Sunday, October 5, 2014
When in danger, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout!
The new Survivors Edge (issue 2) was on the newsstands this week in town. I picked up a copy in the midst of the gyrations we have been going through here, and though I've only read part of the magazine it was pretty good so far. One particular article on the progression of events after a significant periods of "societal down time" I thought was very interesting.
We got some very cold weather this week, temperatures near freezing with icy winds blowing . This followed in a massive storm front with spectacular rain and lightning. Saturday morning I went into town very early, before dawn, and nearly froze myself because I hadn't anticipated the wind being as cutting as it was.
Today we built the annual dog winter bunker. I've never had to build one this early in the year, not even last year. Wheat straw has gone up from $4.97 last year to $5.97 this year (plus tax) so it cost us nearly $100.00 for the straw. We had to buy more bales because my wife insisted we add on a compartment for the cats. Last year one of her cats went out into the meadow during all that sub zero weather, sat down in the snow, and just froze to death. The cat could have stayed in the barn, in the hay there, or gone into the dog bunker. Maybe she was senile, she was a very old cat. At any rate, this year we built the bunker on the front porch, instead of out under the eves on the barn. The cats get fed on the front porch, so the hope is they will just go into the straw house. I'll try to take a picture and post it tomorrow, I do think this one looks a lot more efficiently built than last years.
I spent two days of this last week doing repairs that needed attention. I've spent a bundle on lumber, deck screws, etc but I have a feeling the good working days are about over.
We are about ready. The supply rooms are well stocked, the propane tanks are full, the generator is tested and I have plenty of off road diesel, plus I am keeping my 38 gallon tanks full on the truck (with the more expensive on road, but it's still there.) I have plenty of oak wood, split and stacked. I think we are about as ready for the onset of winter as we can be, and if it does come early and stay, it won't be fun but it won't be disastrous.