Friday, August 26, 2011

no back up

Everyone is out of generators and the builders from Common Sense Farm canceled the sheep shed. They said they ran into an issue with their hay and a broken mower, and could not install the new barn. I am worried now. Worried about the flock out in 80+ MPH winds in a shabby shelter that barely stands on its own anymore, but with nowhere to put them. There is no space in the barn with Jasper, and I think it would only irritate the horse a dangerous amount to have the sheep trapped in a small space with him where his food is = kicked lambs or worse. And while I don't care about the lights or even the freezer, I am worried we'll lose power and torrential rains will flood the basement, and without electricity the sump pump will not bail me out like it did in the spring during the snow melt episodes. Suddenly, I went from feeling prepared to feeling terrified and vulnerable. I'm worried about the flock, who I was certain just yesterday would be safe under a solid roof...

Update: 3:30PM
I found a small generator! Karen, over at the Salem Agway, had a 1000watt small generator at the store, they held it for me till I came to pick it up, and then the staff showed me what fuel to buy and how to mix the gas/oil. They were amazing, and now even if the power goes off, I'll have a dry basement. I have 10 gallon of oil in the back of the pickup in addition to a full tank of gas. Also, I got a call from the Daughtons and Diane Kennedy: all of them are coming over with scrap lumber and power tools to help shore up the sheep shed and get it secured for the storm. Prayers answered and friends to the rescue! And thank you for all your emails and support! People offered to lend me battery sump pumps, drop off supplies, it is amazing what this internet can do.

I feel ready now! we're going to tough it out!

P.S. IF it gets really bad, Sal and Maude are going into the pig pen, and if you think that's playing favorites...well, you're damn right it is.

Update: 8:30PM
Sheep shed is reinforced, amazingly so. Diane, the Daughton's, and luck got me and the flock in the safe zone. We fixed the walls, reinforced the posts, stuck t-posts on the outsides (thank you, commentators!) and I fed everyone pizza and wings. Tim showed me how to start and shut down the generator, if I need to use it, and I am letting out a sigh now that hits 5.9 on The Richter Scale. Thank you, everyone. From the folks who came here tonight, to the emails, the comments, and the phone calls. All will be well, and if it isn't, I'll be ready.

73 Comments:

Blogger Jude said...

Ugh, I can't believe they cancelled!

In Romania they bring the sheep inside the house...

August 26, 2011 at 12:31 PM  
Blogger Helena said...

Maybe this is a silly suggestion, but is there a way to pen them in the barn where you had your pig last winter? It's not ideal, but better than out in the open....

Also, one more hint--fill your bathtub so you have water to flush the toilet, if you think your running water will go.

Keeping fingers crossed for you that it won't be too bad.

August 26, 2011 at 12:32 PM  
OpenID laruse said...

Could be impossibly messy and impractical, but can they come inside the house? Maybe bunk down in the basement?

August 26, 2011 at 12:36 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

That pen could hold maybe three sheep, tops. And if the barn falls, I just condemed them to death. Jasper has a paddock outdoors so he can shelter in or away from the building. But the sheep would be trapped. I feel they have a better chance hunkering down in the back field then in the barn stuck or hurt by Jasper.

August 26, 2011 at 12:36 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

There's no place in the house, and Jazz and Annie would eat them up, they are not farm dogs. The basement is going to flood and has all the electrical water and heating equipment, plus it is down a set of steep stone stairs. there is no way to get them down the basement

August 26, 2011 at 12:38 PM  
Blogger Joie said...

Might be worth calling around to see if any stores have battery back-up sump pumps. We have one in our basement that worked like a charm. I think it's the Basement Watchdog brand; I know it's the cheapest one. It kept our basement dry for 4 days during a power outage. From what I recall, it was pretty easy to install.

August 26, 2011 at 12:50 PM  
Blogger Helena said...

One other suggestion, then...do you have any local farming friends who might be willing to shelter your sheep for a few days?

August 26, 2011 at 12:52 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Jules!!! That is exactly what I need!!!

No one i know of. trailer or panels on the truck to move them if I did.

August 26, 2011 at 12:57 PM  
Blogger Rosie said...

