Time has really gotten away from me. The end of 2016, a new year, and now it’s nearly halfway through February without a single post! I have definitely been back sliding when it comes to my blog.
This winter has been among a few historic winters in the NW part of Oregon. Portland saw 12 inches of snow that stayed around for a week with temperatures lingering in the 20’s. (For the record, I never saw that much snow here in the foothills of the Cascade Range. We experienced a few weather inversions which spared us about an additional 6 inches of snow). We’ve had a few good wind storms that knocked out the power a time or two. 12+ hours without power in my tiny house proved to be a challenge. I have all my camping gear, so cooking wasn’t an issue, nor was lighting. However, my cozy little cabin lingered around 45-50 degrees for much of the day. For the future, I have purchased a small space heater. We have to run a generator for the well pump so there is water for the farm. It would take nothing at all for me to run an extension cord from the generator to my tiny house, and in the future, I should be warm in such circumstances.
I believe there have been at least 4 different snow events this winter. Each time, it put 4-6 inches of snow on the ground, and each time, the snow remained for the better part of a week. The road by me is never plowed or sanded, so I have chosen to stay put while snow is still on the roads, declaring myself snow bound. Others definitely get out and about on the roads, but with my newer Toyota Prius, I never felt confident to drive on the icy snow packed roads. My philosophy is: If I don’t have anywhere I have to be, I might as well stay home. That served me quite well this winter, and given only 5-7 day increments at a time, I didn’t feel at all stir crazy.
The farm is a beautiful winter wonderland during the snows. The one upside to the cold weather, is that the ground would freeze, and that meant you didn’t sink into 6-8 inches of mud while feeding the animals. The downside, is that some of the waterers either need an adjustment of their thermostat, or a new heating element, as a few of them were freezing over. Smashing ice and replenishing water made for additional time and energy when feeding.
So, here we are into February, and I can honestly say, I have been delighted to enjoy snow this winter, and I can also say, I’m good now. I don’t need to see anymore snow until next winter.
I will be making a trip back to Tennessee in a week, which will be my first visit back since leaving there the first of June. It will be good to see friends and visit. In nicer weather, I wouldn’t mind making a road trip that direction and staying awhile, but that is for sometime in the future.
My snug little cabin. The only time it wasn’t snug, is when we lost power for 12 hrs. It became pretty chilly, but it was still cozy inside.
These pictures were taken during and after the first of three big snow falls. I love how beautiful everything looks when the sun comes out, as in this last picture.