Quote of the Day

"He was a gallant soldier and a Christian gentleman."

U.S. Grant: Remark in 1864, when , during the Wilderness Campaign, he spent the night in the house where Jackson died.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Snowed in, and don't care.


I'm not going anywhere until Wednesday.  We got a good snow Friday night, then it hasn't gotten any warmer than the mid twenties during the day.  So, the snow isn't melting.  One of the disadvantages, if you think of it that way, to living on a mountain is that the road going down is steep.


We got about six inches here , and that's not a lot. But we got freezing rain Friday night, for a couple of hours, before it turned to snow. So that is under the snow.  Try going down a steep grade on that stuff, and life can get interesting really quickly.


In years past, I always left a vehicle down on the county road. Had to walk about a mile and a half to get to it, but I could get into town if I needed to once the county road melted off.  I didn't even bother this time. Just left the Jeep on the parking pad.


The kids have enjoyed the snow. They've been taking all the dogs down the mountain and up into the woods for walks.


Cold weather clothing is not in short supply here.  This year, we bought both kids good cold weather coverall's.  They can use them up North as well as on their visits down here. The kind of gear is good to carry in the car with you up there. We've already had one incident late at night where my daughter was out on the road and freezing rain shut down the highway.



Keeping the barn (partially), the house, the shop and the apartment warm in single digits uses a lot of energy. There's nothing I can do about it. I need all that climate controlled space for working areas and storage.  I bought kerosene for the backup heaters before the storm got here. $5.00 a gallon. Glad I didn't have to use it.



Great sledding weather, though.  The snow is frozen solid.  You can start at the top of the meadow and ride all the way down to the Jeep trail.  You have to roll off there, or you will hurtle into some trees. I guess it adds spice to the game.








Well, I need to go down to the mailbox, so I will finish on up here. I'm not looking forward to the trek, but I do need to check the mail once in awhile.




You have to see the mountains when there's snow on the ground, a big moon, and a clear night. The artist got the feel of it just right.

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  1. Looks beautiful! Did they bring the horse?

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    1. No, we are still in the decision making process on that. I will need to build a good shelter for her if this kind of weather keeps up.
      It's very tranquil here right now. The problem is, you never know what will happen when it gets down to single digits or below zero.

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  2. Looks about the same over here in Maine.

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    1. You folks are better adapted to it than we are. Deep cold is common for you but makes us very nervous down here.

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  3. FIVE BUCKS a gallon for kerosene?

    Would propane be cheaper?

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    1. Kerosene is just my backup for some of the spaces in outbuildings that are normally heated with electric radiator oil heating. I don't have a big enough generator to run those if the power goes out. I can fire up a big kerosene shop heater and keep everything comfortable.

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    2. Yeah, but FIVE BUCKS a gallon?

      Yowzir.....I'd be putting #2 Diesel in mine if kero cost me that much!

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  4. We are kind of in the same boat, Harry. We have about 3 feet and it rained most of the day yesterday. Now the snow weighs a ton a shovelful. DH snowmobiled to the truck which was out by the county road so we can get to town. It warmed up to 40 yesterday after 20 below last week. Will freeze again tonight. Big Ker Thunks as snow slides off the steep roof. Interesting times. Y'all stay warm, Harry

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    1. Sounds like you two have a good plan. With a snowmobile, you can haul supplies from the county road to your place with little trouble. My best case scenario is that some times I can make it as far as the gate in a heavy snow, but have to pull everything up the steep Jeep trail on a sled.

      I am sitting here tonight listening to the Sheriff's department trying to find a young woman and child stranded out on our county road. She called in for help, but when the deputy found the car, no one was in it. If she left the vehicle she's made a serious error in judgment.

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  5. Hey, bring a truck load over here. We didn't get hardly any snow.

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    1. I have more than enough to share,believe me.

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    2. I know the winter here is still young, I told the kids that there is still a chance for big snow before spring get's here, at least I hope.......

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  6. Looks beautiful Harry. I am glad that your kids are there to enjoy all the snow with you. Jana

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    1. It's that, especially since I don't care how long it takes to melt off. You should see it at night, with the moon on the snow. The kids have had a good break. A bit longer than they planned but from my perspective that's a good thing.

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  7. I'm glad your kids had fun while at home. One of my sons was home from college and that was good as I needed his help moving lots of snow.

    We have had some flooding around here today. Four neighbors of mine had basements flood, as we went from -10 to 35 today. Lots of rain too making for quite a mess.

    I'll share this for what it's worth. I learned a valuable lesson; perhaps someone else can benefit from this. A friend of ours works in home restoration and he warned us to clear all snow out of the window wells, and said we should shovel all snow 2 feet out from the foundation of the house. We did so before the quick warm up and we are pleased as our neighbors did not fare so well. Also a quick check of the downspouts (for ice) from the gutter really paid off. Yes, lot's of hard work but I'm sure I just saved lots of $ and stress. --Troy

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    1. That flooding sounds bad. Something like that is hard on a person because it impacts the home.