What about stacking straw bales as a wind break, at least they could get behind it and out of the wind. If you shape it in an L it might offer extra protection. Drive rebar through it if you are worried about it moving. Straw is cheap and you can use it for bedding later or garden mulch.

August 26, 2011 at 1:05 PM  
OpenID Katherine Turner said...

this is the time when you:

1) go quiet, go inside, access your intuition - not woowoo, but that practical sense that tells you what's coming - and see what images, info pop up to guide you

2) reach out to the folks around you and ask for assistance. you are loved. someone will help with a solution.

August 26, 2011 at 1:06 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

So I just drove all the way back to home depot, second 1-hour round trip of the day, and the only generators they had in cost 600 bucks. Out of the question and too heavy to carry into the farmhouse if I could afford it.

No battery-sumps either

August 26, 2011 at 1:24 PM  
Blogger hart said...

I hope things will not be so bad.

For another time--there is a non-electric back-up sump pump that ties into the water pipes and magically uses the vacumn in them to suck the water from the sump pump well if it gets above a certain level.--hart

August 26, 2011 at 1:26 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

So I just drove all the way back to home depot, second 1-hour round trip of the day, and the only generators they had in cost 600 bucks. Out of the question and too heavy to carry into the farmhouse if I could afford it.

No battery-sumps either

August 26, 2011 at 1:28 PM  
Blogger Kathy P. said...

I like that you're taking this seriously, but I also get the feeling that you're getting caught up in the media hype. Folks who live right on the coast - Long Island, NYC, Boston, etc. - yes, they need to take this VERY seriously. But I'm looking at the various weather pages for Cambridge, NY (none of them can find Jackson) on Sunday. Right now, you only have a flood watch for your area, you're probably going to get several inches of rain. It says the wind will be from the NE @ 25-45 on Sunday afternoon, shifting to NW and decreasing overnight. (Only accuweather says gusts of 80. NWS says 60.)Can you create some sort of pen or confinement on the SOUTH side of any building that will shelter them? Which way does your pasture face? If it faces NE, the wind will smack the hill directly. If it faces south, the wind could come from behind the hill so you might find they're pretty sheltered already. And also, given that they're Scottish Blackface, I'm thinking they're a tough breed that will probably take the wind and rain in stride. They ewes may surprise you with their ability to find the most sheltered area in the pasture. If they're going to have to ride it out in the pasture, maybe the best thing to do is spend your time making sure the fences are as solid as you can make them. I dunno, but keep calm. The media is terrible about things like this and I think they do the public a real disservice when they create such a frenzy. It just makes people panic and that's never good.

August 26, 2011 at 1:29 PM  
Blogger Meredith A said...

check craigslist for generators/prefab sheds that could be delivered within 24 hours.

August 26, 2011 at 1:31 PM  
Blogger Kathy P. said...

As for the basement, that might not be so bad either. The problem last winter was the ground was frozen so the meltwater had nowhere to go but downhill on the surface. But it's been a pretty dry summer (at least here), so I suspect the ground will soak up much of it. And the trees and vegetation are still taking up water as well. If the basement does start to flood, call the fire department. They have pumps and help you out as much as possible.

August 26, 2011 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger Melina said...

I think it is great you are prepared. I really feel for you. You might not get the winds. The watch for winds seems to be in ulster, dutchess, and below. NYC will probably get rocked. It could always shift. Hope you find a solution but don't panic.

August 26, 2011 at 1:48 PM  
Blogger Indio said...

I know you've said that you're not very handy, but maybe someone could help you out today to build a small makeshift shed. If you have two trees that are close together, you could install a piece of plywood as a windbreak and with some 2x4's anchor a lean to type roof. If you don't have the old sturdy trees, could you put some plywood on the sides of and top of the outdoor pen? Using the hay bales on the outside of this would act as a wind break. Keep in mind the storm is coming from southeast, not the traditional north westerly wind direction so use that to pick a location. Also, by time it gets to you the winds should have dropped so you don't need to build for 140 mph winds.

August 26, 2011 at 1:49 PM  
OpenID kragore said...

