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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Caught off Guard.


The weather radio said flurries today.  That being so, I did not drive one of the vehicles down the mountain and park it  by the county road.  It's a good hike back from there, and I only do it these days if  I have to.  This afternoon about three it started snowing very hard, and now it's too late.  My Jeep trail has a cliff on one side, and a deep ravine on the other. Hitting the cliff would be bad, but going over in the ravine doesn't bear thinking about.  I can get out if there's not a freeze, and the snow just stays snow. We are going into single digits tonight. That means if it got above freezing and any of it melted during the day, I'm sunk.


Unless I bundle up and walk down the mountain, I won't know if there's snow all the way to the county road.  With this kind of snow, it's likely that the higher elevations got snow but the lower elevations got little or none.  Or, it could have snowed all over the entire county.  I could turn the scanners on and see if the road crew is out, and I may do that when I get some coffee brewed. That will tell me what I need to know. Or I could call the county road shed in the morning, but it's too late tonight.


The wind is howling.  It sounds like a freight train off in the distance.  It's plenty cold out there, and I'm not interested in getting out in it.  I got the chickens and the inside barn cat fed before the snow got too bad, and I am going to feed the outside barn cats and my dogs on the porch.  If  I can get them to come out of the straw house. Sometimes, when it's this cold, they just skip a meal to stay warm.



Well, the power is holding up.  I have plenty of propane, firewood if need be, food, water,  animal supplies and everything else I need.  I'll just have to wait and see what tomorrow brings.

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  1. Hang in there Harry, call for help if needed.

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    1. I expect things will be ok. I've been snowed in for almost two weeks once some years back, and this reminds me of that time but I'm hoping it was just up on the mountain tops the snow fell so heavily. That happens here a lot. Back when that happened, I tried to go down the trail in a Jeep Wagoner, in four wheel drive. About half way down, I skidded to the right. I nosed into a pine tree or I'd have gone over. Called a fellow I knew who had a wrecker, but he couldn't get up to the gate, let alone to the jeep. So it just sat there til enough snow melted for the tires to get traction so I could back off that tree. That was the last time I tried going down the trail in heavy snow with ice under it.

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  2. Hang in there Spring is coming. So far so good here the cold wasn't nearly as bad as last time but that wind was strong as you say.

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    1. It's still howling outside here at 2000. I went out on the porch and it's not snowing anymore. If tomorrow warms up it will be a non event. If it stays below freezing all day that's going to be very aggravating. If this weather keeps up another two months I'll be in the poor house, but I will have a lot of local company there. ;- )

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  3. Beautiful but cold, I know.

    Clever dogs - reckon I'd do the same if I could stay warm as opposed to full...

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    1. Dani, as long as you have everything you need, and don't have to try to go into town, it's not bad. It's 1300 on Wednesday now. Outside temperature is 17 above. As far as a I can tell from the scanner, most of the county got a light dusting of snow, but people at the higher elevations got a good bit more.
      I put the dogs food just outside their house. If I try to put it inside, they fight.

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  4. We only got about an inch but with 30 mph winds and sudden temp drop so flash freezing occurred. Some areas were ok but other highways were shut down when tractor trailers couldn't get traction on the clover leaf and flyover ramps. Lots of people driving too fast. I stayed here and worked from home. Glad you can stay put, no use chancing wrecking the car or hurting yourself.

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    1. I honestly believe that the biggest danger here in snow is other drivers. I have seen people do some dangerous things, particularly younger people in four wheel drives who are out just driving around having a good time in the snow.
      It's fortunate you can work from home so you don't have to go out in that mess. I agree with you, I'm just going to take it easy today and catch up on some paperwork.

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  5. Harry - i know that you are a man with a good head on his shoulders, but i can't help myself from saying - stay safe, stay warm and don't head out unless you really, really have to. it seems that all over north america is being hit with storms, a ton of snow and high winds. i am ok with snow but i don't like the high winds as the whole house shakes and i can't sleep. stay safe, my friend, and know that we are both thinking of you...and wishing you were closer. (i wish you were closer so that we could sip tea and chat...jambaloney wishes you were closer so that you could help him shovel the driveway - bahahahah!). lots of love buddy!

    your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Hey Kimber,

      (captaincrunch)

      it will start warming up here in March/April and you and Jambaloney can come down to thaw out and for some surfing lessons.

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    2. Hey, Kymber. I'm not going down the mountain today. I think if I could get down to the county road it would be pretty normal, but that's not happening.
      It's really cold here today. Even though it's one in the afternoon the outside temperature is 17 F right now, so the snow isn't melting. This winter has been so strange, with these successive waves of intense cold getting all the way down South. It's particularly hard on us because we don't usually have to cope with it, so we don't have the infrastructure or supplies we should have in terms of the county government.

