and otherwise slippery sensation.
Poor God, I suppose he’ll have to make some more pudding for lunch. Luckily, it shouldn’t take too long. And maybe He’ll find that it’s time to renovate the kitchen.
A small example of this tapioca pudding sleet.
With every step, you could hear the trees creak and moan. The weight of the ice has probably caused some limb damage around Kirksville.
My bike has seen quite a beating over the past few months. Poor thing. I’ll have to take it home, refill the empty tire, and scrub off the rust. What a shame that it was so expensive and now so useless.
Seriously! This rust is ridiculous. My poor, poor bike!
I couldn’t even turn the handlebars because of the layer of ice.
This is what Mo hall looks like in front of my window. My room is on the first level, behind this lovely tree so full of ice.
Missouri knows how to turn ice storms into something beautiful, that’s for sure.
(In all seriousness, there was a bit of freezing rain last night that turned into a hefty amount of sleet. It’s slick and mushy out there, so be cautious and wear boots! Also, avoid driving and standing under trees; they’re really quacking with the weight of the ice. The temperature is dropping steadily, so patches of rain will turn into sleet/snow again, and water on the sidewalks will refreeze tonight and tomorrow morning. Be wary if the salt trucks have not swung by.)