Today, despite our best efforts, the hot water pipes are frozen. It's 3°F with a wind chill of -20°F right now.
Yesterday was a challenge to say the least - frozen chicken water, a 2 foot drift inside the animal barn, drifts all over the drive, freezing kitchen and front room, etc. "Big Boy" (Orion, the buck) got another bale of straw to keep him warm. We need to somehow insulate his house for next winter.
The wind blew all day and night, and we thought it would never stop. The amount of snow isn't the problem here, it's the wind combined with snow, and the drifting. This morning, the snow and wind both have stopped (but more snow is due to arrive in a few days).
Hubby sent this photo to me, saying "I might be late." He ran into 4 jack-knifed semi's, and one highway he typically takes home, was closed (due to another accident).
As for our supply of wood, we are doing well, but we are running low on toiletries. I had been keeping them all stocked up, but had not been able to get to the store prior to Christmas. I'm running low on water, and we still have not gotten more heat bulbs for my chickens. Hubby spent the night plowing (after a full day of work) out a small section of the drive, telling me the drift was about 6 feet high.
It appears that tomorrow is the only day for us to re-stock again, before more snow and cold weather arrive. Thank goodness, as we are down to our last 4 rolls of toilet paper (typically I have over 24 or more in storage). Last night's news forecasted -16°F for next Monday night.
We discovered that Alias hates the snow, while Sadie and Jesse love it. While he's cowering to stay out of it, Sadie is jumping and diving and romping in it. Jesse just likes to eat it. Ha ha!
As for today, while we wait for Hubby to come home and plow again. Since it's so cold, it might be a good day to clean out the fridge.
Here is a quick peek at the baby blanket I am crocheting. They know they are having a boy, so hence the blue.
Today I am thankful for:
~ electricity, so I can walk on the treadmill, use the computer, make coffee, cook, and listen to music
~ yarn on hand to crochet with
~ a relaxed day
~ the insulation the snow drifts are giving "Big Boy" and parts of the house
~ eggs, despite frigid temperature, my ladies are still laying strong.
~ God's Protection
~ stocked up tea
~ that the Christmas cookies are all gone now
~ the sunshine today