I guess we're due for a nasty ice storm, although I wouldn't have expected it this early in the season. The last one was in 2009. It was our first ice storm since moving here. Mostly just a big inconvenience for us, but truly a nightmare for a lot of other people. A home just a few miles from us burned to the ground because the fire trucks couldn't make the drive up / down / around the hills in the subdivision with the thick layer of ice on the road. People farther out in the country were without power for over three weeks. We went thirteen days without power, although we did have a generator to keep the large freezers from spoiling all the beef & pork we just filled it with (of course) and a wood stove for heating the house.
Knowing what could happen if we did get hit with the storm, I've been outside the last two days getting things in order. A lot of the chores should have probably been done already, but what can I say? I work best under pressure (i.e. I'm a lazyass). Got the wood piles covered with tarps. Moved wood to the porch and filled up a pallet with even more wood and moved it closer to the house.
Extra bedding in the chicken coop & goat huts. Closed up the barn windows. Made sure tarps were over the hay hoop houses. Topped off all the water tanks / buckets / pails. I even made a hillbilly makeshift cover for the "feeding" hay (as opposed to the stored hay). Because you know, if the hay gets wet, or iced or even the slightest bit moist, the goats won't eat it.
This is something I've been meaning to do forever, but the thought of having those picky bugger goats turning their nose up at hay with snow or ice on it (or even close proximity to it) had me scrambling to do something - anything - to cover it up. So I scrounged up half a cattle panel, a t-post, some bailing twine and used plastic sheeting and came up with this:
|Hillybilly-esque? Darn right! Effective? I hope so.|
In the meantime, I think I'm going to vacuum the rugs again and make sure there's no dirty laundry or dishes. And maybe make another couple loaves of bread. And if we manage to somehow avoid all this snow / ice, at least the house will be clean!
Are you in the path of this storm? Are you ready for it? I hope so. If not, get yer butt in gear!