It started snowing last night, and is still at it. Not big heavy, wet flakes like we usually get, lighter and more like little grains of sand than feathery flakes. The temperature in the house is 66 ' F. The pump house is 62, the apartment is 64, shop is right at 59, enclosed part of the barn is 54. Outside temperature right now, at just after 3 a.m. is about 12.
There's about half a foot of snow where it hasn't piled up, which is not a lot until you realize it's frozen into a solid sheet. I'm not shoveling it so it's there until it melts. The wind is blowing tonight, sporadically. I went out at midnight to check on all the buildings. All was well so I am not planning on going out again until dawn.
If you are going to move out into the mountains, and put yourself up on top of one of them, be sure you like the location. Because you are going to have a lot of time in winter to enjoy it.
The Popular Mechanics "Survival" issue is out. Popular Mechanics is a good magazine. It's cheap, and sometimes you find really useful articles on how to do things you want to do but didn't know how to go about.
These always follow the same format. A couple of stories about people who got themselves into some deep kimchi , largely through ill luck, poor head work, the stupidity of others, lack of forethought, or a combination thereof. It's always the kind of thing that could happen to just about anybody.
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Then a couple of articles on things like preparedness planning (at the lowest level) and then some little quick articles. For instance, this one has a bit written by a "celebrity chef" who designed his own food storage so that he wouldn't run out of things like canned pumpkin and truffles when the apocalypse arrives.
I got the impression the guy had never been further away from home than trips by air to Paris and New York, but it was funny if nothing else.
Besides , there are articles in the magazine that are not survival related, like how to restore furniture. Who knows when that will come in handy? I look at as an extra . ;-)