Monday, October 29, 2012

Thermos The Storm Pig

Sandy is coming up our way by this afternoon. The Storm Pig is ready. Thermos and Lunchbox, Bonita, Francis, and Monday have the best rain, wind, and general protection on the farm. They share the barn and should remain safe as houses while the wet wind blows. The sheep have a four-sided shelter, the horses have a sturdy roof built into the side of a mountain. And I have three dogs, a kitten, and a house that has made it through 150+ years of weather. Everyone will be okay, I am confident of that. What we have in store is just 20-35 MPH winds and a lot of rain. My sump pump is ready to go and so is my sump pump backup generator. There is plenty of food for me and the animals, two woodstoves, water, flsh lights, oil lamps, books and candles. I even have a bottle of port. It's not Washington County that's under the big threat like the Mid-Atlantic coast but I am still expecting a few days without power. How are the rest of you coasters doing out there?

17 Comments:

Blogger Brenda London said...

you're right, we should do fine. We get more winds that that with nor'easters. The one time we lost the roof of our small barn barn and the entire 3 sided run in (ala Wizard of Oz style)was when winds reached close to 100 mph in gusts. The insurance adjuster was very busy up here in Washington Cnty. And when the wind took the horses' run,picked it up and flipped it over, in they just grazed out in the storm, unfazed. I am worried about my family in NYC, CT, and RI, and farms closer to the shore, they will get slammed.

October 29, 2012 at 10:08 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

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October 29, 2012 at 10:18 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

The giant old trees surrounding our outbuildings here on the Jersey Shore are giving more anxiety than the flooding. We're on the river, quite a distance from the Atlantic.

The animals are all cozy and stocked with provisions to last them 24 hours, but those trees....

I baked a few loaves of bread, made cheese and yogurt from most of the milk in the fridge, we've got water bottles filled, candles, lanterns, batteries, flashlights and a tub full of water.

Good luck to you up there!

October 29, 2012 at 10:18 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

The giant old trees surrounding our outbuildings here on the Jersey Shore are giving more anxiety than the flooding. We're on the river, quite a distance from the Atlantic.

The animals are all cozy and stocked with provisions to last them 24 hours, but those trees....

I baked a few loaves of bread, made cheese and yogurt from most of the milk in the fridge, we've got water bottles filled, candles, lanterns, batteries, flashlights and a tub full of water.

Good luck to you up there!

October 29, 2012 at 10:18 AM  
Blogger PansWife said...

Yup, as long as our big trees stay up we will be fine. We've been without electric for days in the past and just run the generator to keep the freezer going. I've cooked up batches of scones, cheese biscuits, pasta salad and cole slaw (oil and vinegar not mayo for long shelf life), plus we have plenty of things like peanut butter, dried fruits, dried meats and a hand pump well for water. I can still cook in our clay oven or on the wood stove if I get ambitious. We are on high ground, so I don't expect much in the way of flooding. Wishing everyone a safe storm. (I have to admit that future bacon is pretty darn cute.)

October 29, 2012 at 10:24 AM  
Blogger farmwifetwo said...

Not on the coast but sitting under the cold front waiting for the 100km/hr winds to start tonight. It's been raining since Fri - about 1.25" so far (and we had another 1.5" in the week or so before) - so it's soggy and the wind and flooding warnings are out. Strange since water levels are still so low but.... it does take time for the water to soak in and if it downpours... it'll flood. Not worried, we're 12ft off the field behind us but with all the trees around I am anticipating power outages. We have one spot where Hydro never returned 18mths ago from another 100km wind storm and repaired the pole and it's leaning more and more each day...

We're good. Fireplace, gas stove (no hydro at all too it so my oven works too in a power outage), candles, batteries.

What we get, we get. I'd rather be ready for the worst and simply get a sprinkle than not be prepared and have a problem to deal with.

October 29, 2012 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger daisy said...

For once, it's NOT we in Florida who are threatened. Keeping a good thought for you, the critters and all effected by the storm. God's speed...

October 29, 2012 at 10:44 AM  
Blogger Cape Cod Kitty said...

Hi Jenna,
The wind is really kicking up here in Chatham on Cape Cod right now. We have high tide in an hour or so but the worst will be tonight. Some big brnches down but power is holding so far. Went to the beach anhour ago and it was WILD. So good it is warm.
Now home safely to wait it out by sewing and reading and catching up. Nice to have a day off from work.
Wishing safety for everyone.

October 29, 2012 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger Rich With Life said...

Not too bad here in MD as of yet. The worst to hit this afternoon. I tied the chicken coop to a tree and angled the house away from the wind to give them a little more protection. The horses have plenty of shelter, and everyone else is inside with me! My house was built by my great-grandparents over 60 years ago and it's made it through everything nature has thrown at it so far! Making a batch of deviled eggs and some bread, and studying for class. Waiting for the power to go out! Stay warm and safe Jenna.

October 29, 2012 at 11:56 AM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

It's been raining very hard in D.C. Over on our ocean coastline the waves are high (especially during high tide this a.m. compounded with a full moon tide.) Normally when I am on Cape Cod on the shore line, the road would be washed out by now. In 2007 I had to evacuate for something like this. My biggest concern, living on a city plot with virgin oak trees is that one of the monsters come down--and in the last big storm last year one did in my neighbor's yard. We've already been told to except several days of power outage. We had plenty of warning, and they have brought power crews in from out of state to help us along further in the week. Other than a leak in my bathroom window sill, from a very old slate roof...all is well...so far....and this may be the last you here back from me if I "do" lose power. ;)

October 29, 2012 at 12:16 PM  
OpenID kindsofhoney said...

Sounds cozy and well-prepared. Now that you're tucked in, enjoy it! These are the things that make life appropriately wild.

(Easy for me to say all safe in Wisconsin, I know. But a part of me wishes I could be there to see the weather show itself off. We haven't had a decent storm in ages.)

October 29, 2012 at 1:58 PM  
Blogger A Stack of Snapshots said...

Dark and getting windy in Boston but not too much rain thus far. Just moved into a new place a few months ago so anxious to see how it fares in the storm.

So far the most annoying thing is that we were told to report to work and then 2 hours after we arrived we were told we had to leave by 12:30 (probably because public transportation is shutting down at 2:00). Why bother to drag us in at all?

October 29, 2012 at 2:00 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

Rain and wind and sadness for the missing crew of the Bounty.

October 29, 2012 at 2:09 PM  
Blogger Kristy said...

I live in the lower thumb of Michigan and the winds are supposed to get up to 60mph tonight for the thumb area off of Lake Huron. The winds are howling and the temps right now are upper 30's with light rain all day. (It sounds odd to say light rains with high winds!) The animals are all under shelter and not really interested in going out on the wind anyways!

October 29, 2012 at 4:25 PM  
Blogger Kristy said...

I live in the lower thumb of Michigan and the winds are supposed to get up to 60mph tonight for the thumb area off of Lake Huron. The winds are howling and the temps right now are upper 30's with light rain all day. (It sounds odd to say light rains with high winds!) The animals are all under shelter and not really interested in going out on the wind anyways!

October 29, 2012 at 4:25 PM  
Blogger Ellen Rathbone said...

Love the photo!!!

October 30, 2012 at 1:33 PM  
Blogger John Alex said...

this is very good blog.
Thermos

February 21, 2013 at 2:32 AM  

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