Snow perspective

The freezing rain we got yesterday didn’t last long – at least not here. I was expecting the heaviest part of the system to be pushed to the south of us, but instead it was to the north of us, and they got quite a bit more rain and ice pellets.

We were clear for a while, then it started snowing during the night. All night, apparently. It was a lot deeper than I expected, when I came out this morning!

This handsome fella gives it a bit of perspective. I had mostly cleared the cat house roof of snow previously. You can see the warm spot over the ceramic heat bulb! There’s kibble buried under there, and it looks like cats were digging for it. Considering that there was still kibble in most of the food trays, I think maybe they wanted not-frozen kibble? When I shoveled most of the snow off again, I uncovered some of the kibble, and one of the cats was immediately up there, eating kibble out of the snow/slush by the warm spot.

Another perspective shot. This is accumulated snow on the kibble house roof, not just one night. It’s deeper than the height of my kibble container.

Those popcorn containers are the handiest things. The plastic is food safe and super strong.

I had to dig out around the cat shelters before I could finish putting out the kibble and topping up the heated water bowls. The snow seemed to drift right in space in the middle, and even in front of the entry to the cat house, which is probably the most sheltered space, with two overhanging roofs to protect it.

After that, I had to dig my way out of the yard, and a path to the garage. I am so thankful for our neighbour clearing our driveway yesterday! It’s still quite passable, even with the new snow. Of course, snow blown off the garage roof drifted right in front of all the doors, so I cleared a path in front of those. We can now access the side where little Spewie is stored.

We were supposed to reach a high of -6C/21F today, but apparently we’ve already passed it. We’re supposed to cool down slowly through the night, then get a high of -14C/7F tomorrow. After that, we’ll be warming up again. Very mild and pleasant for this time of year. Previous predictions of snow over several days have changed, and now there is no new snow expected for some time. Looks like we got what was expected to fall over several days, all in one night, instead.

We never heard back about the financing for the replacement vehicle yesterday. I will wait until about noon before I try calling the garage to see of they got the answer. I suspect not getting a call means we got turned down for financing. That would be disappointing, but not surprising. The shift to long term disability and losing 40% of my husband’s income ended up messing with his credit score quite a bit – and since neither of us have credit cards, nor any debt other than dipping into my overdraft now and then, we’re not building our credit scores back up again, either.

Well, we shall see.

It sure would be nice to have a reliable vehicle again!

The Re-Farmer


4 thoughts on “Snow perspective

  1. Thx for the pro tip! I bought big plastic scoops for when I have to completely empty litter boxes. Since I can no longer carry the boxes full of litter, I scoop out about 5-10 lbs at a time (I have jumbo boxes with 20+lbs of litter in them).

    That’s a lot of snow!!

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  2. I’ll be honest here. I am glad that I live in an area where it rarely snows. Of course that means when it does people go nuts, but still. At least we don’t have to deal with the things you do. If we got even the amount of snow in the first photo two things would happen. People would swarm the stores for supplies then go into hibernation or two, the rednecks would come out to play in their four wheel drives.

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    • πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

      I hear ya!

      We used to live on the wet coast. Twice. For 8 years, we lived in Victoria, BC., then another couple years in Richmond, BC. Temperate rainforest. One year in Victoria, we got an actual snowstorm, and the city didn’t even have a plow. They had to borrow one from another town on the Island! To be fair to the drivers, though, there were some very steep hills that even a small amount of snow dangerous. The naval dockyards actually had to shut down at times, because the road in was so steep, it was almost impossible to drive up it.

      One major benefit to living out here, though, is the drier climate is much better on my osteo. Another is that it’s actually easier to warm up. When we moved to Richmond, I discovered I’d developed osteo because I soon was in so much pain, I could barely walk. And the damp cold would seep down to the bones, no matter how many layers. Even soaking in a hot bath couldn’t quite chase the chill away. I’ve never had either extreme since moving back to the prairies.


      • When I lived in Louisiana, there came up an ice storm. Not one that would have been serious here, but because they were so unaccustomed to it, everything shut down. I could see the I10 bridge from my apartment window and watched trucks trying and failing to cross that bridge. To be fair, it is very steep.
        I have never dealt well with cold temperatures. The cold we had last week had me dressed in some many layers it wasn’t, but was, funny.

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