This was the scene before the second storm rolled in. I took this from upslope. It's the back of the apartment and the shop. That looks like snow but it has a frozen crust of ice over it. The wind blew so hard last night that I heard sleet pattering on the windows of the bedroom. Can't remember that happening before.
The chickens congregate anywhere they can get out of the wind. Solar panels will serve that purpose as well as anything else in their estimation.
The buildings are bedecked with icicles. As this continues, they'll get bigger every day, as the snow melts, runs down the icicles, and then refreezes at dark.
The woods look pretty enough with this kind of weather. They're dangerous though. Lots of these trees have been weakened by the very wet, hot summer. Let them get a good coating of ice, and they'll fall.
Last night I heard one coming down . It was loud enough to wake me up. You can't really tell how far out they are, so you just have to wait til they are down to see if they are going to hit the house and maybe hit you.
Essentially, it's like artillery fire. There isn't much you can do about it by the time you realize what's going on, and it's entirely a matter of luck wheter it lights on the spot you happen to be occupying at the time.
One of my propane tanks. Because my heating system and kitchen appliances run on propane, I can still cook if need be. If I lost those for some reason, I have my 1889 wood burning stove in the kitchen. One way or the other, I'll get by.
The view from the front porch. My wife and I put that metal roof on, all by ourselves. Not bad for two older people who are not particularly handy with tools.
I never thought about those icicles
The dog house is on the front porch this year. It keeps more of the wind off of them than the spot we usually build the winter hundehutte out by the barn.
I feel more comfortable with them on the porch anyway. It's the only access to the house I haven't closed off .
I have two completely independent satellite systems. If one goes, the other should remain unaffected. However, just a little frozen snow puts them out of commission. You have to go out and either brush the stuff off the dish, or if it's frozen on, pour some boiling water on it.
Nobody is driving out of here down the mountain for awhile.