Sunday, February 20, 2011
Shoulda known better......
Well it WAS a nice break.....for one day. By evening the wind had picked up, by nightfall it was blowing so hard I didnt even try to feed hay (I had fed heavy that morning when it was 55 degrees and still...) By midnight wind gusts of over 58 mph were recorded at the Rochester International Airport. The wind was blowing so hard our house was literally shuttering, as we sit quite high with two stories and a half mile of open field to our west, the house being the first thing the howling winds hit. Needless to say we all spent the night on various couches downstairs, and I spent the night watching the barn roof and listening for that eerie rumble from several years back that torn our entire barn roof off in one solid piece, tossing it 30 feet away in the barnyard as the cows stood inside.
By 5 am I could barely see the barn light it was snowing so hard (our barn is about 150' from our house) and still blowing hard.
The cattle stood in the shelter of the barn , covered with snow, waiting for the morning feeding. Luckily I had enough sense to fill the water tank completely the day before; it sat steaming in the frigid cold.
So, you know the old adage "make hay while the sun shines" and "don't put off till tomorrow what can be done today.." Boy, are those words to live by, especially here south of Rochester NY.
Today is sunny, still, but cold (10), but another storm is at our doorstep, and a winter storm watch has been issued for us tonight and tomorrow.
Time to clean up, bed down, feed heavy and bungie everything in sight....
...where the heck did those crazy robins go, anyway?
Picture at the feeder, morning, Feb.19, 2011