Tuesday, February 12, 2008

still winter

For those of us trying to escape the long winter....we didn't.

If I see another of these storms coming....I may get in the car and drive south.

Actually I had about 10 minutes warning. Then we had to jump in the truck and drive to the feed store. Why do all winter storms come just after shepherds have run out of feed and hay?

So, we drove the five miles to the feed store in driving sleet, actually it took 15 minutes to get the ice off the windows....but on our county road there were no other cars anyway. We waited our turn with the other 15 people who were also out of feed, and loaded up....driving about 30 miles an hour on the way home. What fun unloading all the hay and feed in the sleet and rain....whee!!!! That stuff hurts.
Whatever makes me think this is a good thing to do? This is dumb, dumb, dumb. The really fortunate thing is that the electricity has come back on. Thank you for TV, Computers, Microwaves, and Water. hurray! Water!!!!
My brain must not work at all any more. We finished feeding the sheep, and came back in....but didn't run extra water. Dumb, dumb, dumb! We had rain, hail, sleet, snow the size of snowballs and then rain. Rain is bad in the freezing temperatures.

How bad is it?

Well, in order to walk down hill to the barn this morning....we had to pound holes for our feet to fit into in the layer under the ice. One-half inch of ice does not give under your feet. So we took turns prying ice off the three inches of sleet on the ground. We spent hours, it seemed, walking our inside dog over the ice.

How bad is it?

The inside dog won't go outside. I found she had done her thing outside the kitty-litter box. Unfortunately, I didn't see her pile when I cleaned the kitty-litter box. Oh well, my shoe will clean up eventually.
When you are sitting around in the dark trying to keep the wood fire burning....you come up with all kinds of thoughts. We put the ice chunks from our holes in the ice....into a pan on top of the wood stove. Then we had water for the inside dog and the cats.
We wondered why we don't keep chicken grit anymore for throwing on the ice?
The bird food, I threw out the door, slid across the ice like a puck in a hockey game.
We wondered if anyone will come down our road to scrape the ice off?
Believe me, it won't be melting any time soon.
We wondered why we didn't have a cupboard full of food for such emergencies?
I took the opportunity, of the electricity working, to bake bread and cook some oatmeal.
Dumb try to make oatmeal on top of the wood stove just evaporated the milk.
As I was picking myself up from the ground, I wondered how long I could take chances with the physical work of raising sheep before I get hurt.
This ice storm may convince me, I need to slow down.
I'm trying to stay calm. Electricity helps....it helps a lot.

How many days will we be iced-in?
I don't know.
How bad is it out there?


At 4:45 PM, Blogger Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

It was nice to see pictures, but I don't envy your ice storm. I'm with you; water and electricity make everything more bearable. I didn't used to think of Missouri as being prone to much winter weather, but after the last year or so of reading blogs of Missouri Shetland shepherds, I've changed my mind!

At 7:22 PM, Blogger Pat's Place said...

Sometimes I wonder if our subconscious mind gets too busy doing something unusual, as in re-identifying the self as "retired" or "mother" or "spouse," and simply forgets all the normal things it usually regulates!

You certainly didn't have enough time to plan for such a storm so you set about doing crisis management, which, if I recall, you are quite good at doing... Alas, there was more than one crisis at hand, so you took care of the most obvious one first and the rest were left to fall by the wayside as time ran out.

Sounds good, anyhow!

While ice is a thing of great beauty, it's only nice when it really doesn't impact our lives negatively. So many things are like that in life...

At 9:48 AM, Blogger Highland Hollow said...

Wow, Mary Ellen you had best be careful. That ice looks dangerous!! Glad you have heat. I hope you do start slowing down. (although, you have always been a busy one) Stay warm! You do have a stash of Twislers and diet coke don't you?

At 7:44 AM, Blogger Nancy K. said...

I'm with you on the Diet Coke, Mary Ellen! Although, I also need my "Jack's, Naturally Rising Crust" Pizza.

The photo of the bench with the ice is one of my all-time winter favorites. Awesome.

I hope your weather warms up soon. It really CAN'T be long until Srping starts trying to make an appearance...

At 7:45 AM, Blogger Nancy K. said...

Home-made bread during an ice storm? I want to come stay with YOU!!



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