      It's always nice to have your children back home no matter how old they get.

      That sounds like a good plan to keep water out of a place. I've never had a problem that way but I think it's because my land is so steep. The pictures were taken up slope and actually show the second floor, though it looks like the ground floor. My place is built back into the mountain side. If I lived on flat land I would absolutely be out there getting that snow away from the side of the house!

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  8. Harry,

    The snow is gorgeous on top of the mountains when the moon shines down on it. I love it when the snow glistens as the moon shines.

    Looks like your kids are enjoying sledding down the mountain side.

    We picked up 2 inches, and now it's pretty much gone. Expecting ice this weekend here as well. Be care, stay safe, and warm up there.

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    1. The last obstacle to me enjoying the snow was removed when my wife retired. Now, we just don't care if we can get out or not. I think we may be able to get out tomorrow, as it's supposed to rain tonight and that should clear the snow away.

      I walked down to the forest service road this morning, and some guy was down there in a "Tracker". He got up a small hill, slid down it, but couldn't get up the next hill, so he is trapped in the saddle between them. He had a shovel and was trying to break up the ice, which is two inches thick there, with a shovel. I offered to call somebody to come get him, but he thinks he can get out. He's wrong, but stupid is as stupid does.

      Glenn really likes to sled down the meadow. He has a wooden snow with metal runners that goes like fury, but can't use it this time around as the frozen rain under the snow makes it too dangerous. Instead, he is using a little plastic sled that is slower and easier to control.

      Two inches of snow is good. Enough to be cozy feeling but not enough to be inconvenient.

      We are just forted up. I don't know what I will do today. Maybe make some candles, maybe reload a bit of ammo, or just read. I'll listen to Rush from 1200 to 1500. It's a mellow kind of day.

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  9. Doesn't help to say it, but all that snow sure is pretty 😀

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    1. Dani, we don't mind being snowed in. I am watching my wife carefully and not letting her do anything where she can hurt herself though, since we can't get out and nobody can get in. She is always doing something like cutting herself in the kitchen , she's accident prone. Or, careless but that is a mean way to put it I guess.

      So we are just enjoying ourselves for now.

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  10. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    I'm glad its in the 70's here:)

    I think Kymber would melt down here.

    Maybe you can go to the beach and thaw the ferrets out. I ran the refrigerated air conditioning today too. What is Kerosene and what is a kerosene heater. Does kerosene need to be heated to work? Can I fry shrimp in Kerosene:) I had fried shrimp yesterday, fresh gulf fried shrimp with hush puppies, and with French frys and a nice cold beer. My favorite restrourant sits on a salt water lagoon. We have to refrigerate our beer here. I guess you can leave your beer outside, then again maybe not. It would freeze and the can would burst. I have left too many beers in the freezer so I know what real winter is like:)

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    1. Yeah, you put a pot of kerosene on the stove and then fire the stove up. It will fry your shrimp, sure enough!

      If you leave any kind of soft drink or beer in a can in a car when it gets down that cold, the bottom blows out and sprays the stuff all over. I have proven that on a number of occasions, however inadvertently.

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  11. Harry we caught the edge of it . Funny how it was south of here but angled so it nailed you northeast of here. Snow out of the southwest is always worst than when it drops from the north.

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    1. Gary, when I first started following the storm, I thought it was going to hit Atlanta and points south, and miss us all together. But as you say, it angles up dramatically and we got smacked good. I think the snow out of the Southwest has a lot more moisture in it and that's why it's worse.

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  12. Hey Harry good to read that you are safe. Must be really nice to have your kids home and where you can see them, safe and sound. the weather all over seems to be chaotic. Thailand is flooded, Greece has snow... Apparently the freeze that is in mainland Europe is coming our way.

    Hope you are all well and spirits are up. Happy new year!

    Love Sol xxx

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    1. Hey. Sol.

      It's always good to hear from you. We are enjoying the winter weather and are all snug up here. Plenty of firewood, propane, food, and everything else we need. The kids are leaving tomorrow. They were supposed to leave before now but couldn't get out. The people at their office were good about it so no problems there.

      Hope everything is going well with you, too.

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    2. Things are going. Your Wife will love what is going on here. It is the property brothers alright!!!!!

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    3. She loves watching that show. I'm not sure I would want to live through it, but I know you are good about being patient and you are flexible with that kind of planning and work.

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  13. Oh boy! I hope you don't need groceries any time soon. I know you stock up though. I've been getting almond milk just because it lasts longer, and I don't do well with milk products.

    I wish we got some good sledding snow. We haven't had any sledding snow as of yet this fall/winter. It snowed an ok amount once, but it was too cold to sled in. It's rained a few times. This morning it turned into ice.

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    1. My wife was stocking up on delicacies for the kids weeks before they arrived, and as you mentioned, we keep a goodly amount of food on hand here. There's no danger of us running out of anything any time soon.

