With Snow Comes Cold

Farm life in the winter doesn’t stop needing to be outside.  Remote.  Miles from anywhere.  You need to take care of the needs yourself.  It’s far from being rugged or individual, let alone rugged individualism.  If anything winter shows up the need for community.  You plow your road so that you can go see others and so that others may come and see you!

With both tractors laid up and eight inches of snow here yesterday we needed to re-rig an old snow plow blade to work with a hand cranked winch, which was bought many years ago just for this, but was never installed because of the presence of the tractors.

Not much of a welder I can make two pieces of steel stick, which is what I did today being snow bound (no getting out of here to go to church).  A pickup here has a front receiver mount. Electric winches wear out every couple of years so we thought to switch to a hand-cranked mount.  The new winch was welded onto a spare receiver, the hand crank cut and re-drilled to clear the front bumper, the blade was mounted, and the half mile lane plowed out.  It worked well.  The wind is howling outside tonight; the lane will need to be re-plowed tomorrow for Carol to get to school to teach…

A new cat house was also gotten out last night.  Using a plastic barrel a plywood hinged door was mounted where the top had been.  It was wired inside with a socket and a 50 watt rough duty light bulb screwed in.  Placing my hand inside there is a substantial difference in air temperature.  Today the cat lay in there all day asleep and will probably do so until the wind lets up.  Do I blame her?  She doesn’t seem to mind that the light is on 24 hours a day…she’s not paying the bill…

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…and a beautiful, although bitter sunset this evening.  It’s unlikely that this snow will be leaving us before March or April…

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