Well, you wouldn’t know it by the blog lately, but there really has been a lot happening around here. I’ll try to get you all caught up!
As you might guess living this far north in the mountains, weather is a big factor for us every winter. Right after Thanksgiving we had snow, not a lot just a light dusting really.
It was really beautiful, the mountain tops were white, the sky was a beautiful clear blue and the air was crisp and clean.
The cattle have to be fed every day, snow or not. Rick and Alex put on their warmer layers and carry on.
After the snow, we had rain and lots of it. One of our summer grazing pastures just down the road from us flooded. You can see our red round hay bale feeder is still out in the field. The summer pastures were flooded and then it got COLD. That is ice you see in the field below. One of our neighbors who grew up on the east coast tried ice skating. I heard he did pretty well.
This is gate we drove in and out of to load the cattle and bring them home just about two weeks before the flood and ice. Aren’t we glad all the cattle were home high and dry?
Next, when it was really cold, the power went out. The high that day was 19 degrees and with the windchill it felt a lot colder. No power = no heat (other than our wood stove in the house) which means water lines freeze. Frozen water lines are not fun. Happily the lines in the house were fine, it was only the outside hosebibs and cattle water that were frozen.
We added some heat tape and insulation on our most exposed hose bib and started up the generator. After a few hours the water lines thawed and water started flowing again.
The next day the power came back on and everything was back to normal around here.
After a few days of below freezing temperatures the storm passed and the weather warmed up. I think everyone appreciated the warmer weather.