Deep breath.
Sheep are hardy critters, that's why you've got them. I don't think you have to worry about them pulling a Dorthy and blowing away to Kansas. We always give our beefers a choice, and they always stay outside in a herd in storms. They will naturally congregate where the winds are broken. (the staked hay bale lee is a good one) You might have to worry about a tree coming down on the fence, but that's a part of things. I'd not worry about them so much.
The basement, well, that's where I'd concentrate my energy. Do you have a hose long enough to get to a point lower than your basement? If so, you might be able to set up a gravity syphon: http://www.ehow.com/how_5019033_siphon-water-hose.html

Batten down, but take it as it comes. Energy spent worrying is less energy you'll have to deal things as they arise.

August 26, 2011 at 1:53 PM  
OpenID Search_for_Erudition said...

It's good to be nervous, but don't stir yourself up into a panic. From what I've read, Blackface sheep are pretty sturdy and self sufficient. They'll find a way to survive. As for the potential flooding, can you barricade the furnace some how? With shower curtains and buckets? Or even some rebar?

If you can, perhaps you could keep your dogs in a room upstairs, and maybe your sheep in the living room downstairs?

August 26, 2011 at 1:54 PM  
Blogger Maggie in Tally said...

Lehman's. Overnight.

Hand powered Water Pump. $159.

August 26, 2011 at 2:04 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

I'm actually of the opinion that the sheep are best off outside in this instance. They may not be happy, but they'll find a place to hunker down together and will most likely just get wet. Ditto for chickens. We haven't yet had to do this (knock on wood), but my husband and I have long agreed that if ever we have a natural disaster bad enough, we'll open every gate, every barn door, etc. and let the animals go where they will. In really bad situations, I think they're better off being able to get OUT. The only exception would be if you were facing serious, high water flooding, of a sort where your land was only passable by boat. I don't see that being likely here.

August 26, 2011 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

What Kragore said - 100%.

August 26, 2011 at 2:06 PM  
Blogger Chance said...

http://www.amazon.com/Duracell-DPP-600HD-Powerpack-Starter-Emergency/dp/B000TKHMWK

This is an expensive example of a p-ortable power supply with an inverter. You should be able to find one at an auto supply house, or Kmart. You charge it up before the storm. In a pinch, you can plug in the sump pump (make sure it is the kind with a plug and an inverter). If it runs out of charge you can hook up the car battery to it and run the sump.

Also, marine stores have bilge pumps in stock. Hand pumps for boats. They work great as emergency sump pumps.

Turn out the sheep, they'll be fine. We just got downgraded to a tropical storm anyway up here in Veryork, so it should be less rain then previously suggested. Good luck!

August 26, 2011 at 2:11 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

We just picked up a marine battery ($70) (car battery would work too) and inverter ($29). If you can find an inverter, then it should work. If an auto supply store doesn't have it- look at a place that people with RVs or boats would shop.

August 26, 2011 at 2:15 PM  
Blogger Chance said...

Jenna, I just called West Marine for you. They are down in Latham, NY (about 30 miles away) and they have 12 volt bilge pumps starting at 21.99 that can move 360 gallons an hour, and for about 60 bucks you can get one that will move 500 gallons.

They have plenty in stock as of right now.

They are open till 6 tonight and open at 9 am tomorrow. Get a bilge pump and a 12 volt battery (either from them or charge up a car battery) and you will be good to go for a sump pump. Bilge pumps are very robust.

Talk to Emmett, he is a great guy.

August 26, 2011 at 2:25 PM  
OpenID notherethenwhere said...

Is there anyone local to you who might be able to put up the sheep for a few days? I know it's probably a pain to move them (if you can move them at all, I suppose), but it might be worth it for the peace of mind if there's a friend with a bit of extra space who wouldn't mind helping out.

I hope things get worked out soon - it's a lot to deal with, but I'm rooting for you.

August 26, 2011 at 2:39 PM  
OpenID notherethenwhere said...

Sorry - just saw your response above about moving (my bad - jumped to the bottom). I don't suppose there's anyone you know who might have the means to move sheep and wouldn't mind helping out?

August 26, 2011 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger mdoe37 said...

Yes and invertor (ter?) and extension cord will get the sump pump done. An invertor is pretty cheap.

Not that I did that for myself a couple of weeks ago. Power went off, basement looked okay, got back up a couple hours later, basement flooded.

August 26, 2011 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger katiegirl said...

