Wednesday, August 24, 2011

c'mon irene

A storm is coming, a bad one. Irene is set to slam the northeast with high winds, constant rain, and serious possible damage to the coast. I don't know if it's all churched-up scare tactics to sell ad space for the weather channel or a real threat, but I do know this: my sheep need a safe place before the storm hits. Right now, they don't have one.

The shed build here last fall was a beautiful thing, inexpensive and a true team effort. It held up through the entire winter, one of the worst in decades, and it is still standing as I type. Well, kinda. It only has 4 of 6 posts touching the ground, two walls missing, and a lot of chew marks in it. There was no way it would make it through winter, and I didn't have the time or skill to build a new shed. So I hired the guys down the road to build me a true blue outbuilding at an honest rate. I gave them a couple hundred bucks and they cut down pine trees on their land and took them to a sawmill up the road. They build the four walls, and will be using the old roofing material from the last shed to finish it up. It should be an outstanding, solid, home for this year's flock.

But they weren't set to build it on site till two weeks from now....
 
So, I called the guy down at Common Sense Farm who is building the new sheep shed. I asked if they could possibly install the newer, safer, shed this Friday? I already paid half up front, and I could offer another half of the half I owe that day of set up (leaving me with just a quarter of the price in debt, which I can scrounge soon enough). I'm happy to announce that the sheep here will have a safe home. Let's hope it's not too rough a storm.

29 Comments:

Blogger Jennifer said...

Having been through Hurricane Juan, I'd recommend that you do take it seriously. We had all waved it off, and it was much worse than anyone expected. But I'm not trying to scare you, I'm just recommending you be prepared. But it sounds like you are!

August 24, 2011 at 7:24 PM  
Blogger Brittany Aukett said...

Here at sunny spot we wish you the best through the storm.. it was supposed to hit us here in FL but now is heading towards you. Be safe and I wish your animals the same =: )

-Britany A.
Www.organic-gardening-adventures.blogspot.com

August 24, 2011 at 7:30 PM  
Blogger Tami SouthStreetShabby.blogspot.com said...

I rather doubt that this is an 'ad op' for the weather channel. Having a little experience with hurricanes...I think you're smart to plan ahead. Like yesterday and the earthquake...the NE isn't used to this kind of weather. The upper and New England coast is due for a hurricane and all we can do is hope it's not a bad one. Jenna...look up hurricane Hazel and Agnes...

August 24, 2011 at 7:44 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

So glad your sheep will have a safe home in which to ride out the storm. Thoughts and prayers go out to you, as well as all of our family up in NY. We got hit by Ike in '08 and it was really scarry to see how much damage and loss of life could take place so far inland. It never hurts to take the warnings seriously.

Blessings,
Debi

August 24, 2011 at 7:53 PM  
Blogger DarcC said...

Hey Jenna, I'm freakin'out a little bit too. I'm glad your builders will come in time. I have two horses in a two-stall shed, and two ponies in a temporary stall in my garage. Both structures are under big trees. Nice for summer shade, bad for hurricane. The trees over the shed will come down, hopefully Saturday, as they are dying anyway. The ponies I hope to send to a neighbor with a spare stall in a big sturdy barn, as I'm unwilling to take down a beautiful healthy elm tree. Where I'm going to put the chickens I don't know. Good luck and stay safe.

August 24, 2011 at 7:57 PM  
Blogger Gail said...

Hope your sheep and your remain safe.

August 24, 2011 at 8:08 PM  
OpenID notherethenwhere said...

Good luck with the storm - it looks like it'll be a doozie, and getting the sheep all set up before it shows up sounds like and excellent idea.

August 24, 2011 at 8:11 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Darc, I think it'll be rough, but okay. I am going to have candles, flashlights, batteries, the weather radio and enough food and water stored away in case for the worst. But between Jasper's stall and the new barn, I think everyone will be in the safest place they can be...

August 24, 2011 at 8:14 PM  
Blogger sheryl said...

hey Jenna--- I just read this and it made me think of you. thought you should see it if you haven't already:

http://farm-tales.blogspot.com/2011/08/what-does-farmer-look-like.html

(I'm a devoted follower tho I don't think I've posted before. looking forward to hearing you and meeting you at Seven Springs!)---Sheryl

August 24, 2011 at 8:22 PM  
Blogger georgie said...

Best to over prepare, just in case. We have earthquakes here and I need to update the emergency kit. Hope you and the gang keep safe and the hurricane avoids your area.

August 24, 2011 at 8:23 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Hi Jenna.
The wind is blowing here already in Maine and it is that kind of wind that lets you know some weather is headed your way! We are 40 minutes from the coast-so 200 feet above sea level-so Lord willing-we will be safe.
Lisa

August 24, 2011 at 8:29 PM  
Blogger Sewing Machine Girl said...

not sure if your water problems are still an issue and you've got a generator to run the sump,if it were me and a big weather emergency, I would herd them into the basement. Any good self respecting Yankee farmer would do the same ;-).
Long Island Express 1938, Carol 1953- my parents rode Carol out in Eastern MA as children. My grandfather's 3 story hay barn was picked up intact and deposited in the middle of the street. You do the best you can, and the good Lord willin' the crick don't rise. Lehman's Non-electric has some darn good oil lamps. Those Amish know what they are doing.

Oh, and get your chainsaw ready. Nothing like being ok, but unable to drive anywhere because a tree or two is across your driveway.

August 24, 2011 at 8:36 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

I feel your pain and applaud your preparedness. Ever since getting livestock, it is like I have babies in the house all over again... I wake up at the slightest hint of rain falling and sit and mentally inventory where everyone is, making sure they all have shelter. So glad yours will be in on time.