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    3. Captain Crunch, is it warm , or at least normal down there on the beach? It's way below the norm here.

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    4. Captain - we'll be on our way...crazy Texan surfing lessons from the Master - oh sign us up - bahahahah! much love buddy!

      Harry - our weather here has been pretty crazy too! waaaay more snow than normal but at least the temps are pretty normal with only a couple of random days of real cold. stay warm and safe my friend!

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    5. Harry and the Great Kymber,

      yeah' for now the temp's normal. We got a big cold front coming in tomorrow night and that should make Friday and Saturday unusally cold for a few days.
      It will be back up to 70 degrees on Sunday and another cold front on Monday that is not predicted to be bad.

      I think this weird weather is because of solar activity 'sunspots' not being as proliferic as they are in past years.

      I could be wrong, Kymber and her husband may have left the air conditioning on up at the North Pole (Nova Scotia)

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    6. Harry

      (captiancrunch)

      that was me up above.

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  6. We have a little over an inch here. Not sure what will happen with school tomorrow.

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    1. If there's snow on the main roads here they cancel school. However, I get the feeling from listening to the scanners that most of the county got off with a dusting and school went ahead. You got enough snow to be pretty without being a pain to deal with, unless it partially melts and then refreezes.

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  7. Send some of that snow over here to us. We are dry and in a drought situation in Eastern Oregon. We need snow! Stay safe and warm....you know what you are doing after all these years.

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    1. I have been watching that new station that does weather on direct tv now that they quit showing Weather Channel. The new outfit talks about Oregon and the West a lot. They showed Folsom Lake, where I used to swim as a kid, and it was all dried up. You folks will be drinking dust come summer if there's no rain or snow. Once when I was a kid there was a drought out in California and they wouldn't give you water at restaurants unless you specifically asked for it.

      As long as nothing drives me out on to the roads I will be fine. Trying to get down the mountain today would be an act of either desperation or stupidity.

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  8. If I hadn't checked the weather today I wouldn't believe it. We are going to dip into the mid 20's till Saturday or so. Graded on the curve that is like 0 F.

    You're set up well to just stay home and watch it all unfold which is good.

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    1. That's cold for your area. Must be hard on the alligators. I think I am all set, but we are dealing with unexplored territory here. We've had times in the past when it might get below zero for a day or two, but then it warmed up. This new weather , successive waves of bone chilling cold, doesn't let the ground warm up at all. I am doing everything I need to do that I know of, but what usually gets you is something new , something you didn't think about. I hope that doesn't happen to me.

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  9. well I know its cold, and it snowed..but it sure looks pretty. Just stay warm and cozy up there.

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    1. JUGM, the hellish thing is that most people didn't get this kind of snow. I built way, way up on the mountain so I could have the views, and so my property would have national forest for three of four boundries and nobody could build right next to me. But over the years, I have wondered if I did the right thing. People told me at the time that the higher you went, the harder it was to get by when winter came. Back then, it didn't much seem to matter but I am sure the winters are worse now and since I am twice as old as I was then, they are harder to cope with anyway. I still like the views and the solitude, though.

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    1. The only thing I don't really have as much of as I like is chicken feed. If I have to I can grind up some red wheat for them. Otherwise, I have plenty of coffee, eggs and ham. I admit I hope the power stays on. Having the generator roaring outside in winter annoys me. Pioneer Preppy was saying how the sound carries out where he lives in winter, and it's the same here. With that thing going, I might as well put up a neon sign that says "here I am."

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    1. Winter is usually my favorite season. It's so tranquil and calm. But this winter has been anything but, and I'm ready for it to be over. The sooner it gets over, the sooner summer will come and I can complain about the heat, the humidity, the bugs, the snakes, and the high electric bill. ;-)

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  12. Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    we are supposed to get hammered by the same cold front on Thursday so I have been making preparations like stocking up on beer, coffee and toilet paper.

    I'm getting a coolant leak fixed in the old Toyota truck and some new headlights installed (extra bright halogens) so I can find my way around the beach late at night in the cold blowing dusty wind. I may have to change the battery. The truck came with a crummy, old, el cheapo Napa battery and I know cold can kill batteries. I prefer factory Toyota batteries or Interstate batteries.

    What kind of car batteries do they use up in the Arctic Circle around Nova Scotia??? Small nuclear power plant batteries. In that kind of weather I would have to have one of them nuke power plants off an aircraft carrier to keep me warm and toasty at night.

