Monday, January 31, 2011

another one

A storm is coming. A big storm. The weather reports for the 12816 are calling for 15-30 inches of snow in the next 48 hours. In preparation I am making sure all the animals and I are ready this time. It's the second half of winter and I now have a plowman on call, a ride to work when the truck can't hack it, hay for the sheep under the side porch, wood stacked inside, water ready in the trough the night before, and am even setting up snow shovels by the front door. I have a roof rake. I have good boots. I have three warm dogs and an electric blanket. I am stacked inside with books, hot chocolate, coffee, tea, and a full larder. Pray the ice stays away, and the snow is only a foot or so so the buildings stay upright and the sheep aren't in need of a rescue dig out.

I have a feeling there won't be a lot of folks making it to the office Wednesday. If it's a white out even my ride in his giant Suburban won't want to fuss when he could work from home. Wish us all luck up here in Washington County.


Blogger Sherry Sutherby said...

Toss an extra bale of hay by that hole in the barn. You don't need something coming in and scaring your chickens out in the storm again. Nor the draft... You sound all set!

January 31, 2011 at 10:35 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

Good Luck! and you need a work-from-home option as well.

January 31, 2011 at 10:39 PM  
Blogger Mim said...

You've gotten quite an education this winter haven't you?
Praying the farm stays upright and you don't turn into a "Jennascicle".

January 31, 2011 at 10:40 PM  
Blogger Kyler and Sylvia said...

Good luck Jenna!

January 31, 2011 at 10:43 PM  
Blogger Miriam said...

I think it's a law that the better prepared you are, the less likely the forecast will be accurate... So here's hoping the storm doesn't materialize! Stay warm, Jenna!

January 31, 2011 at 10:45 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Even better then that your neighbor pulled all that snow off your roof! Another foot up there would have be a little hairy.

Good luck!

January 31, 2011 at 10:49 PM  
Blogger Helena said...

Wow, y'all just don't get a break with your weather up there. Wishing you luck and a not-as-bad-as-predicted weather week!

January 31, 2011 at 10:54 PM  
Blogger Kitchen Mama said...

Good luck Jenna. I look forward to hearing what happens.

January 31, 2011 at 10:55 PM  
Blogger Dayle said...

We're having the same thing in the Chicago area! Gonna hunker down and wait it out!

January 31, 2011 at 10:56 PM  
Blogger unpackingtreasure said...

Oh, you make it sound so cozy.Sorta like Laura Ingals in The Long Winter...she always found little joy pockets among the hardship, and could make a little bitty potato with a smidge of salt sound mouth-watering.When I read your blog,it just makes me want to come have hot chocolate by your wood stove!

January 31, 2011 at 10:57 PM  
Blogger FurryGodmother said...

Jenna- if you have any sensitive animals you might consider bringing them in the house if it is going to be really cold. Bunnies and chickens could be put in dog crates if you have any and/or dog ex pens with litter pans for the buns. You could set up one section in the house to bed them down and keep everyone toasty.

January 31, 2011 at 10:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stay safe... and warm! Saying prayers for everyone who is in the path of this weather!

January 31, 2011 at 11:01 PM  
Blogger Joleen said...

Look at you all prepared!!! Good Luck with the storm. Stay warm!

January 31, 2011 at 11:34 PM  
Blogger Carol G said...

Sheesh, Jenna! I think you need to move up here to Alaska so you will have nicer weather!!! I havne't got a thing to complain about compared to the winter you've been having!

January 31, 2011 at 11:44 PM  
Blogger Jenny Glen said...

Yea! Now you are getting it! Keep an obsessive eye on the weather and be ready before it comes instead of reacting after it is already there. I learned it the hard way when I moved from California to an Albertan farm a few years ago. Looks like you learned it the hard way too but the important thing is we both learned.

February 1, 2011 at 12:09 AM  
Blogger SouthernHeart said...

My younger son and his wife in Chicago are anticipating a huge storm this week as well. Stay safe, warm and dry!


February 1, 2011 at 12:16 AM  
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February 1, 2011 at 1:02 AM  
Blogger Ted_De said...

Stay Warm and Good Luck! In a twisted way I do miss those NY Winters...

February 1, 2011 at 1:03 AM  
Blogger Charlotte Scott said...

And down this end of the world we've just had a tropical cyclone and the neighbours (Aussie) are preparing for another (HUGE) one. Best of luck with it all.

February 1, 2011 at 2:42 AM  
Blogger Lauren said...

It is pretty snowy outside my window. You sound ready though.

