Thanks For Playing Along

Just heard from a fellow Colorado Homesteader that more than 200k people have lost power.

As the sun wanes here is a picture of the back door and a video out the front.  No issues here.  All is normal.

 

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Living Up To The Hype

So the much ado wasn’t about nothing.  The sustained winds are up around 40 mph.  Fortunately, the gusts really haven’t happened.  It is just a combination of strong winds and LOTS of snow.  That translates into drifts.  Zina just made an attempt to go out to the barn to check on the critters (that you cannot see from the house right now).  The pioneer woman couldn’t get there and got turned back.  Of course the dogs think its a hoot.  So far we have 4 to 6 foot drifts and can only get out of the house via the basement door.  We are told to expect another 7 inches by midnight.  Oh boy!

I can understand completely, how, in generations past,  it was possible to get lost just going out to the outhouse.  You dress like you are wearing a space suit and venture out into the unknown.  It’s a Mars white-scape.  There is about ZERO visibility.  There is nothing left to do now but wait it out.  It’s supposed to be in the 40’s on Friday.  Which, of course, will bring … floods.

My only regret is that I haven’t gotten the new water catchment system hooked up yet.  This storm would have filled the 1000 gallon tank all by itself.  We haven’t lost power; although it wasn’t for lack of trying.   The inter-webs are very slow.  I guess smoke signals don’t travel well in a blizzard.  I canned 22 quarts of roast, weaved a bit, and Zina has been working from home and sorting through boxes as a result of our house consolidations.  This isn’t the biggest I’ve been through, but the drifting and white out conditions have been impressive.

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Bombogenesis

So the blizzard has arrived.  It rained all night to start it all out so the snow is now piling over mud puddles.  Zina closed up everyone in the barn so all should be well.  The little bucks hunker down in a 12 foot hog hut and it has a wind break fence behind them so they are all toasty.  It isn’t exceptionally cold, its just a huge blow.

We are officially cut off from the world.  The highway is closed from Denver to the Kansas state line.  This is expected to last through noon tomorrow.

This storm made the barometric pressure plummet.  That is bad for folks with muscle and joint issues.  I had to take drugs first thing this morning.  I haven’t been this frozen up since surgery.  Mostly all better now.

The inter-tubes and the power are flickering so hopefully this gets posted before it all cuts out and we have to run on batteries.

Bombogenesis:  Native American word for Big Ass Storm.  Then comes the mud….. again.