At this time of the the year, we experience very deep cold nights. As the temps drop and the wind picks up all of our livestock find a place out of the wind and cold. We go out to do evening chores making sure all have enough to eat is of prime importance. To that end we go around and check on all the ducks and chickens. As we find them, in outer nest boxes or under the coops, we dole out feed to each of them so they do not have to venture out into the cold to get something to eat. They hungerly eat up the food and settle in for the long cold night with a full belly of good food.
Today is Saturday, normally I go out the the workshop to continue on some of the building projects. But since the weather is so bad today I just wanted to go and check on the battery in the tractor. It is hooked up to a solar cell. Michelle, my loving wife, suggested that we cut though the pasture to get there since the other gate is hard to open. I was not so sure, but went anyway. I asked her if this was a good idea... A few seconds later she was down on the ground trying not to continue sliding down the hill. I came over and tried to help. I gave her a shove to see if she could go for a sleigh ride without the sleigh! Ain't love grand!
Here in the mountains, we are considered to be in the "snow belt" . When most of you get a snow storm, it snows then it stops. Well around here and especially here on on the ridge. We have a small problem, our stop button is broken.
Let me explain, until the Great Lakes freeze over enough we get lake effect snow.
First, we get the snow storm then if the wind is just right it comes. Snow of varying intensities descending on us. Band after band of snow, this can last for days until the winds die down and change direction. So if you know anyone who is able to fix our stop button please have them give us a call!