Wednesday, January 28, 2009

A little winter weather

A good-sized winter storm rolled through the night before last. We got some freezing rain – about 1/4” accumulation. The ice stayed on the trees until last night, even though it rained all day yesterday. It warmed up a couple of degrees last night, or the rain we got then would’ve frozen also. As it was, the ice melted overnight.

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All together, we received just over five inches of rain here. At the end of the storm this morning, the temperature dropped into the upper 20s, and we got some sleet and snow. Just enough to cover the ground.

In other areas of the state, there was more ice accumulation and/or snow. Anne and I were going to drive to Michigan today to deliver a vehicle to the buyer, but we postponed until tomorrow. We would’ve had to have driven through areas in Indiana that got some significant snow. We still may have some icy roads tomorrow, but there’s no rush. We’ll be back home on Friday. The younguns are staying with my parents, and Dad will take care of chores while we’re going. That’s one of the advantages of having a bit of community on the homestead.

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Even though we didn’t receive a major storm here, we were prepared for one. Being prepared is a way of life, actually. We have food, water, and heat. We don’t live our lives with the need to run to the store for every little thing. Running to the store happens as infrequently as possible. That means it will usually be weeks or even months between trips to buy some “necessary” item from the store. With that sort of situation, there is little adverse effects from a severe storm, only some inconveniences (like no internet if the power goes out).

2 comments:

Anonymous

Hey Darryl!

I started following your Cedar Creek timberframing blog, now the homesteading blog as well. I just wanted to say how much I am enjoying your stories, pictures and thoughts. You are living the dream.

Look forward to more.

Wade
Ontario, Canada

Anna

They showed some people in Kentucky on the news this evening. Their power was out, and they said they didn't expect it to be back for 2 to 3 weeks. Is the power company down there really that slow?

It's good to be prepared. These people have a wood stove, but apparently no wood to burn. So, they were burning their wood fence and planned to move on to kitchen cabinets - 'whatever is made of wood'

I just thought it was weird.

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