Friday, October 24, 2014

Getting Ready

Look what greeted me when I opened the curtains this morning...

The first mountain snow of fall 2014.

A few days ago, when it was warm and dry, I put away the outdoor furniture.  Since then we've had heavy rains and a few wind storms. However, tonight and tomorrow we are under a "wind advisory".  Been through this before.

Don't mind the high winds but don't like the possible (probable) power outages.  We seem to always be the first in the area to lose power and the last to get it back.  It's bad enough to not have lights but no power at our place also means no water since we are on a well.

Last weekend we purchased a generator panel so that we can have some lights and water when we lose power.  Unfortunately, we haven't had time to install it.

With the wind storm coming and daylight savings time ending, it's time to get ready for winter.  That means feeding the horses out of the barn instead of via the summer loafing shed away from the barn and in the front of our outbuilding.

Yesterday I opened the gate between the summer and middle pastures.  We have views from all of our windows inside the house looking out to the pastures and barn.  I took this picture from the living room window.

Although the gate is open, Elvis and Galileo have lost interest in the summer pasture for the green grass in the middle pasture.  Since this grass is so rich, I'm letting them enjoy about four hours of pigging out each day before moving them into the dry paddock in the back of the barn where they can hang out in the huge double foaling stall to get out of the rain and munch on some (boring) hay.

Sigh...going to miss sunny days like this!  In the meantime it's time to get ready for winter.


  1. I'm going to miss sunny days too! We have the same electricity/no water/well problem too. It's no fun at all!!! When I lived in the city it was nice to at least be able to flush the toilet and wash my hands. Not having water is one of the most miserable things ever! People who have never been through it just don't understand. I'll keep my fingers crossed you keep your power!

  2. You'll love having the generator wired in.

  3. I can't believe your horses don't have any hair yet; ours look like teddy bears.. and all that grass. Bill, our daughter, and son-in-law took our guys out for a couple hours today and talk about sweat marks! They aren't used to being saddled with winter hair! A great time was had by all though, human and horse.
    Bionic Cowgirl