I made sure I got up each and every morning extra early because I knew on the ice and snow I would have to drive extra slow. If I would give the advice on the air to leave early and get there safe I would have to lead by example.

So today was no different except there was a lot more snow on the ground. I really thought that would make it easier. Boy was I wrong. I left in the Mix 941 Van. It is a little heavier and higher off the ground then my car. So I thought that would help me out.

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I was wrong. The problem is the way my driveway is.....it has a decline when you are leaving into the street. So the front of the vehicle almost hits the concrete when the back end is in the street. There was my problem. With all the snow I was stuck. The back of the vehicle was in my street blocking any traffic that may come my way.

I only saw one car and that one didn't stop to check on me. I tried to call AAA but they don't cover stuff like this. I was on my own. I tried to post on Facebook for help but it was 4:15 am. Who would be up at that time. Unfortunately I had to call my boss. I wanted her aware that I may not make it and I was trying everything.

I made the decision to leave the van and run (as much as I could in the snow) to get my shovel and start the process. It took me over an hour and a half to dig out enough to be able to rev the engine enough and get traction to get back in my driveway.

credit: Melissa Bartlett, TSM

I also had a broken tree limb that was frozen into the snow to avoid as well. The good thing was that the van was back to the safety of my driveway. I didn't have to worry about it getting hit.

I got in the house and luckily I had the equipment to let me broadcast from my house. I have never used it so today was a first for me. I couldn't get part of it to work so it caused me to make another phone call. I had to now call Casey, our engineer, and ask him what he thought the problem was. He got back with me and asked me to try it again. It worked.

credit: Melissa Bartlett, TSM

So I got to spend the morning doing my radio show from my kitchen table. There were only a few glitches but I am glad it all worked out. Even my dog, who is usually all crazy when I am on a Zoom or Teams call was quiet the whole time. I think she knew I already had a rough morning.

credit: Melissa Bartlett, TSM

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