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So yesterday I prepared for the Blizzard Hooey to Hit the Fan. I rode. I repaired fence post and leak in duckhouse. I positioned extra feed for goat/ducks. I rearranged the fencing for horses to move wherever the WIND wasn't. AND spent quality effort getting a horse blanket on an hysterical horse. <_<

 

All good!

 

Today ....there isn't much we can do until this monster storm stops. We convinced our dear friend/neighbor NOT to even try to plow at our place. Too dangerous for him to travel the half mile here....cuz this WIND will simply put the big snow DRIFTS back where it wants them anyway. A blizzard likes where it puts the snow and it fights you if you try to move it. BLOWS it right back into the DRIFTS & SCOURED areas. Can't fight physics during the storm. :grinning-smiley-044: :grinning-smiley-044: :grinning-smiley-044:

 

So we re-positioned DH's truck down below. Need to have one close to the road....if we HAVE to get out for some reason. No way he's going to work tomorrow tho. :grinning-smiley-044: My truck is now tucked in close to the house.

 

DH fed/checked on ducks hiding inside duckhouse. Collected eggs...only 3 on this day. The usual SNOWDRIFT is forming right thru the gate to the duckyard. Hip deep already when DH was up there. Deal with that when this stops. Will probably be chest high by then. But the large 'people' door to the duckhouse is always scoured clear of snow by the wind pattern. Fortunate, that! :amen:

 

Then he did horses. Put lots of hay where wind wouldn't take it away. The Whiney Whinny's horse blanket was half off her, despite my attempts last nite. Can't figure out what she does to twist it so much. :gaah: So DH straightened it up again. Both horses are shivering somewhat, but not really wet. Just a horrible amount of WIND and biting snow content. They COULD stand peaceably inside their shed..... :banghead:

 

 

I slogged thru knee deep snow to reach my poor lonely goat. Plenty of hay and wedged door open enough to put a small amount of warm water for her. Goats like 'tea-temperature' water. She's fine. Went down to barnyard to help finish and was ASTOUNDED by the wind speed and roar. Can't even hear unless you shout in the ear. Wild!

 

We're keeping the house on the hot side...as a precaution. Have heard there are scattered power outages around the region. :blink: That would not be good. That would get serious in a big hurry! I put a ham and lots of whole potatoes in the oven when we went outside to feed. One can eat ham and taters cold if we lose power. Plenty to eat. A Buddy heater stored in basement....at the ready. Kerosene heater too.

 

Not using much energy. The less I move around, the less chance I have of doing something ELSE...like falling again. :buttercup: So we'll sit tight until just before dark tonite. Then we'll repeat this morning's routine with the animals. Walking the hill.....leave trucks where they are. Sleds to carry water to ducks. Stream is still open for horses. Pond didn't even get a glaze of ice....wind disturbing the surface too much.

 

This is prepping and surviving Rocky Mt. BLIZZARDS. :shrug:

 

MtRider ...praying to keep electricity! And that most of the mess will MELT...eventually. :pray:

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Hmm, wonder who that could be!

LOL.

 

 

Looked up TX moped list and affadavit stuff..... they have a list but you can add to it. You get a K classification on your license. It's for mopeds only, not motorcycles.

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I walked today. Nice and sunny about 56F today so not exactly really nice and warm but sitting in the sunshine outside was nice when I got some lunch.

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Walked three miles going on errands and remembered the cat treats with the cat litter! Hurrah!

Got a printout of my account, one can do that at my c/u a couple times a month or more... it's nice to have a simple printout! Helps me figure out my budget. Plenty of room to use a pencil where you need to make improvements or notes.

 

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Ya got to start somewhere!

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It feels like some doors are opening for me here.... :)

 

 

Knitting a dishcloth, its going well and looks nice.

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This week I bought some more sewing supplies.

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Yesterday I started going through my prep notebooks. What a mess. Yesterday and today I started doing some printing and reprinting. A lot of things I have in the computer but not printed out. Mostly PDF's. Big mistake. So, I'm biting the bullet and just doing it. It ain't gonna pretty around here for the next couple of days but I feel like it really must be done. It will be nice to have all of the info 'typed' up and in one place. I bought a box of paper and lots and lots of ink so I'm ready to go.

