Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Snowmagedden Is Officially Over

When the wind chill is -47 there just isn't enough coffee . . .

Duty called early this week though it was short lived.  I had  military arctic gear to wear, that makes me look like one of the guys that gets killed off first in "The Thing", but it's warm.  But when you're thinking kevlar more for the warming ability rather than ballistics, it's just a good day to stay home.

Hope you all survived the weather, whole and warm.  It hit 30 today and the parking lots are giant slushees, so I think it's officially over, or will be when Tam makes it back safely home to Broad Ripple.

As for me, I don't have duty for over 12 hours away and there is a dram of Glenlivet Nadurra with my name on it.

Brigid

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  1. We survived here, I just had a guy bring another roll of hay for the steers. Spring can't come soon enough, I need some grass to start growing.

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  2. Sounds tasty. I hope you have some quality dark chocolate to accompany the Glenlivet.

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  3. Sunnybrook Farm - I'm glad you are faring all right.

    Monkeywrangler - indeed I do. You can't have one without the other.

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  4. I pictured all of you back there with a straw directly in the coffee pot - to pour it would just turn it into ice coffee.

    Hope everyone's pipes survived, too.

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  5. naturegirl - when I got back, all was deathly silent, the whole landscape frozen. Then the next morning, as the temps rose above zero, the peeps of just a few birds outside. I got a bag of seed and spread it on my porch, which is covered, as well as a little shallow pan of warmish water. They were leery, it being so close to the house, but they came in for sustenance.

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  6. We survived. (It just got bitterly cold.)

    One of the pipes in our kitchen did not.

    Yay for homeowner's insurance!

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  7. Life was a real bitch around here too Brigid. We actually got down into the high 40s a few nights ago, I had to use a blanket.

    Spent a few days in Death Valley NP around New Years, actually had to put the Jeep in 4WD. There must have been 9" of snow in a few of the mountain canyons that we were exploring. BRRRRRR.

    Actually, I have been watching all of the frigid weather on the news and hoping that it wasn't too bad for all who live back there. I'm glad that you came through it without losing any digits to frostbite. Happy New Year.

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  8. I am usually in such awe of that kind of silence - utter stillness. But it does make me worry with no critter noises. I don't know how they don't freeze to death, just based on their tiny sizes let alone not enough layers (LOL). Nice to hear you helped a few of them through :)

    I read an article about Hell (Michigan) freezing over. I thought Oh, oh; people who've used that expression are in trouble now. LOL.

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  9. Now all you need is a slight dip in temperature to turn the Slushees into skating rinks :)

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  10. Glad you survived the arctic blast with no ill effects; it wasn't pretty there, for awhile.

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  12. Stay warm, the weather has been difficult lately. Sunday before the super cold got here my wife and I were adding more insulation to the chicken coop, set up wind breaks, and stacked straw bales around outside walls. Outside got to -6, but only got to 13 inside the coop, and all birds were OK. The weather has also delayed my Christmas present to my wife. I'm building her an 8 stall barn with hayloft so she can quit boarding her pets. I hope to have 4 stalls ready in 2 weeks. The only day I haven't worked on it was when it never got above zero. Gloves warm enough were too thick to accomplish much, first time I've dug out my arctic gear in years.

    Ex-nuke.

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  13. We survived the Polar Vortex but wasn't quite as cold as your area. We got down to -10*

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  14. Dug my USAF arctic flight gear out of storage last week, too. I looked silly, but at -20F, I was also WARM.

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