Tuesday, February 4, 2014
A State of Emergency
Well I guess I know what they mean by significant snow now. All told I think we have at least six inches already and it's still snowing. They were saying a short break this afternoon that lasted maybe 15 minutes then it started back up again. Some stations are predicting another 6 to 12 inches tonight as well.
Of course I had to get out in it wouldn't ya know.
The shop got my truck fixed and once they started closing down highways and such I needed to get the rarely used back up truck to my dad. I swing by and he took me to get my truck and I left him half my load of split wood so he had some weight in the backup truck to help him get around. There were cars off the road everywhere, some flipped over and a few way off the roads with even a broken axle obvious here and there.
I never once saw a road crew or plow the entire time I was out. The radio mentioned something about a lack of salt and cinder hindering the various departments which in my mind is government speak for... "we spent that money on paychecks and bonuses". I always said services will be the first to go but you can bet your ass they will still want the taxes for em whether they deliver or not.
Another clue was the Democrat governor declaring an emergency so quickly. Usually we need to break the 10 inch mark before that ever happens and yet he was declaring one before we even hit 6 inches. Something is not working as promised I can tell you that.
The decline shows first in our ability and resiliency when dealing with mother nature and each year the response becomes just a little bit worse.
A Long Slow Slide.
With the snow and the forecast of rapidly dropping temps tonight I went out and gave the sheep an extra load of hay and snapped a picture of my girl. This is Seven the soon to be Queen of the Small-Hold Sheep flock. She is also HUGE now.
Here's a better pic of her. The rump you see is the Ram and she is as big as he is. Easily she is the biggest Ewe we got on the place and one of the gentlest as well. Her girth has went out so large I am sure she is sporting twins. Next year she will be penned up with her co-matriarch Kieara. Ya I am using a Star Trek theme for their names but only because Seven is actually number 107 and so you see when it got shortened...
The butcher run got canceled in January due to dealing with the cold so as soon as the weather clears we have 12 yearlings going to the chop shop.
Looks like a lot of lamb stew in our future this year which is fine considering how fast meat prices are going up now.
Judging from what I have seen of 2014 so far folks I am really beginning to think this is the year when the real slide begins. I was seriously hoping things would limb along until that creature was out of the White House but we may not make it.
And that folks is going to make the inevitable collapse way more a problem trust me.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!