Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Snowed

I'M BACK!
Sorry about the few days of M.I.A but we had our first silly slick wet icey snow storm here in the mountains, and well, my particular spot is much like a frozen Yukon. I got more snow then any one else in the area, and despite 60 degree weather now some ice patches still remain up here at the Luck Cabin. The electricity came and went and came back again, my running water in the house went and came back... then my internet went away and didn't come back till this morning.
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'No electricity' is not too bad in the snow for me because I have a wood stove that keeps me warm, i can cook on it and heat up water. The pipes freezing in my cabin sucks, but I have a non electric pump outside that won't freeze and holds water underground so I always have my spring water.
No internet though... UHG. I missed contact with the outside world. It's only natural, biological, historical and human. At least I have my animals....
JuJu was not a fan of the thicker, deeper snow. Neither were the chickens. Neither was I. The animals stayed in the mini barn for shelter and warmth.
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COOL TRICK FOR 'HEATING' BARN STALLS::: I read in my Donkey Companion book that keeping some donkey poop in their stall mixed with the wood shaving or hay actually helps keep it warm in the winter due to the heat produced by the composting process. I knew that alot of heat is produced by composting, but I wasn't sure it would really work in this application. But I found that JuJu's stall was warmer then outside. :)

Xoxoxo

7 comments:

kirk said...

good to hear you are still out there--we have some light dustings of snow up in the mountains but none down by the river where my place is.

Leslie's Gone Oko said...

Kirk!
Lucky you. Everyone else around here only got flurries. I was plopping slushing around in at least 7 inches... those were the inches that stuck. Sometimes those inches also tripped me while carrying buckets of water.
Bah Humbug on the snow! ;)

Jenn said...

hi there! where do you live? im in east avl and have nothing but a few flurries on saturday night. it hardly stuck! im pouting profusely,i desperately want snow, love it!!

jason said...

Your cabin looks awesome. You can always melt snow too. My cabin in the mountains only has a fireplace and I can't even keep jugs of water unfrozen overnight in the winter haha. I'm not up there all the time though.

Leslie's Gone Oko said...

Hey Jenn...
SO glad you like the snow, Can I appoint you my personal winter time cheerleader? I will need some reminding of winter love especially around february!
I live in Luck, a lil part of Hot Springs... i think the particular ridge I am on gets alot of snowfall, all year it is usually 5 degrees or more colder then everyone else.
You must have fallen in love with last winter?

Jason!
Good reminder about melting snow :))
Last year when the power went out for a long long time, and everything broke in the bad winter storms I learned the simple trick of the hot water heater holding bunches of water... AND my favorite was using the ice and snow outside to fridgerate my food.
I also used the roughness of the snow to scrub dishes clean.
---my cabin gets chilly when it drops under 30 degrees, but while i have the wood stove cranking during the day it pretty warm even thoough the walls don't have insulation! Where's your cabin? What mountain?

jason said...

Mountains here in Colorado. It's a family cabin that I've spent time at since I was a baby. One of my happiest places. It's supposed to snow here tonight, hoping to go snow tracking with a friend tomorrow. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Les, Anonymous neighbor here again, Damn I'm gona get me one of them fancy pants names one day. I was up on Sam's gap. Going to Tn. Called the client and told them I was not going to make it. Spent all day hiking the App trail that crosses the road. Most I measured was 11 inches at the top of the little rise behind Sam's Knob. I like the first Snow and the last snow of the season too. The others suck tho. Take care. Anonymous neighbor.