Well it looks like this will be another day without working outside as a ice storm is headed this way. Last time there was an ice storm in this area a few years before we moved here there was wide spread power outages, some lasting a couple of weeks. So in a few hours we are going to be setting up some emergency water as with having a well means if there is no power you have no water.
The first thing we did this morning (well after feeding everybody of course) was to go out and cover our wood pile, just to ensure that we will have usable dry wood that isn't frozen solid. I'm going to have my son dig out the hatchet for just in case when he gets home from school. We got the wood pile covered with one of the tarps we bought to keep cement dry, as when we start buying it we will be buying in small amounts till we have enough to work on the house with.
We're making up a "vat" of chili which will be good if the power goes out as we could set it on the wood burner to keep hot for us to eat as needed. The only concern I will have if the power goes out will be the water issue as we don't have enough things to store water in for emergencies right now. I'm going to be using my sugar bucket as there is no sugar in it right now.
With the possibilities this brings, it has one more. That one is that the kids may not have school tomorrow, which would be annoying as they had Monday off of school for President's day. From what it appears as I sit here watching the radar for the last couple of hours the storm seems to be moving a tad faster than the weather men said it would and I believe it will be here in the next couple of hours. Which doesn't bother me aside from wondering how easily the kids will be coming home. As the school calls off days when there is a tiny bit of snow, as they do not think the buses can handle the dirt roads in the bad weather. So it makes me wonder.
I know when we lived in New York there was not as much trouble getting the kids to or from school in bad weather. Those buses had chains that are always on the bus, they just descend when needed and attach tot he tires then. When not needed they detach and go back into their "holding" area. These buses here don't have them, so I wonder if it starts to get bad will they call home requesting parents pick up their kids up or will they close early after watching the radar and send them via bus?
Well I have to go out and check on the chickens before this gets here, have a good day all and stay warm!
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