Snowed in…well more like drifted in!
All barn projects and plans came to a halt this week because we had to spend our project time digging ourselves out of a big snow drift. After 18 inches of snow accumulated last week we had a full day and night of major wind, which caused a 5 foot high, by 20 feet long snow drift to form right down our driveway. Then, of all crazy weather events, it stared to rain. It NEVER rains here in January. It rained for hours and hours, but it was cold, so it formed a nice ice crust on the already packed drift. Mtn Man, Young Man, and two other men with shovels and a snow plow worked on digging out the drift for over two hours. When they were done we had a way to get through the driveway, but it was a very narrow cut and had 5-7 ft high walls of snow on each side. There was no way that the propane truck was going to be able to get through to bring us our propane for heating.
So they let it sit a few days in the warmer temperatures that we were getting (in the 30sF), and then it got snowed on again – about 4 inches, and then more melted again. Finally, yesterday they were able to go back at it. This time there was three of them and it took another couple hours with shovels and the plow. They were able to make the cut much wider and clean up the whole area so the road is much better now. They also did some digging and installed a snow break fence right along that area so that if we have this snow-and-then-wind weather pattern again we hopefully wont end up with another bad drift.
Soap Making Time
We haven’t made soap in SO long. Way too long. We were having to buy it at the store (gasp!) :-). So it was time to finally get to it.
So we have over 20 bars curing now. They are a lavender scent blend with lavender flowers in them, and they smell amazing.
We had a birthday recently and it was requested that I make a cake that looks just like our indoor cat, Mo. So I gave it a go and think it turned out really good.
And speaking of cats, the 3 barn kitties have been spending most of their time tucked up in the hay loft during all this deep snow and cold temps…who would blame them? When we go to do chores they hang out above us, watching and waiting to be fed.