Wind and Hope in a Bucket


Proper Plowing Protection

I don’t always wear my shorts. There are days when the weather and activities demand a bit more protection. When working outdoors one can normally turn away from the wind and driving ice crystals. But when plowing I can’t turn my face away. The solution is to virtually cover myself to avoid frost bite from the chilling winds.

This winter I got a new face mask made of polar fleece. Very warm although it does squash my nose down a bit. After a while it did stretch after and was much more comfortable. I also have some goggles but couldn’t find them the last day I plowed. With it being so cold I skipped wearing my glasses since the rims are made of metal and cold freeze to my face.

The big bushy eyebrows are required attire, although Holly keeps trimming them down so I don’t look too shaggy.


Bigger Better Bucket

Here Hope is posing in front of a slightly larger bucket to give some perspective. That bucket is about 4′ tall, almost as tall as my half cubic-yard bucket is wide! I think it may be 12′ to 16′ wide. This is at the grocery store in Bradford, VT where the frozen falls are fixed each winter. My photo of the frozen falls was bought for use by the Canadian government to illustrate their booklet on dam safety. Pretty, er, cool.

Outdoors: 50°F/18°F Sunny
Farm House: 32°F/30°F
Tiny Cottage: 66°F/62°F Spring Melt has begun

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5 Responses to Wind and Hope in a Bucket

  1. warren says:

    Egads! The sheer size of the yellow bigger better bucket scares me! That means too much snow!!!

  2. Zambini says:

    Coming out of “lurking” mode to thank you for posting that. It reminds me why my husband and I are not heading too far back North and East when we sell our Ozark Paradise. That snow and cold is something you don’t easily forget. Glad you have the face mask and the eyebrows for protection!

  3. The good news is the winters kill the alligators and all but the toughest politicians. :)

  4. Zambini says:

    The neighbors’ dogs (remember, middle of nowhere and still neighbors’ dogs come calling) get all the alligators here, and many of the chickens. But, I could send you a few of our politicians to take care of with that cold! Thanks for making me laugh today. I needed that.

  5. Mellifera says:

    When we first moved to Wisconsin, we drove past a county yard full of snowplows. Not your normal snowplows, or even like that one in the picture. Prairie Queen snowplows. Sodbusters, only bright-yellow and eight feet tall. We were… alarmed.

    But as we discovered, “the cold keeps out the riffraff.” Now I’ve gone down to Florida for school and am finding out where they all went.

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