Weeeellll what can I say, this has definitely been the strangest winter that I have experienced since coming here 6 years ago.
When we get our worst weather it always comes out of the east and this storm has come from that direction with a vengeance. It only happens once or twice a year that it will blow rain or snow from this side but the problem is that it takes the snow directly onto the porche on the front of our house which has a storm door that is missing and hasnt been replaced. It is sitting waiting for someone to come and install it. We were hoping that would happen before this storm hit, it didnt, so now my whole porche is filled with snow up to the front door. Also my old barn doesnt have the sliding doors that the new one does so I just have a tarp over the door which has seen better times and because the wind is so strong every little nook and cranny has become a snow filter which has resulted in half the inside of that barn being under a few inches of snow too. Luckily two of the horses havent been affected and the third one only slightly with half of her stall being under snow. At least they are out of the wind which I am glad of. The winds have reached 40 mph and the snow drifts are half way up my thighs in some places. That is the problem when there is wind and snow, in some places there is no snow but then it banks up where there is a tree, vehicle or some obstruction and can get to be very deep. Tomorrow if the wind dies I will try to photograph some of the drifts. In front of both barns I had to wade through drifts thigh deep to get to the doorways. I think I would have preferred the 16" of just falling snow without the wind, at least that doesnt seep into every crack and corner.
Well that is my vent for the day. We are going to stay cold for a few more days at least. I have posted two shots that I took through the kitchen window because if I tried to open the window or take the camera outside it was impossible to shoot with the wind. They dont really show how bad it was but the one is looking out over our field and the other is looking towards two of the neighbors, one of which was plowing his drive.
I am pretty down today so please forgive me I promise I will try to find something positive to portray out of this miss and will be in a better mood.
Hope you are all well and everyone who is experiencing this same story is safe and warm.