I have been enjoying having my wife home, and we've been getting lots of chores done that need two people. All the more so because this big storm is coming in. The rain is already here, and it's supposed to turn to sleet by early afternoon, then snow. In a few minutes I'll be taking one of the Jeeps down to the hard surface road to leave it. I still may not be able to travel any, because our hard surface road is not one of those the county plows. It's a dead certainty, though, that I can't get off the mountain if we get ice or deep snow.
Yesterday we reinforced the dog house with more hay, and built a smaller version on the porch for the cats. Temperatures here will be around 15 degrees by tomorrow, according to the Weather Channel, and that means the actual temperate at my place on the mountain may be considerably colder.
We also made the obligatory pilgrimage to the two grocery stores in town along with every other denizen of the country. It's more like a county fair than anything else. In our case, we were picking up extra supplies of "nice to have" things like apple cider, fresh cinnimon, a big spiral cut ham, and other good things to eat. After all, if a person is going to be snowed in for a few days, you want to have something besides canned, frozen or dried provisions.
The big chore yesterday was getting the new propane tank set. This should have been a quick, painless evolution but it never is. The men setting the tank got a leak indication on the gauge, and they were just sure it was the step down valve. You have a "shut off" valve on the tank, but there's another valve somewhere in the line that steps the pressure down, because your appliances can't run at the pressure levels coming out of the tank into the line. I told them there was no way that my step down valve had just suddenly started leaking with their arrival, but nothing would do except testing it. Then they tested the tank they'd just brought and the regulator on that was the problem. Wasted half an hour with fiddling around on the step down valve and then had to spend another half hour swapping out the regulator but in the end, I had a new tank and plenty of gas. As I listen to the wind and rain outside this morning, and in the certain knowledge that a big snow storm is coming, I'm glad we got it done but the gas company cut it mighty thin time wise.
It is going to snow where the kids are. But further north I am sure they know how to deal with snow, and have the equipment to do so. People probably know better how to drive in snow, as well. Both of my kids have stout Jeeps, and I'm never happier that we didn't buy cheap passenger cars for them than I am when something like this is going on.
The last few days I've been off the air because we were working hard here, trying to get things done before the bad weather. If I disappear for a bit , it will be because the power is off. I can power my own place with my generator, but if the county loses power I'll lose the internet, and that's the one thing I don't have a back up system for. We are considering putting in a Hughes Net satellite system, depending on the cost, to cover that vulnerability.