March is just around the corner right? In like a lion out like a lamb...

February 1, 2011 at 3:06 AM  
Blogger Chance said...

You sound very well prepped! Stoke up the fire and settle in, the storm will be what it will be. Just reading your list of preparations, I got a zing of vicarious satisfaction. Job well done Jenna!

February 1, 2011 at 5:15 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Good luck Jenna, but seems you have learned some lessons and this time will be smoother than before. Hopefully the accumulation will be less than predicted. Take care.

February 1, 2011 at 5:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like you are not only physically prepared, but also mentally! Stay warm and safe!

February 1, 2011 at 5:45 AM  
Blogger Bluebelle Quilts said...

Good luck. This storm looks to be a doozie. My husband and his team were scrambling until 1 a.m. trying reroute all of the logistics/transportation for loads in the path of the storm.

February 1, 2011 at 6:06 AM  
Blogger farmgirljen said...

Make sure all the chickens are in (don't give them an option). We are getting hit in Iowa today also. We've been pretty lucky so far, but the revised weather service forecast is calling for up to 18" here. It's been over 10 years since we've seen that much in one swing. Expecting a snow day from school tomorrow. Books and coffee and warm cats at the ready.

February 1, 2011 at 6:10 AM  
Blogger daisy g said...

Prayers are with you, Jenna. You'll make it through just fine.

February 1, 2011 at 6:18 AM  
Blogger doglady said...

At the very least, winter has been an adventure in the northeast. We, in coastal Maine, have 28 inches on the ground. It is keeping my garlic and rhubarb cozy. There is always a positive in these situations.
Considering there is no possibility for Puxatawney Phil to see his shadow any day this week, winter will be around until at mid to late March. At the very least, it will make us really appreciate bare ground again.

February 1, 2011 at 7:28 AM  
Blogger Tana Mc said...

Enjoying your blog very much! I am a farm wife in Kansas and thought you might enjoy my blog. Sometimes it is nice to know that there are other like minded people out there battling the elements, too.
Dorema Farm Tales on blogspot.

February 1, 2011 at 7:37 AM  
Blogger Tobi said...

You sound prepared! We did our own version of prep here last night: roof shoveled, driveway salted, fire laid in the fireplace, aluminum foil ready to fireplace-cook potatos if we lose power, cell phones charged...the upside to all of this is that once we're all dug out again, the weekend skiing will be fantastic!

Stay safe,

February 1, 2011 at 7:46 AM  
Blogger Tracy P said...

Bracing for it in Michigan too! Good luck to you! At least us wood burners know we'll stay warm if the power goes out :)

February 1, 2011 at 8:43 AM  
Blogger Meredith A said...

sounds like a winter wonderland!

not sure what the status on your plumbing is or the possibility of power outages in your area, but it never hurts to fill up the bathtub with water. you'll always have access to indoor plumbing that way!

full bathtub with a bucket to dump water back in after you flush is a lifesaver in the winter...brrrr.

I know you've mentioned several times you don't have the option to work from home, but perhaps the employees can get together and figure out money lost/deadlines missed or pushed back on the days you haven't been able to come in because of the weather (not personal/life/car/kids etc...but strictly weather related). i imagine that would be a possible angle...numbers and money talk!

February 1, 2011 at 9:32 AM  
Blogger Viviane said...

Good luck Jenna! Stay warm!

February 1, 2011 at 9:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That storm's hitting us this afternoon and it doesn't sound pretty. But you know, this whole winter sounds like a chapter for your next book. I know I'll be snuggled up tonight with your new chicken book - within a couple of years I'll have chickens! Hubby wants to wait until 2012, the kids and I are working on him for this year.

February 1, 2011 at 9:36 AM  
Blogger Charles said...

We are just at the Southern edge of the storm here in central Arkansas. However, as I type I hear the thunder.

Later the dogs and I are going out in the rain just for a ride.

February 1, 2011 at 9:41 AM  
Blogger South Brunswick Public Library Blog said...

Good Luck Jenna!

February 1, 2011 at 11:47 AM  
Blogger Heidi said...

ha, you learn the way i do. good girl for being so prepared.

February 1, 2011 at 11:54 AM  
Blogger chickenmom said...

good luck!

February 1, 2011 at 4:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, in this case it looks like we in northern NE and NY are gonna get slammed. My own personal roof rake guy just left. Stay warm and dry, Jenna!

February 1, 2011 at 4:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More inside time = opportunity to roast some pork.

February 1, 2011 at 6:14 PM  

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