Sunday it snowed and rained and sleeted and rained and snowed some more. It stormed pretty much from dawn to dusk. Steve and I felt very prepared, for once. We both took showers, Then I caught up the laundry, dishes, filtered four gallons of drinking water and filled up the bath tub for toilet flushing and pet water.
Although the snow piled up to a depth of about 4 inches, the power never even flickered throughout the day and night. Our emergency preparedness paid off!
We got up Monday morning to a cold, but sunny and warming morning. We made it to the barn in the Subaru without mishap. The roads were snow-packed, but had been scraped and treated. The animals were fine. Sully’s rain sheet was stiff with ice, but underneath it, he was dry and toasty (I really can’t say enough good things about that EuroBreeze sheet that cost $35 at Schneider’s!)
It ended up working out that Steve dropped me back at the barn on his way to work, and I saddled the beast and rode around the property in the fresh fallen snow. Mom, Jenny and the kids accompanied on foot.
While the snow was beautiful, ground conditions left something to be desired since it never had a chance to freeze between the rain and snow, so beneath the snow was a hidden layer of slippery mud, and there are a couple of very steep hills on that trek. Sully slipped a few times, but since he was barefoot he kept pretty good purchase. He was very energetic, but listened well. He also seemed to understand I had a somewhat precarious seat since I was wearing my Schmidt coveralls.They’re very warm, but do not allow for any flexibility or range of motion.
We flushed out four does in the back field. I think it’s the first time Sully hasn’t been spooked by unexpected deer, and I know it’s the first time the goofball has tried to chase them as they ran away!
The only real problem came at the foot of the final climb home. I was trying to get him to follow a road (two rutted tire tracks) back up toward the house. Apparently, there was standing water lurking beneath the snow pack. When he broke through and started sinking, he panicked and jumped into the woods, slipping and sliding and scrambling for a foothold. I thought we were goners for a second. Well, he finally found some footing and got his balance back, but we were now in the woods. I couldn’t just ride him on through because the trees were too low and the trunks too close together. Then his lead got tangled a holly tree.
Fortunately for us, Mom came to the rescue. There wasn’t even enough room for me to safely dismount without the danger of sliding under him. She untangled us, and then lead him back down and safely across the water hazard. For all his carrying on a moment before, he put his head down and followed her like a big puppy dog. After all, who doesn’t trust Mom?
When we got back to the house, I decided to extend our ride a little by taking him a half mile or so down the road.
We had a good little jaunt. I used my helmet cozy, my new Mountain Horse gloves, and the fleece quarter sheet. I was so warm, and Sully stayed nice and loose without breaking a sweat.
I got back home mid-morning. I’d been warming up before jumping in the shower when we lost power. It was out for over 6 hours, which isn’t too bad, but I’d already let the water out of the tub. After a walk over to Jenny’s with Blue for a cuppa coffee, I came back home and spent the latter part of the afternoon catching melting snow off the roof in my mop bucket and pouring it into the tub.
So I wrote this entire post out longhand, like, with an actual pen and paper! (I haven’t done this in ages!) My typing is far more legible than my handwriting these days, let me tell you.
By sundown Monday, much of the snow was gone. I did get a couple of pics around the yard and barn first thing Monday morning, and I think Jenny got at least one of me and Sully. I will put them up eventually.
On second thought, I think this post qualifies for a Wordy Wednesday post. Perhaps I’ll get it typed up by then. (I did, I did, I did get it typed up by then!)