I hope this finds those of you who have been snowed in and iced over, thawed out and plugged in with heat and water again. As storms go, we fared well. We had snow and ice and wind for 5 days and one morning with rolling power outages, but not a big deal. We have a gas stove, lanterns, and plenty of quilts. 😉 DH's winterizing paid off and we left faucets dripping when the temperatures plunged to 0°. On Wednesday we had a leak at an outside faucet that is set up for the crew to wash their hands:
It was wrapped, but on a ranch, things wear out, storm or no storm, and this faucet had lots of age on it, so we dug:
DH does a lot of fixing around here:
DH fussed because the dirt around the faucet was mixed with rocks -not naturally - someone had filled the hole with rocks at some point. We've been here for 16 years so it was before that and it made for a challenging fix, but we're good to go now:
We'll move the rock pile in a day or two. The storm dumped about 6-7" in a 3 day time frame and we welcomed every flake that fell on this drought ravaged land, Skeet welcomed it too:
We just had a few inches when I took these shots:
I didn't take a lot of pictures because we were pretty busy working, but although Skeet is always on the job, he also reminds us to fit a little playtime into every day:
DH and I made a trip to the farm store on Thursday morning for some feed:
And for plumbing parts:
There are at least a couple hundred miles of pipeline on the ranch and leaks are just part of ranch life in general, but when things thaw out after winter storms, we always know to expect a few more.
Come chore time, my chariot awaits!
Skeet loves it too and everyone needs a sidekick to help with chores:
A few months ago we got this Ranger and it sure is handy to zip around in and out of the pens filling bunks every evening:
My little doggie calf is settling in well and follows me around like a puppy.
I let her out of her pen sometimes to romp and play:
I feed her 3x a day and Skeet is always there as part of the support team - he adores her and after the storm, we're all glad to be spending time in the sun: