Got some more snow overnight…


Cold enough this time that it’s all loose powder, easy to clean up. No hurry with the solar panels since we’re completely socked in here. I’ll clean them off and it’ll help a little, but not a lot.


I measured 2.5 inches on the porch floor, which isn’t very scientific and means at least seven inches in the past three days. That’s a lot for here. The mud is going to be epic, but I’m not going to worry about that now. The only thing besides chicken chores I have on my plate is a nooner over at D&L’s to feed and clean up after their horses while they’re in the big town about 50 miles away for a doctor appointment – assuming it doesn’t get cancelled on account of weather. The road to that town can get scary.

Also, it almost goes without saying that Landlady’s usual visit is off. The weather is supposed to go nowhere but worse from here and not lighten up until something like Wednesday. I’m almost glad the water tank is empty because that takes busted pipe worries off the plate.

Meanwhile…


I’m planning to comfortably ride this one out, as opposed to the tradition of shivering in my heavy coat for half a week. I like this brave new world of walls that decently hold heat and woodsheds with a winter’s worth of wood all neatly stacked. Got so warm in the main room I had to shuck my hoodie. Shirtsleeve temps in a mid-winter storm! The distant dream is reality!

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10 Responses to Got some more snow overnight…

  1. Mark Matis says:

    Now better be careful there! If you keep that up, your power system might not be able to support a fridge in the dead of winter.

  2. Ben says:

    Put a bucket atop your stove and stubbornly keep filling it with snow. Dump the resulting water into your toilet tank. You won’t need your plan b toilet chair.

  3. Mike says:

    It’s ironic, there you are with snowy weather in the desert while it’s 45 degrees here in the “great white north” and last night’s bout of freezing rain is melting away.

  4. travellingmanblog says:

    Yeah, liquid snow in late December, in Michigan, who woulda thunk it.

  5. czechsix says:

    Heh, 26 degrees at your location, 25 degrees here in Alaska. Go figure.

  6. Paul Joat says:

    We had slush falling from the sky for most of yesterday in Minnesota.

  7. travellingmanblog says:

    As to the water supply, do the normal checks with a voltmeter on power to pump and pipe between pump and tank is not plugged with ice etc, etc.

  8. Judy says:

    And here in balmy Phoenix we have Freeze Warnings. The mukluks, extreme weather coats, ski pants and snowmobile gloves will be at in full force.

  9. M says:

    Curious how industrial rubber runner mats 3′ wide would work to create a “non-slip” path?

  10. Zelda says:

    Mark, too funny. M, I have the carpet/rubber mats from Consolidated on one of my ramps that ices up and they really are non-slip top and bottom. They can be stapled or glued in place or laid over ice or mud. But the Consolidated brand mats although top quality are very spendy.

To the stake with the heretic!