Wow, we really got snow.

It snowed all afternoon and evening without stop. Started at one, and when I lost the light at 6:30 it was still snowing just as hard. Can’t say for sure how much because we lost a lot to slumping but digging out the woodshed bridge this morning I’d guess in the neighborhood of five inches, maybe more. That’s not new for March – it’s not new for April – but it’s not very common. Probably the biggest single snowfall we had all winter, and for a wonder it came straight down. Normally it blows in sideways and I wonder why I bothered to roof the porch.

First light this morning…


Yeah, we got a lot of wet stuff and then it cleared in the middle of the night and got cold. All that wet snow froze and the ground had this nice Michigan crunchy crust. Takes effort to slog through but at least there’s good traction. Temperature bottomed out at 23o, not quite January weather but pretty nippy for March.

I took a bunch of pictures during the morning walkie but since I was wearing snowmobile gloves and was not wearing my reading glasses most of them just show a fuzzy close-up of my thumb. But – since we recently had a portrait of Tobie’s resting bitch face – here’s Uncle Joel’s.


Comes in handy sometimes, dealing with tourists.

And here we’re homeward bound, walkin’ in a winter wonderland.

Here’s something funny: Yesterday the yard spigot started leaking really bad – to the point where the bailing bucket overfilled overnight. I’m not ready to empty the tank at the top of the hill and replace the cracked spigot so I cut another piece of Flex-tape, put it inside my shirt till it was nice and flexible, then took off the old tape – the crack had opened to the point where water actually squirted out the side of the spigot, I’ve never seen that before – then slapped on the new patch and overwrapped it with long thin slices of Gorilla Tape. Which didn’t fix the leak, but it did slow it back down.


By the time we got home from morning walkie the Lair was nice and toasty but before I took off all the layers I brought the generator out of the bathroom shower tub…


…because we got exactly zero sun yesterday and right now the snow is frozen to the solar panels. Also it’s supposed to cloud up and “rain” more this afternoon. So I’ll try to clear the panels later after the sun’s had a chance to soften the coating but I’m not counting on a lot of help from the solar power system today and the batteries were pretty damned low when I got up this morning.

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6 Responses to Wow, we really got snow.

  1. ka9vsz says:

    It’s almost like you’re try to dissuade us from going off-grid. Nice portrait.

  2. FeralFae says:

    I hope you can build a cozy fire and stay inside today, other than the required “walks” with your buddy. Oh, the portrait photo — you look mean enough to scare off any tourists. But we who know you realize it’s not the “real you” behind that scowl. Good that you are prepared for any shifts in the weather. Off to build up the morning fire here…

  3. Mike says:

    It looks like Murphy read your March 10, 2024 post.

    https://joelsgulch.com/equinox/

  4. Paul B says:

    Wow. We are having rain here. I half expected snow but we are getting liquid snow so that is good.

  5. Anonymous says:

    5 inches!! not bad for the Arizona desert. If only we were so lucky, we had over 8″ by 7am this morning with another 5-10″ by the time this storm is done with us and off to be someone else’s problem in Kansas or Nebraska.

    Eric.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Stay warm and dry. Looks like it’s going to be a good read by the wood stove day or two. By the way, dye that beard green and you’re ready to make money in December Mr. Grinch. 😉

To the stake with the heretic!