Sorry I haven't been keeping up with posts or coming around to comment on your blogs. It got down to -10 last night and everything is still covered in thick ice. The animal water tank heaters can't even keep up when it gets this cold and the sheep are trying to convince me they should be able to come inside the house as well.
In fact the house now looks like an animal refugee center as even the permanent stray barn dog has come in and refuses to go back out. Each animal that is uncomfortable being inside now cowers in some claimed corner on a blanket or pillow hoping no one will notice them. The wife's little lap dog won't stand on all four feet outside at all and refuses to walk out to do her business but must be carried.
All we need now is a manger and a baby Jesus to really look like a Christmas stable inside :)
Oh, and some hay to spread around.
The power did go off briefly yesterday but came back on just about the time I began putting the power out plan into operation. I am surprised it hasn't gone out completely because there are trees and limbs down all over the place. My guess is that since the power company guys were working here all Summer they got all the stuff that would likely fall already removed.
Still holding good on firewood with at least a cord and a half of burnable sized stuff left but I am definitely going to be back behind the curve and playing catch up again when this breaks. I am hoping to avoid needing to break ice off the pile of needing to be split logs just to get another load ready to burn. With luck I should be able to get out and cut some more tomorrow but anything I cut is going to need immediate splitting before use.
I just been sleeping in snatches and then making the fuel and water check runs. I over slept a bit this morning and the house got down to about 55 degrees as the wife was feeding the stove incorrectly. She was whining like the sheep when I got up and went to correct the air flow problem. Within 15 minutes she was standing in front of the main vent singing "Dad is great he gives us the toasty heat" ala Bill Cosby style.
Finally some appreciation :)
Anyway back to it. Merry Christmas everyone and I will start to catch back up with things tomorrow night I imagine.