Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A little night "music"

Last night the wind roared across the mountain. I lost power so many times that I simply stopped resetting the clocks. It’s easier just to wait until the wind dies down sometime tonight. Hopefully by then the power will stay on.

Fortunately, the trees in the forest are so far staying upright. This morning I picked up various branches and limbs—mostly long dead—that littered the driveway. With a temperature hovering around 20 degrees, a 40 mph wind makes for quite a wind chill. Suffice it to say that neither I nor the dogs were interested in a long walk this morning.

The chickens are pretty much under the cabin for the winter and seem to be doing well, though it’s weather like this that makes me glad I’m not a chicken. I’ve placed tarps over their pen, which I hope blocks the worst of the wind. In the years when I did a lot of winter backpacking in below zero weather, I was always surprised at how well a thin nylon tent (and a good sleeping bag) kept me cozy inside. Still, I’m sure all of us will be happier when the wind dies down.


Cicero Sings said...

I'm sure happy for our cozy house. We've been reading about the early settlers and oh my but we have it easy. I'm happy I was born when I was born and where I was born!! Amazing how much difference even a small breeze makes when the temps are cold!

Cathy said...

The wind roar up here all day. Right now, at 7:23pm, it's 8F out. At work, the heat pretty much ran all day. Not looking forward to the weather at the end of the week. Looks like a mixed bag of wintry mess.

Spring is only 81 days away.

Woodswalker said...

So you're having these howling winds too? Brrrrrr! I was out for a walk today and my face felt like stone. Stay warm.

Pablo said...

I guess only about three more months of this and you'll be free of the cold and the wind and the madness.

Carolyn H said...

Cathy: This morning was a toasty 15 degrees and NO wind. It felt wonderful.

Carolyn H.

Carolyn H said...

Woodswalker: My poor dogs didn't get much of a walk yesterday. Even the snowboarding pants and parka couldn't keep that wind out.

Carolyn H.

Carolyn H said...

pablo: The winter can stay. That wind has to go!

Carolyn h.