Posted on Monday, March 03, 2014
Ice Then Snow
We had received warnings for a day or two about a winter storm coming
through, so we had went to the grocery and to the wood shed to stock up
on food and firewood. Yesterday it began by raining off and on for about
8 hours. Then as darkness came, the temperatures dipped below freezing.
When we went to bed there was the tapping of sleet hitting the windows.
I was up in the early morning for a bathroom break and I looked out the
window. The driveway was illuminated by the street light and I could see
it was covered with something. When I finally made my way to the living
room and daylight arrived, the ground was covered with an icy layer.
Around 9 AM snow began to fall. A little before 11 AM, I went outside
and started the Mule, then loaded Daisy in the back. We rode down the
driveway and I began taking a few pictures. The sound of the Mule riding
over the snow covered ice was a little weird, like we would bust through
at any time.
In the right hand picture above, the top of the tree that is busted off and hanging up in the air was already broken before the ice storm hit. We only had about a 1/4" of ice and the rest was snow. Probably about a 2" total. Of course, Cumberland County Schools were closed due to weather. lol. Linda received a day off that the schools will have to make up at the end of May.
Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014
Weekend's Nice Weather
We had fairly nice weather for the weekend. It was 67 degrees on
Saturday and around 60 degrees on Sunday. Pauline, Brent and their kids
came over Friday evening and stayed until Sunday afternoon. We were
outside most of the daylight hours on Saturday and quite a bit on Sunday
too. We took the tractor across the creek and brought back one of the
rejected logs from when the loggers were working on the farm. It was
hollow, so Linda wanted it made into a flower 'box'. We used the
chainsaw to cut out one side, which made it look like a canoe with holes
in both ends. After that we spent some time trying to get a big rope
over one of the limbs of the pecan tree for a swing. Of course, the rope
with a board tied on, became wedged in the tree between two limbs, and
we had to get it loose before we finally were able to get the rope in
the proper location for the swing. The kids immediately began swinging.
Sunday, we went to the gravel bar in the creek and then we threw rocks in the creek. This was something that Julie, Kyle, Brent and I have done for a long time and the kids always want to go do it. We also played Frisbee in the hay field while Daisy was running.
After lunch, Brent had wanted to do some chainsawing, so we took the tractor and the saw and went back in the 'holler' to cut up a few trees that had fallen across the branch and were blocking the trail. It was easier than I thought. We just dropped the trees on down to the ground in long sections, chained them together and drug them out of the narrow area to an open spot to cut up at a later day. Pauline and Brent went home around 3:30 PM.
Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014
Happy Valentines' Day
Brent had a simple medical procedure done at the Dr's office and needed a break from the kids jumping around, so Stacey and I headed to their house to pick up the kids. We stopped and talked with Brent and loaded up the kids' suitcases and various paraphernalia before picking up Julie and Kyle at the babysitter. We rode towards home in a steady rain and that made it tough finding a good parking spot at Wal-Mart when we stopped for a few groceries. We quickly picked up the things we needed and made the run back to the farm. Linda was home when we arrived and told Stacey that there had been a delivery for her while we were gone. Jason had the bouquet delivered to Stacey for Valentine's Day. Several of the flowers and the ribbon were Stacey's favorite color.
Posted on Sunday, February 02, 2014
Kyle's 4th Birthday
We left the farm a little before 11 AM and headed to Pauline and Brent's house to attend a birthday party for Kyle. It was his fourth. We were a little early, but soon Wyatt and Kaden came in, they were buddies from the baby sitters. Grandma Dorothy, Ashley and Shelly came by too. Pauline began the party with a game that had the kids running back and forth, putting on Batman outfits and racing with each other. They also played a hide and seek type of game before going to the dining room for cake and ice cream.
Kyle blew out the 4 candles on his 'Batman' cake, then Pauline dipped everyone ice cream to enjoy with their cake.
We all moved back to the living room when we finished with the cake and ice cream to watch as Kyle opened his birthday presents. It was hard for Julie and the other kids to keep their hands back while Kyle tore into the surprises.
Travis Tritt Concert
Jason invited Stacey to go with Stephanie, Tommy and him to see Travis
Tritt at the Plaza Theatre in Glasgow. Tommy was the driver and they all
picked Stacey up about 4:30 PM. Jason came in the house and Stacey and
he exchanged Christmas presents before leaving.
They went to Glasgow and had dinner at a new restaurant called Sidelines. Stacey said the food was good and that they had a lot of TV screens to watch while eating. Tommy drove everyone to the Plaza, parked the car and they all walked to their seats inside. Stacey said, for some reason, Tommy had to sit in the balcony while the others sat on the main floor.
Stacey said Travis put on a really good show, that he played for two hours, and then did a one song encore before leaving.
Tommy brought everyone back to Burkesville with Stacey getting home a little before midnight. The next morning she was still talking about Travis' show and the fun she had with Jason.
Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014
It began warming up last night, and then this morning it snowed. It came
down quickly and covered the ground and the highway in less than thirty
minutes. Before it quit, I'm guessing we had between 2-3 inches. Linda
and I wanted to get outside a little in the warmer weather (sarcasm), so
we put on our sweat clothes and took Daisy for a romp in the snow.
We moved her back to the barn last night, but the forecast is for more near zero temperatures about the middle of the upcoming week.
Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014
As in most of the north east part of the US, it has been bitterly cold
most of this week. I haven't seen the creek iced over this much in the
last decade. Daisy has been staying in the garage the last 3 days and
nights. I let her out in the morning for about 20 minutes, then return
her to the garage until about 10:30 AM, At that time I either take her
to her barn stall, or like today, let her run in the hay fields for a
little while. Daisy doesn't like to cross where the water has frozen.
She is a very careful dog when it comes to ice.
We made a quick trip to the back of the 'holler' today, then put the Mule back in the barn and went inside the house. Burning wood in the stove has kept the house warm, but the heat pump still kicks in as the fire dies down at night.
Send me an email by clicking the link at the bottom of this page and let me know what you're doing during this cold weather. Are you having any problems with your water or trouble staying warm?
Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014
Julie kept getting worse and Linda gave her a total of three breathing
treatments by about 6 PM, so I contacted Brent on Skype and we decided I
would take Julie home. We packed her clothes, her medicine and I drove
the Malibu with Julie riding along in the front seat. We talked the
entire trip and I monitored her breathing which was shallow and rapid.
When we went inside at Pauline and Brent's house, they immediately gave
her the medicine that we didn't have at the farm. I stayed and talked a
little while, then drove back to the farm.
The next morning, I fixed Kyle, Stacey and I breakfast. Linda just ate toast.
Once we had finished eating, I checked with Brent on how Julie had done during the night. He said she was doing better. Sunday was a little warmer than Saturday had been, so we took Daisy for a run and let Kyle throw rocks down at the creek. He hung on a low tree limb and looked like Tarzan swinging through the jungle while we were stopped. We kept thinking he was going to fall into the creek but he managed to hang on and keep dry.
Monday morning, Julie, Pauline, and Brent showed up early. We chatted for a little while then Brent and I began cleaning out the ditch between the two hay fields with the back hoe on the tractor. The girls were carrying firewood from the wood shed to the back porch. When everyone finished with their respective jobs we loaded into their Traverse and went to Albany and ate at Major's Pizza. Julie was better and she had her appetite back. They went home around 3 PM.
Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014
The Cumberland County Schools and the Edmonson County Schools were both
closed because of a possible snow storm, so I made plans with Brent to
pickup Julie and Kyle at their baby sitter's house and bring them to the
farm for the weekend. When Stacey and I left the farm, I thought maybe
it had been a bad plan because the roads were beginning to have snow
accumulation. The closer we were to Pauline and Brent's house, the
better the condition of the roads became though. We stopped at their
house and picked up their clothes and things, then went to pickup Julie
and Kyle. We chatted on the way back towards Burkesville and stopped
near Columbia for a quick sandwich. Linda was working at the school, so
I didn't want to take them to the farm hungry. Even though they said
they had ate before they left the baby sitter's house, they both ate all
of their sandwiches. It wasn't long after we arrived at the farm, Linda
came home. They played and watched a movie or two the rest of the
Julie and Kyle came out of the bed room around 6:30 AM and have been watching TV in their PJs this morning. We gave Julie a breathing treatment to reduce her coughing. She responded well to the treatment and we are planning a regular day ahead.
Posted on Thursday, January 09, 2014
Forecasters had predicted extremely cold weather for our area, so we
used the Mule and hauled firewood to the back porch. We had also went to
the grocery early Sunday morning and stocked up, so we thought we were
ready. Sunday evening it began lightly raining and was supposed to
change to snow with a total of about 3" in the Cumberland County area.
Lucky for us, most of the snow went to the north of us, so we barely had
a dusting of snow on the ground when we got out of bed Monday morning.
The temperature was dropping quickly which caused us to move Daisy out
of the barn and into the garage. We gave her food and water and I setup
a camera to monitor her movements. She mostly looked around and then
laid down near the steps. Tuesday morning we didn't have any water
pressure. The temperature had been near zero overnight. As soon as the
water company opened, I called and asked if they had a water outage on
north 61. They replied that they didn't. Dang! That meant it must have
been our pipes that had frozen. We debated on what to do. We decided to
turn up the thermostat and see if the heat pump would thaw out the pipes
under the house. We had a salamander, but I was afraid of catching the
house on fire if I placed it in the crawlspace. We had a large container
of water to drink and I filled buckets at a neighbors outside spigot to
use to flush the toilets. So we waited, all night and until noon
Wednesday. Still no water and the outside temperatures were just rising
above freezing. I had to make a trip to town, but when I came back to
the farm, I noticed the top on the water meter box wasn't there. I
stopped the car half way up the driveway and walked over to take a look.
The top of the meter box was laying down in the hole. I wondered if the
meter could have frozen, so when I went inside I called the water
company. They said that they had several meters that had frozen and they
would be out in about an hour to take a look. A little later, I saw the
water truck parked in the driveway, so I went down to see what they had
found. Sure enough, the meter had froze, the guy had it off and was
thawing it out. About a half hour later, he put the meter back in the
line and turned on our water. The toilets began filling with water and
everything worked. No busted pipes or any kind of problems. Great! I
moved Daisy back to the barn and Stacey picked up the pieces of paper
towel she had chewed up in the garage.
When I had been in town, there were a lot of horror stories where businesses and private homes had their pipes burst and flood the insides with water. Linda and I felt lucky that we were just inconvenienced for a couple days and nothing had been busted.