Friday, January 6, 2017

White crap falling from the sky

Early this morning, in the deep chill of 21°F, I spied little pellets of white stuff falling from the sky.The Monkeys were ecstatic.  DH wasn't.  And I had to go to the store.
The nearest grocery is at least 6 miles away, and Wal-Mart closer to 8 miles.  8 miles of Texas drivers in a freezing, blowing snow event...YIKES!
And honestly, Texas drivers aren't any worse than Kansas or Missouri drivers...but when you add in freezing temps, and precipitation in the form of snow, it can get dicey.  Now, for all my more northerly friends, I understand this isn't "snow" to y'all.  But what you don't understand, is that there is NO snow removal equipment here, and NO salt and sand trucks either!  None!  Now I want you to imagine driving in YOUR area, with freezing precipitation, and zero treatment trucks, no salt, no sand, no plows.  The only thing I have seen here in Lamar Co, is the brine truck, that sprays Hwy 271 from the loop in Paris, to the Red River.  And the coverage from that lone sprayer isn't the greatest either.

Just now, I took this pic from the back pool deck.  It's snowing again.  There's a little over an inch of snow, much of which has blown around.  The chickens are not happy, but they won't go into the warmer coop, silly things.  They did get a bunch of chicken scratch today, to help them stay warm.  At least they have down coats!

The tv room is warm, since I started a fire in the fireplace several hours ago.  There's homemade chili on the stove, and I am considering a batch of cornbread to go with it, though the carb load for DH will be high if I do that.  And in a concession to the family,  I set the furnace to kick on if the temp falls below 56*F.  I'd just as soon keep it off alltogether but it doesn't kick on often at that setting.  And since with this cold snap the pool equipment has to run 24/7 to keep it from freezing solid and breaking, I might as well save $$ where I can!

Snowpocalypse this isn't, though I understand from an acquaintance in AL, that their grocery stores got cleaned out of milk, bread and eggs.  Not the case here though.  Walmart was fully stocked.  I guess Alabamans really like their Snowmageddon French Toast!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

It's so cold out...

IThat the pool net froze solid right after scooping leaves from the pool!

Yeah I get it, you Northerners would call this balmy shorts weather, while we are huddled near the fire place, wearing winter coats indoors on top of heavy fleece, etc. But at least we dodged the ice storm.

And lest y'all forget, we were here in DFWland, a couple years back when we suffered through 71 almost consecutive (one day below triple digits) days of 100°+ days!

FYI, it's 19°F outside now.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Ups and downs of rural life

It has been a busy week here.  It all started late last week, when the roofers showed up on Friday, to begin installing our new metal roof.  This process took several days, with final work being completed Tuesday.  The roof looks great!

During this time, sadly, the "living closer to nature" part of rural life reared its head, and took off our guinea Sam's head...Yep, Monkey1 found the carcass, sans head, stuffed under the tongue of the cargo trailer before noon one day.  My first thought was a raccoon got him.  Coons are known for indiscriminate killing of chickens if they get into a coop, and apart from the head and neck being gone, there was no feeding on the guinea.  But, there is also a pack of feral cats in the woods behind us.  So it might have been them, though I would have expected them to feed on the guinea.

To try to get an idea of what critter did the fowl (HA!) deed, I wandered off to Walmart and bought a small inexpensive game camera.  So far, it has only caught pics of us wandering around the tree line, and the septic sprayers kicking on.  That is, until this morning...
It's a bit blurry, as he was moving faster than the camera shutter.  But that is Mr Wile E Coyote!

Monday, December 5, 2016

A Ridgeback Christmas (present)

Indy fell in love with this at the Ridgeback Ranch a couple weeks ago.  We had to get one for the hounds for Christmas!