      This is good snow for sledding, but my son has to be careful because even with the plastic sled, he hits patched of frozen snow or ice under powder and picks up speed unexpectedly. As long as he rolls out of the sled before the Jeep trail, he will be fine. It would be a bad place to "choke" and not bail out though, because he'd crash into some big trees.

      Freezing rain is the absolute worst. It brings down the power lines here, and it brings down trees across the road. We had a little freezing rain Friday night and it's still under the snow.

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  14. 6" is a lot of snow as far as this Texas boy in concerned. Nice to have once in a while, but after a day I want it gone.

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    1. These days, when I don't have to go anywhere, I don't mind it. Before my wife and I retired, it was a problem. It's nice not to be accountable for your where abouts.

      It's all melted off today (Thursday) thanks to some warmer air and rain.

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  15. Looks more like NH than GA. Buddy of mine in lived in VT where he too kept a car down by the highway. Hauled everything to his house by sled. Winters were long, but he was in fantastic shape from walking up and down the mountain.

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    1. I've done that but only when I miscalculated, and ran out of something I had to have.

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  16. We have previously left cars parked two miles down the road. Now that there are kids on this stretch that the bus needs to get to, they are better about plowing. Although there have been times they have had us drive them two miles to catch the bus. Plus that one time the bus got stuck and the school board had to pick up kids in SUVs. Mine have been out of school all week so far. My driveway is not possible but the road is sort of okay. There are icy patches for sure but they've plowed it twice now.

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    1. We just shut the schools down here when it snows. We had a school bus from Florida, full of kids, crash on one of our mountain roads years ago, with fatalities. It was so shocking that now we just don't take chances. If they miss too much school they make it up during the spring holidays.

      The Jeep trail is like your driveway. If it's slick, it isn't safe to use, even in four wheel drive. And even if you get to the bottom of the mountain, there are still slick patches going up hill and down on the no longer maintained county dirt road before you have a prayer of getting to the paved county road. And that has to melt off as they don't plow it.

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  17. Beautiful Harry, my little boy asked for snow for Christmas, I just couldn't oblige.
    I can count on one hand all the times it's snowed here since I was born. I can't help but envy the isolation snow brings and one day I'm going to take a holiday to somewhere snowy.

    I love the thought police picture BTW, I really enjoyed 1984 (although I appreciate your pic has a current political message)

    Thanks for the comment about Lehman's, I'm sure you'd believe me when I say I've browsed their website for hours and could probably re-mortgage the house for all the stuff I'd like to buy!

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    1. Kirsty,

      Your place is so beautiful, and there is so much to do there, that not getting snow is worth it. Besides, living in Europe, you can all go to Switzerland any time you want. I always liked Interlaken, what a beautiful place. Like a Christmas card, and the river running through it was like molten turquoise. I have never seen anything like it.

      Now that Donald Trump is the new President things here should get better, although the bureaucracy , especially in the intelligence services, are trying to do all they can to keep the status quo. We need to go through those outfits with a fine tooth comb and get rid of the obstructionist elements.

      I'm glad you know about Lehman's. I really like the things I have purchased from them, but I enjoy just thumbing through the paper catalog even more. Like you, my eyes are bigger than my bank account in that regards.

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  18. 1- Our friend Zero has recently done a series Of posts on winter car gear.
    2- when I was a kid we used to ski a lot. Where we went we made an amazing sled route. Down side was you had to roll/ stop on the width of the logging road at the end or you were going off a cliff and then down a mountain. None of us died and it was great fun.

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    1. I don't do sledding anymore, as it takes me too long to recover when I break something these days. But it's a great thing for younger people. I heard on our scanner a few days ago that kids were sledding down a hill right onto one of the four main roads here. Nobody was out driving because of the frozen snow on the roads, but the Sheriff's Department sent one of their four wheel drive vehicles out to run the kids off. I guess their sense of propriety was disturbed.

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  19. I saw the title to this post, I smiled and said to myself, Harry's ready for anything. All I can add is stay safe, and warm my friend.

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    1. Rob , it's warm and the snow is gone today (Thursday). I'm not doing anything or going anywhere. Thought about going to the lake to walk but I don't want to fool with the gate.

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  20. Woohoo! Sounds like you have had some good sledding weather under some lovely blue sky. We've had a good deal of snow, too, but not much sunshine. I think we live across the river from Tewshooz... come to think of it, I think some of her snow blew over here a few days ago...

    But with all that snow it is a good time to catch up on indoor stuff. Stay safe & warm!
    ~hobo

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    1. Hobo, you live in a really nice place. I was out there about ten years ago and passed right through the town she lives in. I envy you the views. Even in winter, I am so closed in by the forest that it gets claustrophobic even after being here for 32 years.

      I've been pottering around in the shop and catching up on my reading. The kids left yesterday, and it will take me awhile to get everything back to normal. Spent most of the morning working on that.

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  21. send some down here Harry! last two days it,s been 101 deg and tomorrow is due to be 104! I am going to give some serious thought to getting a/c for the house next year.

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    1. I couldn't live here in summer without AC. It's too hot and humid.

      Got an email from you, response on the way.

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