Hope for Winter


There is still hope for winter. It has been extremely dry this year and rather warm to boot so we have only a little snow but this week we got another foot. The kids would like to be out snowboarding but the high winds have made that less than appealing. Even the big pigs and the sheep have tended to stay in their dens rather than wandering out onto the snow covered pastures.

With these winds I have been surprised we did not lose power. My guess is the other two big wind storms we had this fall and last month cleaned out the deadwood that would otherwise fall on the power and phone lines. The utility companies have complained after each storm about how they had to spend millions of dollars to repair the damage from falling trees. What I don’t understand is why they don’t put the wires underground. Yes, it would be more expensive initially but they would save money in the long run and provide better service. I asked some questions of our electric coop and gleaned some info from their newsletter to come up with an estimated payback period of 15 years or less.

On the other hand, at this point encouraging people to go independent with solar panels and other forms of micro-generation may be a far better solution. That is my own goal.

Tuesday: 12°F/-12°F, 3″ Light snow flurries, Sunny, High Winds
Wednesday: 14°F/-6°F, 1″ Light snow flurries, Sunny, High Winds
Thursday: 14°F/-5°F, 1/2″ Light snow flurries, Sunny

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8 Responses to Hope for Winter

  1. Leslie says:

    Walter, what do the pigs and sheep eat this time of year? Are they able to graze any pasture at all, with so much snow on the ground? And what do they do when the weather gets bad and they hole up in their dens? Do the feeding procedures change at all while they’re hunkered down?

  2. There is hay which we buy primarily in round bales as well as a few square bales. On very windy days like this they tend to just eat the hay and milk, cheese and bread we feed them. In addition to that during nicer weather they go out on pasture to chew on the brush poking up through the snow. With the light snow cover this year they are able to get to lots of brush. That’s great as it helps to clear the pastures. The winds have died down now (about 11 am) and the sun is shining so they are heading out into the fields.

  3. pablo says:

    Out in suburbia where I live, all of the lines (power, phone, cable) are underground, which has meant that in the last 20 years, we’ve only had one sustained power outage. Of course, that time I drove a shovel through my neighbor’s phone line shouldn’t count, should it?

  4. You are very lucky Pablo. I wish the power company would do that around here. The funny thing is our itty-bitty-teeny-tiny telephone company (1,800 customers in about 10 towns) does bury its phone lines. If they can do it the power company should. The phone guys say it saves them a lot of hassle once it is in.

  5. Ada says:

    Somehow I’m jealous of the fact that you can live in freedom and life while I’m mired in suburbia.

    Also Kita is the scariest cute dog I’ve ever seen. Or cutest scary dog. Whichever comes first.

  6. Adalmin, what is it that mires you in suburbia? Can you work out a plan for getting unstuck?

  7. Ada says:

    Schooling, haha. I’m working on it, but until I earn enough cash to buy a Grecian villa, nada, zip, zilch. =D I’m still a kid.

  8. Evelyn says:

    Adamlin (Gone by now but to others),
    NOW is the time to act! I started saving for my retirement when I was 9 yrs old. (Long story, saw people who lived high on the hog & then got put on the street.) I picked up pennies, soda bottles, all sorts of stuff. I was single provider for 4 kids & still managed to invest for retirement. I retired at 45. After that, I found out how awful our commercial meat supply is & decided to get a farm. Now, I'm closing up business in town & moving across the country to the farm I bought. Taking a few years to do w/out loosing $$. But, if you don't start now, in 10 yrs, you'll still be 10 yrs older…. wether you're better prepared for what comes your way or not. :)

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