Tuesday, December 3, 2013
The days have been unusually warm for this time of year; no complaints from me. It has been easy to become lulled and to put off getting finalized for winter. Those in the know, or those who at least make better guesses, say that is about to come to an abrupt end with nighttime temps dropping into the 20s and hard-freeze warnings beginning tonight and lasting the rest of the week. I covered the last window opening in the barn yesterday, and turned off the main water to some outlying pipes. Making a run to stock up on feed in case the prediction of snow down to 2,500 feet comes true, alongside the road I noted a number of large trees that went down in the last big blow. That is always such a worry here and, let's face it, we haven't had the best record with the oaks in the last couple years. Deb and Craig loaded the porch rack with firewood, making trip after trip with the little red wagon, so I'm set there. Capital-P Procrastinator that I am, I still have not put foam insulation around some of the standing water pipes; that's on the agenda for today. I'm waiting for a call back from Tree Guy; I need his advice on what to do about the sprinkler system he put in for those trees he did plant, and how to winterize those still in the pots. Making a mad dash to get the trash down to the big road today, I found it had drizzled during the night and there is still a heavy mist, dark skies, and a chill wind. There's not going to be much in the way of transition here; winter is landing with a bang.