The snow for today which was predicted to be two inches turned into five inches (12.7 centimeters?) before it turned again, this time into sneet – sleet and icy rain and snow. That’s on top of the however many inches we’ve had through the week. I’ve lost count and I’ve no desire to step out onto that china glaze surface to check.
When the lights flickered a moment ago, the Baron went to draw extra water: no electricity means the pump at the well house doesn’t run so we have to rely on whatever we’ve accumulated before it goes out. Most times we end up dumping out the water because the electricity stays on… but I want to avoid being without.
Meanwhile, I thought we should warn y’all of impending electric “outages”. The situation has much improved over several years ago, but still the geographical reality sometimes trumps my wishes for a horse. There are miles and miles of power lines coming down the mountains. Sometimes the ice load is too much and they fall, or a tree full of ice falls on a few of them or some other trick card Mother Nature has up her sleeve is plonked triumphantly on the table: we lose.
Thanks to the kindness of our donors a few years back, we now stay warm with our gas range/oven no matter what those electric lines do. It’s ever so much nicer to cook with gas than with electricity. But oh my! It is when these Winter Winds howl that the little pilot lights especially warm my heart.
All of which is to say if we lose our connection, we lose our water and we lose our ability to let in comments. Wish we had a gas-generated computer back-up (joke!).
I’m not too concerned: the temperatures are steadily rising though as night moves in, that rise will slow a bit. But… tomorrow it will be in the 50s here (Fahrenheit. Y’all check the Centigrade, please). Looking ahead, there is no sign of snow until this time next week. Compared to large sections of the continent we are most fortunate.