Like a walk through the country side living on a small farm is full of daily surprises, sometimes wonderful and amazing, and other times puzzling and sad. I hope you will walk with me as I live out my dream of living on this tiny farm. You will come to know the dogs, cats, Shetland sheep and chickens that make up this farm and what goes into keeping them happy and healthy. Come and join the journey with me.

Thursday, January 18, 2007


Hi all, just a very quick post. We have experienced a devastating ice storm in this area, and from what I hear all across the midwest. The damage is unbelievable, and there are still trees, branches and power lines coming down. I am at work now, where thankfully the power has stayed on through this whole mess. The lights are flickering at the moment though. At home I have been without power since Friday evening. I am doing okay, although getting a bit weary. :-) My heat source is a wood stove, so I haven't had to modify anything in that area (just at one point my Dad had to use his chainsaw to cut out a path to the woodpile). I don't have any water because I have a well, but before the storm came I got out as much as I had containers for, and once I went back to work, I've been filling up all my buckets and hauling water everyday. The sheep don't think much of the chlorinated city water, but hopefully they will get over that! Everything in the refrig/freezer is either being eaten or thrown to the chickens as its now past keeping.

All my family seem to be coping okay, in our various homes. All of us without power at the moment in this area.

The sheep, cats, dogs and chickens, survived the falling limbs and later the bitter temps. The fences are mostly intact with some very quick repair jobs in some areas. Alot of chain saw and brush dragging work ahead once everything melts. Right now its still cold enough that there is very little melting of the ice, and what little it does, seems to cause more problems.

I have plenty of flashlights, kerosine lamps, etc, and a transistor radio. We don't expect power before next week, the destruction is that widespread. The weather is also calling for more snow this weekend. The town I work in is mostly up and running but the town I live closest to, only has a very few stores open. Its been a hard road for all of us, but I've been fortunate to be able to stay at home, whereas many have had to go to shelters in the area. Thankfully too, the roads have been passable at all times and that has saved many people more hardship.

The first picture is my side yard, woodpile to the right and whats left of my mulberry and maple trees. The second pix just gives you an idea of some of the ice buildup.

Take care all. Will keep you posted as I can.


Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Oh DEAR, Tammy! You have had the weather-related trials this winter, that's for sure. I'm glad you're safe and warm; wish you were close enough so we could lend you our generator. It kept our frig and freezer cold enough to save our food in our last outage, even though we traded off with our neighbors. God be with you!

Tammy said...

Thanks Michelle,
The worst of the weather is behind us, I think, and YAHOO, we got power yesterday about 3:00 p.m.! I cleaned my refrig. out last night with bleach water, and its sooo bright and shiny clean...and empty. It looks like brand new.
:-) I am going to start investigating generators and other options for the future.