Ohiofarmgirl's Adventures in The Good Land is largely a fish out of water tale about how I eventually found my footing on a small farm in an Amish town. We are a mostly organic, somewhat self sufficient, sustainable farm in Ohio. There's action and adventure and I'll always tell you the truth about farming.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Ice? Sleet? Snow? Freezing Rain?

My this time tomorrow (Wednesday) we could be blanketed in either ice, sleet, snow, or freezing rain. They don't have any idea and we are right on the line. You know what that means....storm preps!

Basically if you are on this side of the country you should be getting your storm preps ready for just about anything. Hopefully it will all be a big nothing and we can go on about our day - which is pretty much worrying about the next round of weather. Are you tired of it? Yep us too. This winter has been relentless.

I just had to see some more summer pix. Catmint is one of my favorites.

But that is no excuse for neglecting your storm preps. The last thing you want is to be cold, exhausted, and standing in a dark house.

We are well stocked with feed, bedding, and firewood. There's nothing we really need from the store and all I really need to do is get some buckets filled and get the house ready. I'll be doing laundry and making snacks later today. It seems that February is our peak time for ice storms and they are the worst.

Remember when Darla and Daisy were so little? And we had our own hay?

A couple years ago we had an ice storm that was so bad that I literally could not walk across our gravel driveway. Everything was coated in about 1/4 inch of ice. Fortunately it melted by the end of the next day... but doing chores on an ice rink is no fun.

Since we most likely will have sub-zero windchills for a couple mornings later in the week I'll be using today's above freezing temps to do some cleaning and shoveling in the outbuildings. The goats will have to move back to the Turkey House for a night at least. We are really happy with this set up...it has really worked out.

 Ahh.... and my glorious peach tree. This year nothing but success!

Hopefully you'll hear from me tomorrow with a "wow look what a big snow we had!" And not "we are out of power and stuck in a dark house." But if that happens - don't worry about us.  We'll just crank up the fire, have some pre-made snacks, and pile on the cats.

Happy Tuesday everyone! Don't get complacent and neglect your storm preps!


Sunnybrook Farm said...

I need to make a trip to town and pick up a few things in case it gets this far south. Could this be the last one?

Heavens Door Acres said...

*sigh* I have our place ready...at least I am pretty sure I do. We need nothing from the store...plenty feed and hay for the critters...buckets on the ready for carrying warm water out to them ( my least favorite job) It is supposed to hit us about 2pm today. Guess I should get a few things baked. Cookies, and PIE...Can't make it through a storm, without a fresh apple pie!

Ohiofarmgirl said...

Looks like you'll get another round this weekend, SBF... dang.

Yep, HDA, I've hand plenty of this stuff. But hey pie - so that is great!

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