Thursday, February 07, 2013

Awaiting the Storm

Will It or Won't It?

There is a nor'easter on the way and no one seems quite sure just how hard it will hit us in Central New Jersey.  The forecasts call for anything from a few inches to 8+ inches of snow.  It may rain, it may snow, and we may have heavy winds.

The winds bother me, mostly because of the threat of power outages. Despite my new generator, I still do not have the well pumps hooked up, so if we do get caught, I will be stuck without water...again.  That is my only worry. I have heat and I can cook and with batter power, I  have lights.  The generator will keep the basics powered up, except for the well.

The trouble this time of year is that even if I fill up all my emergency horse tubs, what's to keep them from freezing so I can't use the stocked up water?  The good thing is that temperatures are forecast to pretty much stay above freezing for most of the time, so we may be OK.

My hay guy stocked me up today and I went to the feed store to get grain and alfalfa cubes.  I started up the tractor and ran it for a while to charge up the battery and make sure everything was working. I did not start the snowblower, but will do that tomorrow. I have some bales of hay inside the barn and my snow shovel is on the back porch.

Not much else to do except wait and see.

Just wish one of my electricians had put my job on the priority list instead of the back burner so that darn well pump would work.



  1. It seems like New England is going to get the worst of it. But, still, I'm ready for winter to be over.

    I wonder if you could plug one of those drop-in water tank de-icers into the generator to unfreeze a tub in a pinch?

    Good luck!

  2. I'm so embarrassed that we were whining today. The temperature is below 60 degrees and we had a few rain drops. Yesterday we had lunch outside on a sunny cafe terrace.
    There are low voltage heating pads for back pain and such. Can you tape one of those to the outside of your water tub? It might just make the difference.

  3. From what I see on the news you may be spared. We're going to get blasted though. Lots of snow and freezing rain, high winds etc. I'm as set as I can be with the generator and food. Our town has issued emergency warnings for the next 72 hours. I'm sure everything will be fine. It's not our first big snowstorm but I hope it will be the last for this year. Stay safe and warm.

  4. Hope all is well with you and everyone else on the east coast - it looks like a doozie of a storm. I was in Boston for the blizzard of '78 and that was way too much excitment for a lifetime . . .

  5. I have been watching the weather too because of my family in Maine and, you of course. Plus relatives in Brooklyn and Philadelphia. Keep us posted.

  6. i'm hearing FEET of snow is expected in some places. Feet!!! I woke up to 1 1/2 inches and I was thrilled! of course, there's a biiiiig difference there.
    - The Equestrian Vagabond

  7. just dropped in to see how you're doing after reading about this on the BBC; hope you/yours are well...