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Thursday, February 03 2011

I have a much better understanding of that phrase now. Guess what happens when you don't leave the faucets dripping . . .

 . . . the well freezes. Pipes freeze. I get an education in plumbing.

Other Half and I did a great deal of shouting and pointing fingers at each other yesterday.  A good bit of the morning was spent with a hair dryer under a horse blanket trying to thaw out the well.  God smiled on our efforts (and probably laughed too.) and blessed us with running water once again.  Mom's pier and beam house is still a problem because the pipes run underneath the house and APPARENTLY those suckers aren't insulated well enough for 24 degree temperatures. But eventually we got water running in her house again too. The Cow House is okay though.  Evidently Son has a better understanding of "LEAVE THE FAUCETS DRIPPING" than I do.

The temperatures are a bit higher today, but they are calling for freezing rain and snow this afternoon.  Eegaads! We need to shuffle animals. Haul more hay.  Break the ice in the tanks. Haul water to the barn.  Buy another ton of cow feed.  (and unload it!)

It looks like it's going to be a long day.

Here is a list of things I'm thankful for:

Thank you, Lord, for running water.
Thank you, Lord, for electricity.
Thank you, Lord, for hair dryers, horse blankets, and men who know how to use them.
Thank you, Lord, for a Boss who understands the words . . .

"I might be late. I might not even make it in" and then says, "Take the day off and do what you need to do."

Now at this point, I know my Northern neighbors are laughing.  But HEY!  It doesn't get this cold in South Texas!  We don't know how to handle it here! There are rolling blackouts over the whole state!  Perhaps I should have noticed when the horses began to look like caterpillars . . .


 Yep, maybe I should have noticed that,


. . . because this is probably what they will look like tomorrow. . .

Posted by: forensicfarmgirl AT 09:21 am   |  Permalink   |  3 Comments  |  Email
Our well head was frozen yesterday. We've got it, the pool equipment, and the sprinkler system riser---all under tarps and trouble lights. It's amazing how much heat an incandescent lightbulb will put out. My chickens are in the garage for the 2nd day and will probably be there until the temps are in the 30s again (Friday afternoon??)/ Stay warm. Keep those lambs warm. A friend lost a doe and kid last night in our 16* temps.
Posted by CeeCee on 02/03/2011 - 10:41 AM
It's funny how things have different meanings. A dripping tap here is water waste. Mind you we have had plenty of rain in last yr. after 12 yrs of drought.
Posted by Liz (Vic Aust.) on 02/03/2011 - 05:23 PM
I KNOW! I hate the idea of wasting all that water! That's why I didn't leave it dripping enough that night. (And it bit me in the butt!) The sad thing is that while I have to leave two faucets in the house dripping, the water to the barn is turned off, so I'm wasting water in one building and having to HAUL water to the other building. GRRR . . .
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 02/04/2011 - 06:47 PM

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