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Friday, December 21, 2012

Still here.

I did, however, believe this morning at 2A that we would be blown off the planet and out into the cosmos.  Gale force winds ripped the plastic off the hoops and managed to pull the iron rebar posts straight out of the ground - my compost bins were scattered, limbs were down, BUT, contrary to recent events, all of the Guineas were in the coop.  They must know their weather, since for the first time in days, all six were huddled on the roost inside last night. 

It was ever so much fun to do chores in the cold, torrential, horizontal rain.  As I struggled against the wind, trying to keep a firm grasp on both the feed bucket and the hay, three furry noses poked out from the shed.  That was all that emerged.  So it was breakfast in bed this morning for the woolies.  When I opened the chicken door, the chickens and Pearlies all ran out, then slammed on the brakes and ran back in.  I decided to harvest some of the Swiss chard since the cover was off, I was already soaking wet, and I wouldn't be able to get the plastic back on until tomorrow morning - it may all be dead by then.

My trip into work this morning was ... interesting.  Trees were down, limbs were down, power outages darkened traffic lights.  There were three detours - which made me happy that I had taken the time over the years to develop alternative routes.  I needed them all this morning.

I would say that the Mayan calendar went out with a bang, and the Winter Solstice started with the same.  I am glad that it was rain and not snow, but - wait!  If it had been snow, I could have stayed home!  I hope all of you in the path of the storm are safe and snug at home.

10 comments:

  1. Wow. You think that maybe there's actually something with the Guineas and weather forecasting?? I mean, they have a stinking overweight rodent predicting the coming of spring, maybe Guineas are storm foretellers?

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    1. Carolyn - Wouldn't that be a hoot? Of course, they are not as low key as the rodent. You'd have to wear ear plugs.

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  2. Hopefully there will not be any snow til you get back home. Stay safe, stay warm and Merry Christmas.

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    1. TL - So far, just rain. But the temps are supposed to plummet this afternoon. Oooh. I can't wait...hahaha.

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  3. Yes it was windy here too. I am not a fan of wind. But if that is what it takes to get the birds back in the coop may I suggest a commerical fan ;)

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    1. Jane - How about the threat of a commercial fan? They seem to sense the coming weather. I'm hoping I don't go home to downed trees, although I won't know about it until tomorrow. Damn these short days....

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    2. Glad you're all ok. Storm damage always stinks!

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  4. Nancy - I am hoping I won't have any "surprises" in the morning. And I would bet the Pearlies are tucked in the coop tonight. Looks like I will have to add clean-up to my weekend list!

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  5. Stinkin' wind! I hope you make it home in one piece and that there isn't too much damage to clean up this weekend! I guess you need to start taking note of the Guineas' behavior in lieu of watching the weather report. ;)

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  6. Susan,

    While in TX at my parents home trees were falling down, the winds were terrible. When I returned home, several roof shingles were blown off the roof. We were luck, several others were not. Be careful over the holidays, several storms are expected.

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