Ok Jenna, snap out of it. I agree with Kathy P. You're far enough north and west to not get the brunt of it.

Sheep are hardy creatures. They will be fine. Seriously. Stop worrying yourself to death. Don't you have a wooded pasture or at least an area they're somewhat sheltered by trees? They'll go where is best for them, they're smart that way. Seriously. Stop freaking out, man. :-)

Focus on getting things up off the basement floor. If you have a couple cinder blocks and 2X4's you've got supplies to build shelves to put things on. Bring everything upstairs that you can and put the rest up on blocks somehow.

You'll be fine. It's a hurricane and most likely will be a tropical storm before it reaches you. Chill out sista-friend. :-) Heck, they're evacuating the southern part of our county but I'm not panicking. I can only do so much. Once I've done all I can I just have to sit back and watch.

August 26, 2011 at 2:49 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

The winds up your way will not be that strong. Lots of rain, though.

August 26, 2011 at 2:50 PM  
Blogger Karl Micheal said...

jenna...do you have any extra metal t-posts? could you pound them into the ground at the corners of the current shed and along side all of the uprights and then wire the uprights to the t-posts? not sure if that would work but in theory it might at least hold the shed during this storm until your workers can come and build the permanent one. hope you can find some kind of fix that will work. wish more of us were closeby and we could all come out and have a build the sheep shed get together this night!! best of luck!!

August 26, 2011 at 2:55 PM  
Blogger Greentwinsmummy said...

I agree with those who say leave the flock to their own devices.They are a tough breed for sure and have weathered many a storm over the centuries :o)
The straw bale idea is the best option,its a brilliant and simple and do~able option. Otherwise the flock will do what they feel best honest!
We had a bad winter for these parts last year(year before too come to think of it lol!) and I left gates open so the flock could wander between 10 odd acres of pasture with iff they wanted,access to the barn, they only once went into the barn, every morning I would wake to find them all sat in melted snow *beds* on the ground,their body heat heated the earth and they were fine, thats why they have fleeces {grin}

Keep the dogs inside safe,keep you inside safe, what will be will be outside.
GTM x x x x

August 26, 2011 at 3:03 PM  
Blogger kate said...

Jenna,

If you need any help, I am an hour way and don't mind. I picture baling water.

I hesitate to comment on the sheep riding it out outdoors because I know nothing about sheep, but want to say it all sounds reasonable to me. Animals seek cover and will do that in the heavy rain. Are the trees more sturdy than the shelter? If so, sounds like a good choice.

We are very far from any coast. When you've been in your place for a bit longer you will get a sense of that.

August 26, 2011 at 3:25 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Update: 3:30PM
I found a small generator! Karen, over at the Salem Agway, had a 1000watt small generator at the store, they held it for me till I came to pick it up, and then the staff showed me what fuel to buy and how to mix the gas/oil. They were amazing, and now even if the power goes off, I'll have a dry basement. I have 10 gallon of oil in the back of the pickup in addition to a full tank of gas. Also, I got a call from the Daughton and Diane Kennedy: all of them are coming over with scrap lumber and power tools to help shore up the sheep shed and get it secured for the storm. Prayers answered and friends to the rescue! And thank you for all your emails and support! People offered to lend me battery sump pumps, drop off supplies, it is amazing what this internet can do.

I feel ready now! we're going to tough it out!

August 26, 2011 at 3:34 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Sorry about sounding so worked up guys, I get that way when I watch the scary weather.com headlines and have all these friends evacuting from the coast... It just scares me because all these animals are on my shoulders, and I'm alone here without another human, so it can overwhelm me sometimes and it comes out that way in these posts...


but i think you guys are right.

Sheep are smart about not dying in the weather, I am prepared and probably overreacting. I still feel better about the sump backup, lanterns, and shorn up barn though!

August 26, 2011 at 3:38 PM  
Blogger Diane Robinson Majeske said...

Jenna, I'm not a farmer in any way, shape or form ... I'm just a writer. But I love your blog - and I've been worried about you all day!! I can't help with advice, but I can help if you ever need to vent!!

(I'm at diane.majeske@att.net).

August 26, 2011 at 3:59 PM  
Blogger Charlene said...

c'mon girl!

