Thursday, January 19, 2017
Weather a very strange year so far.
We've swung wildly from very cold to just freezing. From frigid to mild with rains.
Thankfully the animals seem to be taking this weather in stride.
The mules and horses refused to go to the stock tank on Sunday until we put down barn lime and a combination of sand and hay chaff.
We've had an ice event each week.
Who came up with the name Ice 'Event'?
Once a week the temperatures have swung to just above or right about freezing and it has rained.
Getting anywhere safely on the country gravel roads has become an issue. Our township is running low on sand according to the patrolman Rich talked to our town only has one bin left of sand/gravel.
I hope that is enough to get us through to a real melt down!
Traveling back and forth to work has become rather unpleasant. This is a shot I took -- yes I stopped-- of 'good' weather and good roads!
There are no shots of course of the bad places, the scary twists and turns that come down off the ridge at an 8% grade into the valleys.
It is trips like these that make me dislike working period. The drive to and from work is stressful.
This is one of the roads I take to and from town or work. This is a nice sight to see on a slick day. Fresh sand and gravel over ice.
And...this is where I park when it gets like this. I can walk up to the ridge from home and I don't have to worry about falling off the driveway into the woods and wrecking the car.
Our road is a dead end road. It doesn't rate getting more gravel/sand on it as there is only 3 homes on it.
My neighbor on the top of the hill has purchased 'chains' for his and his wife's vehicle. He found out the other day that even the 'chains' didn't help.
This is a shot of the road from our mailbox area. This is good winter driving!
Yesterday morning I took a sled-full of hay chaff, sand, salt, and screenings up to the ridge and spread it behind the Subaru so that my neighbor could park behind me. Our driveways were still solid ice. It is surprising how this mix adds traction to an area!
In the afternoon, the temperatures rose yesterday and the sun came out.
Rich used the skid steer to break up ice around the stock tanks and then proceeded to work on the driveway.
I was so happy that I quit doing all of my catch up work around the inside of the house and came outside to enjoy the sunlight and the mud/ice.
Mud and ice! Snow slush!
I know it looks like a mess. But it is much better than glare ice.
It was only in the places that the sun shone, but it made us very happy.
And it made Val-Barbie happy too!