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Ready or Not....... Shouldvknwnbetter- Spring roars in....

Discussion in 'Birthing, Weaning, and Raising Young Goats' started by Hens and Roos, Nov 25, 2014.

  1. Feb 7, 2019
    Bruce

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    Snow would be good over freezing rain, get some traction. We had the FR yesterday afternoon and all night long. Plenty of roads closed. DD took 2 1/4 hours to get home from work, arriving at 7:45, normal is 40 minutes. Got stuck on an icy hill along with plenty of others including those heading the other way that were smart enough to NOT try and go down the hill on the ice. Plow eventually came by spreading salt. 1 AM DW saw flashing blue and yellow lights up the road, town plow went by about 15 minutes later. She saw 2 cars off the road on her way to work, it is 3/4 mile to the paved main road.

    It finally hit 32°F around noon today. Supposed to stay above freezing until tomorrow afternoon. That should nicely melt some ice so it can flow downhill some then freeze into an impassible sheet.
     
  2. Feb 7, 2019
    Hens and Roos

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    Glad to hear that your wife made it home safe even though it took a lot longer @Bruce

    We are still getting freezing rain, not sure if/when it will change over to snow or how much snow we will end up, we will most likely end up salting all the places we take care of..
     
  3. Feb 7, 2019
    Bruce

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    Yep, seems that salting is required until that ice is gone.

    It was daughter that had the long drive. Started getting freezing mist about 4 PM, she called about 5:15 saying she was heading home. Hopefully things are in better shape today. Lots of cars off the road yesterday, 16 car (mostly minor) accident on I-89 in Richmond so closed, another section closed for a time 20 miles south of us. I really don't like freezing rain!

    ETA: Roads must have been a lot better, she got home in the normal 40 minutes.
     
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  4. Feb 8, 2019
    Hens and Roos

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    oops! my bad...:hide but glad she made it safely!

    temps went negative last night and windy, thankfully there didn't seem to be many who lost power..ice on wires + wind isn't good! Had to close up doors for the goats again but had to have DH help me as the bucks lower door was frozen....had to use a pickaxe to remove frozen hay. More snow forecasted for Sunday and Tuesday...snow is much better than ice!!
     
  5. Feb 11, 2019
    Hens and Roos

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    had some snow yesterday(Sunday) enough that we had to go out for removal...and now tonight through most of tomorrow(Tuesday) we will be getting more snow...possibility of 6-10 inches when its finished snowing sometime tomorrow afternoon/evening.

    Given that DH will most likely be out early tomorrow morning opening driveways, we tried to make the work day easy and short....thought we were doing good by finishing work around 1 pm and then made a run to the mill to pick up chicken and goat feed. Figured we'd get home, get chores done and then relax...

    guess we thought wrong...DH received a text that a building in which we manage a condo was on fire....so he is now there dealing with that issue...:hit..no idea what caused the fire but all the people were thankfully able to get out...

    On the goat front, it looks like Pepper came back into heat:( so we won't be re-breeding her...
     
  6. Feb 11, 2019
    Bruce

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    Glad no one got hurt, any idea how many of the (how many) condos were damaged?

    We are getting about 14" of snow starting mid-day tomorrow and going through Wednesday.
     
  7. Feb 23, 2019
    Hens and Roos

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    The building is divided into 2 separate entrances- each with 8 units, because they had to shut power off to the whole building all 16 units were displaced for at least the night...the unit we manage took the brunt of the damage as the fire started outside on the balcony and went up into the attic area, lots of water was used in putting it out. 5 of the 8 units in this hallway have some level of water and smoke damage and can't be lived in until all repairs are complete. There are damaged rafters that have to be replaced before drywall can go back up, the unit we manage had almost all of the drywall removed to the studs. At this point it will be at least several months or more.
     
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  8. Feb 24, 2019
    Bruce

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    :(
    That is a lot of damage and impact to the residents.
     
  9. Feb 24, 2019
    Hens and Roos

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    it is, fires are never a good thing...
     
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  10. Mar 14, 2019
    Hens and Roos

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    Up till this week, our temperatures have been below normal...average temps for us this time of the year should be high 30's low 40's.

    Today we are in the high 50's and the snow has been melting all week and it just started to rain(was hoping it would hold off a few more hours). The creek on the one side of our property is up over it's banks on both sides and we have a good amount of water standing in our yard...pictures just can't do it justice. So far the goat's shelter is dry and my fingers are crossed that it stays that way!!

    Kidding for us won't start unit April 4th so that will give it some time to start drying out. All our critters need their areas cleaned out. DD will miss most of the kidding season as her spring break starts this next week but it will be nice to have her home....got lots of things she can help with :D =D.

    Decided that this year we won't be making maple syrup but that's okay we are still good on jars of syrup.

    Sure hope that the weather straightens out for everyone soon!
     
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