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    1. Strange you mention car batteries. I went out to crank my truck and my Jeep, and the Jeep wouldn't start this afternoon. I had to use a plug in "crank starter" to fire it up. I have one of those super dooper heavy duty batteries but this bitter cold, for so long, as proven too much for it. Now I'll have to buy a new one. Add that to the cost of running extra electric heat in the barn, shop and basement, and the fact that my propane heat in the main house is running full time, and it is getting to be a very expensive winter.

      You ought to keep 72 rolls of tp in your stash, CC. That's the one thing you damn sure don't want to run out of. I'm not being flippant, either. If you do, people will try to use field expedient tp like paper towels or tissues, and your septic tank will clog up. I guess it might not be so bad if you are on city sewer though.

      Hope you bought Mik or Heineken. Coors will kill you over a long period of time, you know. ;-)

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    2. Hey Harry,

      If you don't mind me throwing my two cents in worth. Pull your car battery/batteries and store them in the house, barn or somewhere much warmer than outside.

      yeah' reconnecting the battery will be a drag, but its beats spending $$$$$ on another battery.

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  13. harry:

    we are getting your snow now - hope it has let up and you are safe and sound... i am SURE you will be fine, you are always prepared - stay warm and cozy!

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    1. Hey, J. I've been following the Manor blog closely. You've gotten some good work done up there. You need to be careful with the snow shovel though. You are not old but I read that snow shoveling is one of those things that bring on heart attacks. Kymber needs you to take care of her, so don't croak out there shoveling snow. I should be ok. It's colder than I'm used to, and I wish the snow would melt off but things seem to be going ok. No big surprises yet, anyway.

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  14. Hey Harry,


    (captaincrunch)

    Heres a book you may want to check out....

    http://www.amazon.com/War-Crimes-Against-Southern-Civilians/dp/158980466X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1390261425&sr=1-1&keywords=war+crimes+against+southern+civilians

    I found it on Western Rifle Shooters Association's blog. Lots of interesting stuff over there.
    My great grandfather came from post civil war Georgia and moved to the panhandle of Texas, then to Eastern New Mexico and owned a ranch there. the family story was that the economy was bad in Georgia and the family wanted new beginnings (I wonder if there was more to the story)

    I wish I could talk to my great, great, grandfather about his service in the 42nd Infantry of the Georgia Volunteers (CSA) and my great grandfather and his early years in Georgia, during the Civil War in order to get a glimpse of what may happen in the future. I hate to sound negative but once the economy finally implodes all kinds of nasty, social and cultural demons will re-emerge like what happened in Yugoslavia in the 1990's.
    I would like to have an idea of what kind of nuts will be muckraking up trouble and for what reasons, so I can run the opposite direction.

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    1. I could spend hours telling my family stories about the Civil War. Virtually all of the males of the time were in the Army and got killed. In fact, I'm only here today because my great, great grandfather, who was crippled and lost an eye at Kennesaw, married a 21 year old girl when he was 60 something, and all of us today are the descendants of that union. When Sherman came through Georgia, my great, great grandfather on my mothers side was a teenager, about thirteen. He was delivering mail because all the men were in the Army. He was riding his mule down the road with the mail, and four Yankee cavalrymen caught him. They took his mule and the mail, but one of them gave him a pocket knife that is still in the family. He was lucky he wasn't one of the "Sherman's bummers" crowd or he would have been dead. It was more the spray of reptiles that comprised the bummers than the troops under discipline who did terrible things to civilians, though the Federals as a matter of course destroyed crops, burnt the railroad, etc. Even so, anybody with a grain of sense hid the women in the woods or fields, when the federal army came through. Sherman and Grant believed in total war, Lee and his Generals did not. Too bad, we might not have lost the war if we had played by their rules from the beginning.

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    2. Harry

      (captaincrunch)

      you should document all those stories so they don't get lost to time.

      I left other replies on this thread but I think I forgot to use my handle.

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  15. Good day to sit by the fire and read, maybe make a pot of stew.

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    1. Yes, since there's nothing I can do about the snow I figure I'll just relax and enjoy not having to feel like I need to be doing something productive.

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  16. The pictures remind me of growing up in New Hampshire. We just don't have the tree's here to make the scenery jump out like that.
    I miss that type of weather, but I also enjoy what we get. 65 yesterday, 45 today, 18 tomorrow, 60 Friday. It's probably going to snow tomorrow and since I'm not going to work I'll probably go running out in the snow and cold and just have a blast.

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    1. Be careful with your workouts. I just saw a news article on Fox about a power lifter who broke his spine when he tried to jerk too much weight up. I always think of Colorado as being snowy and frigid in the winter. I expect I watched "Jeremiah Johnson" too many times when I was in college.

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