The wind howled all night. Thumps and bumps kept us wondering what will need to be fixed. We can’t tell yet if the snow has stopped and is just blowing around now, or if it’s still coming down. I posted yesterday that this wasn’t the biggest storm I’ve been through but it is in the top 2. The biggest was when I lived at 8200 feet back in the 80’s. The drifts are as tall as me. I’m 6’1” with my boots on. Zina is dwarfed by them. Many of the fences are completely buried as you can see on one of them relative to the T Post. I took a few pictures this morning until I started to frost bite my fingers.
The snow was pretty wet while it accumulated and the 40 mph winds glazed everything with ice. I could walk up onto the drifts and then sink as the ice gave way. It was aerobic work just to get to the barn to feed.
The critters are all fine. The boy goats took the brunt of it. The wind swirled around their hut and some came inside. We gave them a whole bale of hay this morning to both eat and curl up in. Tank had ice on his fur and Dozer had a frozen hairdo. Tough tough little buggers.
Tank and Dozer’s struggle through the night gave me Prepper pause. So many blogs about having to leave or “bug out” because of an LCE (Life Changing Event) seem to revolve around the non-winter months. I’m tellin’ ya, if you had to bug out, or survive in this……. you wouldn’t. I’ve snow camped before. Folks would only find a human popsicle with a lot of neat gear.
The girl goats and the donkeys and the turkeys were all sequestered in the barn and are fine. We discovered where the barn isn’t air tight. The blizzard found all the cracks.
The chicken coop is completely drifted in and we couldn’t open the door to get eggs. Once this blows out of here we will go shovel it out. Fortunately, with the blowing snow, the chicken wire cover didn’t get loaded down.
For all the hassles we went through to get our greenhouse, you won’t hear me complain about it. It took this wind, drift weight and snow with no issues.
This was one for the JAZ Farm history book. I guess we are making up for the drought from the past 2 years. Some of these drifts will be here for weeks.
The greenhouse is still standing!!
It seems we won’t be camping soon.
Those are 5 foot posts.
Nanook of the worrywart clan.
Taller than me. That brown isn’t just the ground. It is dust encrusted ice. Very slick.
I don’t think the dogs will be using their huts any time soon!