Tuesday, February 19, 2013
So They Say There's a Storm A'Comin
I have been only cranking up the burn on the wood furnace after dark the last week or so, keeping it barely burning on coals during the day or even letting it go out completely but apparently Winter isn't totally finished with us yet.
I just hope the bees are making good use of all that sugar feed I been putting out for them the last few weeks because they sure didn't get any more today. By the looks of the forecast it's going to be Sunday at the earliest before they can break their Winter ball again so I hope they got enough food to last em.
So today was spent in making sure we are set on Winter preps for the coming snowstorm that more than likely will only give us a dusting if prior experience tells us anything. Usually when they predict a storm as putting down more than 3 inches we get nothing but when they say flurries are possible we get the mega-load. Anyway we are preppers so better safe than sorry.
I unloaded the truck of the wood I had from this weekend's run and stacked all the stuff that didn't need splitting beside the furnace in it's place. I have about half a cord stacked there at any given time. I then got out the log-splitter and got to work on the big pieces I have from all the other cutting trips I have done this year. One tank of log splitter gas will usually over fill the truck bed by a bit so I split up a truckload and then backed it in up to the furnace. By doing this I can almost pretend to be a fireman on an old fashioned steam engine chucking wood right from the wood car into the burn box.
Tomorrow I will be putting all the tarps in place and securing them down. I don't normally mind the firewood getting rained on as I have plenty of dry tender stored but I do not let it get snowed on if I can help it. The over full load in the truck is also an emergency transportation setup, if the Mrs. gets stranded in town I already got the weight in the four wheel drive to go rescue her. I also made sure the truck was topped off with fuel.
So heat and emergency transport are taken care of.
I then went and checked on the solar backup batteries to be sure they are fully charged in case the power goes out. All was well there. Plenty of kerosene in case I need to start up the jet heater in the basement or resort to fuel lamps. The babies in the barn seem to be staying warm with mom and won't even take a bottle now. I located at least 10% of the hundred some odd flashlights and lanterns I have laying around all over and we have enough meat to last months as long as I can keep the freezer going and I took a round bale out to the moocher horse pasture in case my mother gets snowed in and calls to beg me to feed her 50 year old nags like she did during the last snowmegedon we had a couple years back.
We are ready. Let it snow I say.
I think tomorrow I will run into town early and watch all the sheeple running around in panic mode stocking up.
It's the little things in life ya know.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!