Well, yesterday was pretty wild as far as weather. I don't think it fit the technical definition of "blizzard," but it was still pretty durned crazy.
The wind blew hard all day, between 40 and 50 mph. I made an early-morning dash to town to mail some packages and cancel our mail delivery until Friday (our mailbox is two miles from our house, and I didn't want mail sitting for days at a time).
This is the plowed portion of the road leading to our house. It wasn't this part I was worried about; it was the two miles of unplowed road that we knew would be drifted shut by the end of the day.
This sight made me so thankful we homeschool. I wouldn't want to entrust my children to a bus on slippery icy roads!
The snowplows were out in full force! Our neighbor, who drives for the county, was roused from his bed at 4:30 am yesterday morning to keep the highways clear. Never underestimate how hard these drivers work to keep the lanes of traffic open.
Don made a futile attempt to shovel a path to the shop. I say "futile" because the wind drifted his efforts shut within minutes.
This photo was taken through a rather dirty kitchen window. I was trying to capture the drama of the whipping snow but wasn't really able to. By the way, do you see the path Don tried to shovel? Neither do I.
Ice crystals on our bedroom window.
Weeds bent over in the wind.
Here's Major, after an outdoor excursion. Needless to say, both dogs preferred to stay huddled by the fire all day, the wimps.
Toward the afternoon, the house became unusually dark because many of the windows were covered with snow.
Needless to say, our evening livestock chores were just a barrel of laughs under these conditions. Here I'm pulling the hay sled and it's being lifted off the ground into the air by the wind. I had to wedge it into the doorway of Matilda's stall to keep the door open so I could clean the stall.
The livestock huddled in the corral for shelter, since it's more protected from the wind. The dominant animals took over the barn, the less dominant animals were stuck outside.
Everyone's milling about, waiting to be fed.
The feedboxes were full of snow and far too exposed to the elements...
...so we fed in the corral, which made everyone happy.
We kept the woodstove well stoked all day long, and the girls did their schoolwork around it.
Toward evening the lights started to flicker, so I lit an oil lamp to provide illumination in case the power went out. It didn't, which surprised the heck out of me considering the strength of the wind.
Today things are much calmer. We're still getting snow, but the infernal wind has died, making conditions much more pleasant.
We have lots more snow coming in today and tomorrow, but nothing like the windy conditions of yesterday.