August 24, 2011 at 8:49 PM  
Blogger Rusty in Miami said...

I know the weather channel goes into overdrive when a hurricane is coming, but after living through Andrew, I take them all seriously, be safe.

August 24, 2011 at 8:53 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

I'm glad your builders are willing to change their schedule for you! If they can get it done in time, everyone will be safe. Let's all ride it out together.

August 24, 2011 at 8:54 PM  
Blogger Kathy P. said...

By the time the storm (what's left of it) gets here, it'll most likely be a tropical depression and fading fast. We get the remnants of hurricanes affecting upstate NY every few years or so. Heavy, humid air, windy and pelting rain - worse toward the coast of course. Along the coast, they often have to watch out for a storm surge as well. This isn't really all that unusual, but weather "hype" seems to dominate these days. (We get "Storm Watch" alerts from the local TV station when a couple inches of snow are predicted!) I think it's much more important to pay attention to what local officials recommend. They're the ones who will know if you really need to be concerned. Right now they're only predicting a 40% chance of rain on Sunday for us - so probably somewhat higher for you. Just batten down the hatches and ride it out. I'm glad you'll be getting a better sheep shed before it gets here though.

August 24, 2011 at 9:04 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Just took all three dogs out for last call. The wind was up for sure!

August 24, 2011 at 9:43 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

I vote: take it seriously from a NC girl who's been thru a couple that made it inland(Hugo and Floyd). Saw the weather channel chief meteorologist on tv tonight and he thinks similiar to 1985 Gloria that hit up there and maybe even some of the 1950's. So batten down the hatches. I'm a little concerned about the barn that Jasper stays in after what your guy told you. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Jenna.

August 24, 2011 at 10:01 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Here in NC, we are prepared. All the animals will be safe but I don't hold a lot of hope out for the garden if the winds really start to blow. I guess tomatoes flying through the air is not a big deal in the grand scheme of things. I hope Irene has tired out by the time she reaches you. Be safe, everybody!

August 25, 2011 at 1:44 AM  
Blogger Kelpie and Collie said...

I bet you find your sheep hanging out under a tree, not under the shed ;) That's just how sheep are. Remember, wool has good water proofing to their skin- especially the Scotties.

August 25, 2011 at 6:57 AM  
Blogger katiegirl said...

I'm on the Eastern Shore of MD, and we're not getting any wind yet. They're still unsure of whether or not we're going to get much. It could come right up the bay, and we'd get slammed, or it could move out to sea and we'll just get some tropical storm force winds and lots of rain. The pen in the barn is 3/4 full of hay, but if need be I can just cram all the sheep and goats in there during the worst part of the storm. If not, they'll be fine outside with their 3-sided shelter.

I guess I didn't realize you guys up north got much from hurricanes. I thought they usually moved out to sea before they reached ya!

August 25, 2011 at 8:02 AM  
Blogger Meredith A said...

the first thing i thought about was your freezer full of meat. hope you have a generator.

stay safe!

August 25, 2011 at 8:42 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

Take it seriously. No one ever suffered from too much preparedness. Often it's a false alarm, but that one time it isn't will sure ruin your day. Now's the time to dig out and assess your first aid kit too (or if you don't have one, get one) for yourself and possibly the animals. Oh, and gas up the truck if it isn't. Otherwise it sounds like you're in pretty good shape!

August 25, 2011 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

On the subject of perishable food, if you can buy or borrow one of those giant white marine ice chests, they will keep food cold for up to a week (with ice, of course). Ours saved our bacon (literally) through a three-day outage. If you have a chest freezer, don't open it. It will stay cold much longer than an upright fridge/freezer. This is assuming power comes back on within about 24 hours. Longer than that, and steps must be taken.
*This isn't specific to this situation or you, Jenna. Just a tip I thought might be helpful for anyone since we're talking storm preparedness!

August 25, 2011 at 8:59 AM  
Blogger Chance said...

Wind's up in Vermont, and it is a remider to get ready. Realistically, I think it will be fading fast by the time it gets to us, but I'm taking it very seriously. If it is a pleasant rain with no drama, then preparing is a great dress rehearsal. Getting the chainsaw ready is great advice, because even if it is mild enough to do little damage to housing and barns, trees are for sure gonna come down with our super-saturated ground after the wet spring and summer. Check in with the neighbors... Plan for the worst, hope for the best.

August 25, 2011 at 9:03 AM  
Blogger Patsy said...

God bless ya' and praying everything is okay. But do prepare as much as you can. And may God have His hand on You and all of the animals.

August 25, 2011 at 10:51 AM  
Blogger kate said...

Jenna, I've lived in eastern central NY all my life. As Kathy P. said, we get the remnants of hurricanes every so often, maybe once a decade. We are far from any coast. We've had much worse trouble with thunderstorms and tornadoes than the worst hurricane remnant I can recall. Just want to put it in perspective. Of course, there is always a chance for a rare event.

August 25, 2011 at 11:05 AM  
Blogger birdmom2 said...

Irene was supposed to hit us here on the east coast of Florida. We were very lucky and are just experiencing the feeder bands now as I write. I pray you and your animals all the luck= lets hope she stays well out at sea!

August 25, 2011 at 1:10 PM  
Blogger doglady said...

Those of us living on the Maine coast are taking a wait and see attitude. These things often don't develop into as much as a normal Nor'easter. I will take my rabbits in as their hutches tend to blow over in gale force winds. Other than that it will be business as usual.

August 25, 2011 at 1:39 PM  

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