Yes, ladies, I'm finally able to leave the property! Truly miracles still occur. After I got out yesterday and tried to chip away the ice on the driveway (which, BTW, is shaped like a snake with two curves and two hills on the way to the road, mostly in shadow) I'm made some progress, but today I finally broke down and asked my neighbor if he would come down and check on the ice and see if I could get the heck out of here. Well, he did and I did.
My one and only trip to civilization in seven days was to the Post Office to pick up the mail which had piled up this past week. I'll probably get a thank you note in the box on Tuesday since said box was stuffed and I do mean stuffed full. Only two bills that needed a check-which I wrote sitting in the car in the P.O. parking lot and mailed-but the rest took me about 30 minutes to open when I got home. Tomorrow I plan to go out and I don't much care where to either :)