Today, as snow continues to fall, I’m thinking it’s a great day for snuggling up with a nice cup of tea or coffee and reading a good book. I’m rereading parts of the Carpathian series written by Christine Feehan. Some I haven’t read in ten years, but I’m enjoying the visit with some of my favorite characters. There are a couple of movies we have lined up to watch as well. I haven’t seen the first two Iron Man movies and so hope to catch up on those.
Unless we lose power. Then it’s books by lantern light and crank up either the woodstove to heat food and water for coffee, or our propane camp stove. Fortunately, we don’t have an electric ignition on our backup wall heater so staying warm won’t be a problem. I always have about 70 gallons of water on hand and extra few gallons for flushing and dish washing. We’re set.
We’re right in the midst of rapidly falling snow. We’ve been told to expect in excess of two inches an hour within the heavy bands of snow and we’re smack-dab in the middle of one of those heavy bands. Thankfully, it’s a short but intense storm. We were hoping we’d be in the 4-7 inch band. I should have known better, lol! Our band might only drop ten inches on us unless it shifts and if it does, then we’re looking at a foot of snow by the time it stops later this afternoon. Maybe we’ll get lucky and it will shift the other way.
|Dan last year shoveling after our late January snow storm.|
Fortunately, there’s no school or work for the family as it’s a Federal holiday. Dan and Jake have a date with the snow shovels once the snow stops later after lunch. While they’re shoveling, Melissa and I will be hauling out grain and hay for the horses and feed for the Danes—they have insulated oak dog houses with a half bale of hay inside to snuggle up in. All we have to do is break a hole in the ice for the animals to reach the water. The rabbits will need new water along with hay and grain. We have a system down and it usually takes us about fifteen-twenty minutes to do all the feeding but the with the deep snow it might be more like thirty-forty minutes. I guarantee, I’ll be putting on my carharts insulated overalls, winter parka, and my snow boots. They guys will haul out several buckets of water. We’ll be more than ready for a hot meal and movies for the afternoon.
I know all this snow is heading straight for Kentucky—enjoy it Keith (Optimistic Existentialist) because you will probably be getting even more snow than we have.
- More than 55 million people live in areas that are currently under a wind chill warning or advisory.
- An additional 50 million are under winter storm warnings, stretching from Oklahoma to South Carolina and up to New Jersey. (CNN Weather facts)
Hope all stay safe and warm.