Monday, January 27, 2014
Round Three and The Runaway Rain Barrel
Last night about 8PM I started hearing the wind howling outside. The Remote sensor display unit which is the center core of the Cold Weather Command Center still read 49 degrees outside. By 8:30 it read 39 degrees. By midnight it was 11 degrees.
The wind was howling and blowing so bad when I went out to feed the wood furnace it was literally blowing the door shut on me when I would reach for a log. I finally had to go get my snow shovel off the porch and use it to prop the door open so I could feed the damned thing. I have never experienced wind strong enough to close that iron door like that on it's own.
So it's back to two hour sleeping shifts.
This morning I called my mom and told her I would take care of the sheep that are up here which is most of them. There are about 12 or so down at her place with the other ram but about 30 up here I think. Normally I don't coddle her too much, I don't care if she is pushing 70 by God if she thinks she is spry enough to keep buying and raising these animals (especially the useless horses) then she can do the feeding. Sadly my Step Father gives in and does most of the work for her but morning feedings are usually her responsibility. Anyway this cold and wind was enough to soften even my heart a bit as I thought there might be some real danger there with the wind knocking her over or something. So I fed the ravenous flock. I made sure and had her fill all the water troughs to the brim yesterday so they shouldn't need a water refill until tomorrow.
Ya I know I am such a softy, but my sheep are actually mixed in with the ones up here so I guess it's only fair.
So about the rain barrel. The one I had that survived the first freeze way back in November I managed to finally get the ice out of it and turned it over on it's stand over a month ago and placed a cinder block on top of it for weight. The sun doesn't hit that side of the house which is really what deteriorates plastic so I thought it would be fine there. Also it's normal storage area is now filled with the post hole auger and brush hog. So this morning while I am feeding I look down the road about a quarter of a mile and theres my rain barrel. The wind blew with enough force that it moved the rain barrel with the cinder block until the block fell off and the barrel went to visit the subdivision down the road.
I am bundled up in my carharts, which make me feel like a little short legged gnome anyway, carrying a 55 gallon plastic square against the 30+ mile an hour winds in the middle of the road at 7:30 in the morning.
Ya I got some weird looks from a few people driving by. More than one laughing wave and a honk as well from the nearest neighbors who know me. Not one of them idiots stopped and offered to let me put the damned rain barrel turned para-sail into the back of their trucks however. Wait till I see em at the gas station.
So that is this rounds cold weather adventure. Honestly I think last weeks little frigid dip was much colder overall but that is probably because the wind was blowing over the remaining snow. I keep telling myself this Winter has to end sometime.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!