August 26, 2011 at 4:10 PM  
Blogger S. Edwards said...

Jenna -- Really, don't worry so much. You've got hardy breeds and the animals can ride out the wet. Watch the link I posted yesterday --here it is again: http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/show.html

Dr. Jeff Masters gives it to you straight without the hype. Trust yourself. And you have a breed of sheep that has survived as bad or worse for generations. It's gonna be wet and windy, but not hideous were you are. Regardless, this is a marathon, not a sprint. Stuff happens. Trust yourself to take it as it comes.

August 26, 2011 at 4:43 PM  
Blogger Joleen said...

You're doing everything right and smart to be prepared. Thank heavens for good friends to come and help strengthen the barn.

August 26, 2011 at 4:51 PM  
Blogger kate said...

Jenna, the comment by S. Edwards is exactly what was on my mind when I posted earlier -- and that Wunderground site is where I always check the weather. It is science and knowledge, not hype.

Some day, plug your zip code into the search, and then bookmark it, so every time you need the info you can get it straightforward and accurate. With hurricanes, it's especially useful to check the main page and all the links that are there.

August 26, 2011 at 4:53 PM  
Blogger chesapeake said...

Not to pile on, but I agree with everyone above who says that you are more than ready.

I suffer from fairly chronic anxiety. My tip to you is to not read Huffington Post, and to remember that weather.com is reporting for all areas that will be affected by the storm, primarily the low-lying coastal areas that will feel the brunt of the hurricane and not just the tropical storm version of Irene. They also push worst-case scenario because of the idiots who will say "one time in 1902 I survived a category 5, I'm not evacuating my house that overlooks the ocean for a measly XYZ hurricane!" Remember that hurricanes lose significant power the instant they don't have warm water beneath them charging them along.

That said, it's a great idea to have a backup generator on hand, especially in the winter. Good on you for your preparations and perseverance. Now that we live in earthquake territory, it's time for me to start stocking up my own emergency kit. Thanks for the reminder! Best thoughts to you, your horse, your dogs, and your various flocks.

August 26, 2011 at 4:54 PM  
Blogger MB said...

Your sheep are used to the outdoors, they survived the winter and they know what rain and wind is. Take heart girl! Your animals may be better outside of any building than in one. There are wild ponies in the Carolinas that survive hurricanes. Most animals put their butts to the storms and soak in the rain.

August 26, 2011 at 5:08 PM  
Blogger Trekout2 said...

Jenna I can see why so many people are doing so much to help you. It's because you give so much time and effort to us on your blog. We fell like we know you as a friend and friends always help friends out. Our prayers are with you.. And you can never over prepare for a storm like this I have been through storms in the Texas gulf area and up your way and danger is the same. 45 or 90 mph can blow down trees and power lines and heavy rain is a huge problem . Stay away from any down power lines. We are to far away to help you but we can pray for you and your farm.

August 26, 2011 at 5:16 PM  
Blogger Melina said...

Yay. Glad to you found the answers. You worked hard to get to this place. I know why you want to protect it. Good for you.

August 26, 2011 at 5:32 PM  
Blogger JeanineH said...

Watch for sales too, I just dropped $100 on some needed items... can you believe i made 20 lbs of raspberries into jam without the aid of a decent measuring cup? Oh the indignity. Well now I have a new set that was on for $7 down from $20 regular price. I knew it would be on sale at least twice before Christmas so I waited for it. I also bought a solar panel for charging my car battery up, stumbled on a clearance FM transmitter for the iPod (funny enough I remember having one for my walkman and back then the things only cost about $5 every day) which doubles as a charger either in the house or in the car... a good flood-light again chargeable in the car or house, Again on clearance pricing. Bought a back-up kitchen knife on for $7 normally $35 each... don't know what all else I got but I saved more than was spent by buying everything on big clearance, and buying extra of them while they're on sale. Never pay full retail price if you don't have to!

August 26, 2011 at 5:48 PM  
Blogger shessman said...

Hang in there Jenna. You and your animals will be fine. It might ruffle your feathers, but your strong and will get through all this. You have proven how resilient you are.

August 26, 2011 at 6:11 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Glad all the stuff worked out for you on the shed etc.
Preparation is great and you will be a master at it for winter this year!