Last month I bought a cheapy wireless printer so I could use it from the laptop. Trouble is I can not get it to recognize my wireless thingy. I tried everything. I went to Best Buy and bought a cable for it. It works! It's about 4 or 5ft. long so it's doable. Now I have to go through everything I have saved online and get it printed out. :blink:

 

I can do this. I can do this. I can do this. :groooansmileyf:

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DH and I could never get my cheapo printer and either laptop to shake hands and play nice either.

 

MtRider ....the cord is less convenient but it works. Good luck! :pc_coffee:

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I'm sticking with it. It's starting to get hot out now and my fan blows the papers all around. :twister3:

That little Epson 320 is doing a great job. I feel like it's already paid for itself. Eating a lot of ink though. What's ya gonna do. Ohhh, I'll bet Sam's Club has it cheaper.

 

 

Yep, Sam's has it but it isn't any cheaper than Wal-Mart.

Glad I looked online before I wasted my gas. :pout:

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How are y'all getting rid of the junk mail? I need to get in on that!!

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I don't know Homesteader but I'll sure look to see the next batch I print out. That would be great. Thanks!

 

Ohhh, I get so much junk mail. It's obscene. First thing I did was get a clear plastic box about 10x13 and 11in. deep. I think it's supposed to be for hanging files. Right now it sits by my chair. As soon as the mail comes in I set aside the bills etc. and any magazines I want to look at and then start pitching all of the rest. I've been crossing out my name and address, with a magic marker, on the stuff I throw away. When the box gets full I take it to one of the many recycle bins around here and dump it all. That system has really tamed my papers and makes it easier to get rid of the regular trash too because all of that paper isn't filling up any of my trash bags.

 

Sometimes if I see something interesting I might want, I tear it out of the catalog and get rid of the catalog right away. Then I take more time to look at the item. Nine times out of 10 when I stop to think about it for a couple of days, I don't buy anything. Win-Win.

 

Then I found a website that has hundreds of names of magazines, circulars, flyers and just plain old junk mail companies. If you sign up with them you can use their site and they will submit a request to stop sending you mail. A couple of places don't participate so you have to call them yourself. So far I think I've called 2 but they have contacted 27 different companies for me.

 

I just started doing that so I'm not seeing much difference yet but they all say it could take 3 months because they have their mailings bundled up that far in advance. We'll see.

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Without realizing it, we eliminated our junk mail by moving. The bulk rate postage can't be forwarded. :hapydancsmil: Part of my system is to shred any pages or envelopes that have our name and address in it. I find that it's usually the first page of documents or magazines. That personalized stuff gets shredded, sent to the garden in garbage bags, and spread thinly. When we lived in Wis we had chickens. It was fun watching them poop on junk mail. :laughkick:

 

Anytime you sign up for anything, you're going to have your mailing address sold to dozens of other companies. The selling of your address is extra money for companies. It's been done for decades but we notice it more these days, especially with credit card companies or those nick knack women's magazines. I talked to our mail deliverer. We still get mail for a lady who has been gone for 4 years. He said that the post office also makes money by delivering the mail.

 

It's a conspiracy!! :008Laughing:

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I shred anything important too. Anything that has more than my name and address gets it. Things like bank statements, credit card bills, or credit cards wanting me to sign up. Come to think about it, I shred all of my bill stubs too. They have too much of my account info on them and how much gas, water and electricity I use. I have you beat on getting the former peoples mail. I'm still getting mail for the woman who live here...36 years ago! She has more expensive taste than I do. :pout:

 

BTW, inside some catalogs where the order form is, they will sometimes have your name and address printed there. I always have to check it.

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One of my projects this weekend was sorting through the useless freebies cluttering the paperwhite, running the good stuff through Calibre to reduce Amazon's ability to control it, and putting everything in PDF to further reduce Amazon's ability to control it. But I can't focus enough to actually get anything done. :(

So another project is decluttering bookshelves and dusting them with a dampened cloth. So many books here were needed for homeschool, or were books my late DX read over and over.

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