Thursday, February 6, 2014

Pagophobia

Yesterday's post was all about fun and football. But as we know the football is all gone, spring training has yet to start and when there's an inch of ice -- yesterday's weather -- it's not much fun at all. I gave in to my not-so-irrational fear of falling on ice, Pagophobia, cancelled physical therapy and spent a quiet day at home. Up until ten minutes ago I didn't know that fear of ice had a bona fide phobia label, but I thought, "Just let me google fear of ice..." It is comforting to know that I'm not alone with my worries about walking on ice.

Luckily today I had a lunch planned with friends from my New York City government days, one of whom I hadn't seen in over twenty years. Today was cold, but sunny and it was going to take more than a concern about slushy corners -- what a mess! -- to keep me in on a bright and clear day. Our lunch was really fun and we had a great time catching up. I also got to the bank, drug store and grocery and so enjoyed being outside.

Though there's not much fun for me in all of the storms of this season I found this snow person on my walk this afternoon and he is a lot of fun.

This is definitely keeping the glamour of life in New York real. Big piles of slushy snow, Con Edison signage for electrical work and our trash waiting for pickup. 

I hope you can find some fun in this winter, too. As always, thanks for visiting and take good care.  

19 comments:

Terra said...

Who knew there was a word for fear of ice; I think the word could be iceophobia. Well, I don't run the world so that won't catch on. Lunch with buddies from the past would be a blast!

Stephanie said...

Hello Carol! The thing...or man in the snow is quite interesting and colorful :) It's always so fun seeing pictures from where you live as I have never been to New York. Hugs to you, friend!

Simply Linda said...

Love that thing in the snow, lol. Sigh..I thought garbage out was only in the movies, so, it is true then. At least your snow is cleaned up and you have clean sidewalks, smiles. Blessings

Jacquelineand.... said...

It looks like your snow creature also suffers from a fear of ice...and I must confess that I have pagophobia as well. Glad you were able to get out and enjoy the sunshine and lunch with your friend. =)

Sola Scriptura said...

I like the snow face - how funny. It sure looks cold with all of the snow there. Try to keep warm!

Nellie said...

I'm for staying off the ice, too! Smart move, in my opinion! This winter just doesn't want to quit! Take care, and stay safe and warm!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I would not get out on slippery sidewalks either. Take care and watch the weather! Sweet hugs!

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

I had a couple of friends over just today and one of them was sharing her concern about falling on the ice. Last week she was heading out the door and started to slip, turned around and went right back into the house. Now I can tell her about this new word you have shared. Stay safe and warm!

Patty Sumner said...

Now you know your fear is justified... you are not alone! We have lots of ice and snow here too. This Winter just does not want to give up... come on Spring! I love the snow face.. what a great idea.. using food color..very creative.. I am sure you see many creative things as you walk around...stay safe and stay warm and avoid the ice...blessings!

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Who knew there was a name for fear of ice? I have a fear of slipping up on it, too. Twenty years ago, in Richmond, I was standing on a street corner--not moving--when my feet shot out from under me and my lower back hit the curb. Black ice. Since then, I don't trust ice!

That's such a creative "person" in the snow!

Melinda said...

What did we do without Google?

I had no idea there was such a term.

Glad you had a fun time. We had our
third snow day today. Cabin fever was beginning so Mr. Ken took me out to
dinner, it was nice to be out of thr house for a bit.

M : )

TARYTERRE said...

I didn't know that was the name of the phobia about ice. I worry about it too. We got about 12 inches of snow here the other night. But there is a coating of ice under it that's scary when shoveled.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Ice is not a good thing at all. I've been staying in and keeping safe on the icy days. Which means I haven't been out and about much at all. Take good care!

Wandering Wren said...

Love your snow person - we're back to stinking hot again and hanging out for our cool change!!! :)
Wren x

Wandering Wren said...

Love your snow person - we're back to stinking hot again and hanging out for our cool change!!! :)
Wren x

Ida said...

I don't blame you for not wanting to go out in icy conditions. Falling is not fun. I wonder if there is a phobia name for Fear of Driving on Ice.
So happy you were able to get out and spend time with friends. Sounds like you have a good time. That snow face was fun.

Denise D Hammond, CGFM-Retired said...

Back in 1968 I found the last piece of ice in the City of Detroit and ended up breaking my leg. I understand Completely!

Annesphamily said...

This Winter has been a bear for all of us. No matter where you live, the snow and cold settled in. I am glad we are getting a few days of warmth. Our back yard looks like a skating rink. Some piles of snow are still deep and the sun never seems to get around to it. I too fear falling on the ice. I still have my snow boots in the car when I leave for work and come home at lunch.

Lynda said...

You are a smart woman to avoid the ice!!! You have had enough recovery with your foot and don't want any worse. I am so glad for you though that you got out with friends and to do some errands. It is nice when there is enough break in the weather for that.