August 26, 2011 at 6:19 PM  
OpenID ourlittlenestupnorth said...

YAY!! Glad things are looking up a little. Stay safe- all of you!!

August 26, 2011 at 6:30 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

Jenna, my sheep can be standing right beside the shelter when it's pouring rain with high winds and they will not go inside. It worries me to death but they know what they like. My cows are the same way. Now my goats are a totally different story. A raindrop hits them and they freak out. So I tend to agree with all the others on letting the sheep fend for themselves. They are hardy animals and will be wet but fine. And hopefully it will have died way down by the time it reaches you way up there.

August 26, 2011 at 6:55 PM  
Blogger beccaWA said...

Sounds like you are very prepared! Better safe than sorry. I love the suggestions from everyone else, too. There's some great advice.

One thing I did not see mentioned that I LOVE just for general working outside, camping and getting wood from the shed after dark, etc. is one of those Coleman lanterns that's battery powered. Looks just like the gas/mantel models, but runs on 6 D batteries in the base with a florescent or LED light -- very bright & useable indoors.

You can hang it just about anywhere. I love those things.

Hunker down & stay safe! You will be just fine.

http://search.coleman.com/cgi-bin/MsmGo.exe?grab_id=0&page_id=4968&query=lantern&hiword=LANTER%20LANTERNE%20LANTERNES%20LANTERNS%20LANTERS%20lantern%20

August 26, 2011 at 8:04 PM  
Blogger Tami SouthStreetShabby.blogspot.com said...

Jenna...better safe than sorry! You are right to be concerned...only you know what your property and animals can withstand. As far as the trees for shelter...well...the trees can only stand so much wind and if the ground already has a lot of water in it...they may not all stand.
Do what you think is right..you can't walk around with your fingers stuck in your ears and not listen to the experts and then wonder what happened...

August 26, 2011 at 8:23 PM  
Blogger Jude said...

The Daughtons and Diane Kennedy ROCK.

August 26, 2011 at 8:28 PM  
Blogger Kathy P. said...

Glad you got the generator to put your mind at ease and will be getting some help to shore up the sheep shed.

I agree with Kate and Chesapeake - always check your *local* weather by your zip on the various weather sites. I just checked out Wunderground - I hadn't used it before but it looks really good. I also have Weather.com's (the Weather Channel) desktop weather widget on my computer. It flashes with thunder sound effects whenever there's a watch or warning posted for my zip code.

As for the sheep, it will be interesting to see what they do during the storm. It wouldn't surprise me if they don't bother to go in the shed. Scotland isn't exactly known for its balmy weather, so they may love the storm.

August 26, 2011 at 8:37 PM  
Blogger daisy said...

Praying for you all up there tonight. You'll be okay. Trust me, I've been there...

August 26, 2011 at 8:38 PM  
Blogger doglady said...

"Out of the question and too heavy to carry into the farmhouse", you said. You do not want the generator in your house. Every storm someone dies of carbon monoxide poisoning because of having the generator in the house or too close to a door or window.
The sheep are genetically programmed for bad weather survival. They'll be fine except for their fence not being charged.

August 26, 2011 at 8:43 PM  
Blogger Patti~~~ said...

Sending love and big "it's going to be okay" hugs your way as you hunker down and ride it out!!

August 26, 2011 at 8:46 PM  
Blogger Melanie J. said...

Been thinking about you today, girl...glad to see you have a support system up there. Feels very weird, usually we're the ones worrying about the hurricanes down here in Fla. Sending prayers for mild weather.

August 26, 2011 at 9:15 PM  
Blogger Indio said...

You're very lucky to have friends that you can count on to help you out. I understand how difficult it can be when you are faced with challenges and have only yourself to rely upon. It's hard to always know what the best decision is when it's the first time you are encountering a problem. You're as set as anyone can be under the circumstances. During storms, I always keep an eye on which way the water is streaming and plan on building swales to route the water where I want it to go. I prefer swales to ditches because it's very easy to trip or lose your footing in a ditch and break something. Whereas a swale just causes your footstep to feel awkward without knocking you over. It's also easier to cut the grass on a swale rather than have it disguise a ditch when it gets too high.

