Monday, January 16, 2017

Ice Ice Baby

Mother Nature needs to take her meds. For real. I took Friday off work because they were forecasting a wicked ice storm (Winter Storm Jupiter, in case you care). The whole week leading up to it was hype hype hype -- as in, the governor actually declared a state of emergency Thursday before anything even happened. DH is considered "essential personnel", so he has to be at work no matter what happens. With the amount of ice forecasted, there were warnings of power outages. Since we have electric heat, pretty much any time there is a threat of power outages, I stay home from work. No big deal, I accrue a shit ton of vacation every year, gotta use it for something.
Thursday I wrapped up all the work stuff that couldn't wait over my 4-day weekend, and then came home and prepped the farm. We got the generator out and ready, extra gas, and set up a propane heater as a last resort. I dragged extra hay into the barn, made sure the heater was on for the barn cats, and snuck out briefly to visit Ruby. Friday morning, I waited for the storm to arrive. And waited... and waited some more.
Patiently waiting for the icepocalypse.
Finally, around noon some precipitation started. It looked deceptively light, so I crashed out on the couch to make a dent in my DVR. Around 3, I made a walk around the property to make sure everybody was okay, and almost landed on my ass about six times. DH got off work around 4, and we debated the merits of him trying to make it home (they keep cots at the prison for weather events like this). I sent him some photos of our ice thickness, and he decided to try it. Apparently, the ice was much thicker in the city where we work, but MoDOT had been fairly on top of salting, so the roads weren't too bad (I'm SHOCKED. The last few winters MoDOT has been fairly useless).
Underwhelming....
Annoying, but underwhelming.
Saturday, DH got up extra early to head to work. I held down the fort at home (code for more catching up on my DVR, haha). I did manage to be marginally productive, as the temperatures slowly rose and the ice started melting. The most exciting thing about Saturday was the eagerly anticipated arrival of my new bridle for Ruby, a PS of Sweden knockoff I scored from a FB swap site.
Of course, this meant Ruby had to spend some time modeling it when I went out to the barn to do chores. The noseband is comically large, but I think if I punch some holes in it and trim the excess leather, it'll be just right! I will be taking the flash and probably the throatlatch off, I just wanted to mess with all the pieces.
Also seemed like the perfect time to pull out my ME boots again!
The massive amounts of precipitation makes riding outside in the near future unlikely (boo), but at least we didn't have any power outages or major shenanigans from the ice storm!

14 comments:

  1. Ugh boo ice storms. The one we had here a couple weeks ago ended up being way worse than expected (even tho they took the forecasts pretty seriously, it just lasted longer and melted slower than everyone thought) and now ppl kinda freak out at the hint of freezing rain in the forecast. Crazy weather. Glad you didn't lose power!

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    1. Yeah Missouri got a pretty bad one the weekend we left for Puerto Rico so IDK if this was just a knee-jerk reaction to that? But it really wasn't nearly as bad as we prepared for (no complaints, I didn't really want to be stuck at home with no power).

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  2. wah i want temps above freezing

    also my epic netflix marathons are probably unrivaled in the first world. move over leah's dvr session.

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    1. Supposed to get up to 55 today! But... it's raining so much we need an ark... haha.

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    1. Getting plenty of lazy time in during the winter is no problem for me.... haha.

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  4. We literally got nothing. 😑

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    1. Haha and everyone canceled schools and closed businesses! So crazy.

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  5. I think the frost we got last night might rival your icepocolyse. Haha! ;)

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  6. I love the bridle on her! I think I'll be taking my flash and throatlatch off, too, but I do like the option of having it for competitions.

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    1. Thank you, I do too! Still need to punch holes in the noseband haha but obviously it works for now.

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