August 26, 2011 at 9:16 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

dog lady! I learned that much thanks to the sticker that says "Do not use this generator inside or you will be dead in under 11 minutes..." something like that.

August 26, 2011 at 9:22 PM  
Blogger onesilentwinter said...

jenna, if you are willing to go to bennington i might be able to shelter them i have a barngarage attached to the house, i used it for horses but i am going to leave mine out. i a, not sure how many you have

August 26, 2011 at 9:28 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Jenna,
I'm thinking about you and am sure you will be ok! I know what its like to be alone and have all the responsibility on your shoulders, most of the time its fine but times like these...suck. You are doing an amazing job and I am very proud of you!
Your a survivor and I'm thinking your next book can be about preparedness! Every days a lesson!
Keep us informed.
Michelle

August 26, 2011 at 9:46 PM  
Blogger Kimberlie Ott said...

I am thinking of you and sending prayers up your way! Your doing a great job preparing, and it is ok to have favorites............bring sal into the bathroom , it's not Romania, but he is soooo incredible, and Maude, oh I love that face! :) good luck!

August 26, 2011 at 9:53 PM  
Blogger Kimberlie Ott said...

I am joking re bringint them in the bathroom, I agree with the idea that sheep are made to be hearty :) again, your in our thoughts!

August 26, 2011 at 9:56 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Hey - hope you are going to be okay. We just had a very scary tornado here in Goderich last weekend - missed our house by 75 feet. The town is devastated and our neighbourhood is destroyed. However, the community has been amazing and it's a great feeling to be surrounded by awesome people - friends, neighbours or strangers. Whatever comes, you will have the same to support you - whether its to laugh over a beer or haul wood away or both!

August 26, 2011 at 10:10 PM  
Blogger HillbillyHannah said...

I was thinking about you with this storm approaching, and for what it's worth, I think you are being wise with your preparations. You just never know. You're not a perpetual drama queen, so if you're a little frazzled rigtht now, that's okay. You love your animals and your farm and you're just trying to protect them. Sending prayers of safety and comfort your way!

August 26, 2011 at 10:22 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

I have complete faith that you weather the storm just fine. You did all the right things to prepare, now just ride the wave. You made it through the winter, you will be just fine through Irene. Keep us posted!

August 26, 2011 at 10:39 PM  
Blogger sheila said...

Rain and wind for sheep is just a really good day. They would rather be in cool rain than deal with hot humid weather. Your best purchase was the generator. You will be set this winter if we get an ice storm and the power is out for several days.

August 26, 2011 at 11:03 PM  
Blogger treehuggers kitchen said...

Wow! Amazing friends! It gives me a warm fuzzy feeling to know there are people out there like that!

August 27, 2011 at 8:17 AM  
Blogger steak and eggs said...

Jenna I don't want to scare you, but when some people say your over reacting their wrong. Hurricane's should be taken very serious, and you seem to know that. Our prayers are with you and all the people on the east coast. Hopefully it won't be as bad as they think.

August 27, 2011 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger Bovey Belle said...

Brilliant news that your friends have come to the rescue. Great news about the generator - money well spent. Batten down the hatches - I'm hoping and praying it will have calmed a little by the time it reaches you.

August 27, 2011 at 3:21 PM  
Blogger Jennifer Montero said...

Re sheep. If it makes you feel any better, there are 50 mile per hour winds hitting NW Scotland as I write and thousands of Scottish Blackface sheep living on the exposed hillsides. They simply turn their butts to the wind and grow a thicker coat.

If only it were that easy for all of us!

August 28, 2011 at 3:26 AM  
Blogger Sophie said...

I really hope that all is well with you and your farm through this - sometimes hype is a good thing, even if it falls flat on its face, because "what if" can actually happen (says someone who moved to Chch NZ thinking that the big quake last Sept couldn't possibly happen again.. two major quakes later, hah!).

Anyway, if you're huddled at home, have internet still and a half-hour spare, here is a link to this week's Country Calendar. It's a farming show that's on at 7pm every Saturday night on TV1 here, a sure sign that NZ takes farming seriously. This week's ep is about girls working on farms :)

http://tvnz.co.nz/country-calendar/video

I'll bet the online version still has ads though - doh!

August 28, 2011 at 5:52 AM  

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