More mayhem

This topic contains 9 replies, has 6 voices, and was last updated by  Cinnamon Grammy 9 months, 2 weeks ago.

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  • #9209

    James Mitchner
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    Had a bit of a winter storm hereabouts.  Lost power around 6PM yesterday.  Got it back on about 1PM today.  In the meantime, this is what my driveway looked like.  

  • #9213

    OldMt Woman
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    Oh yikes!  Are those trees only bending from weight or will they require chainsaw work?  🙁

    OldMtWoman  ….be careful of twisty trees!

    • #9217

      James Mitchner
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      It required about three hours of chainsaw work to open up my road enough to use.  Unfortunately my back is loudly complaining this morning.  I have a lot of pines down around the fields that will also require cutting up.  Some of the smaller pines were just bent due to ice, but the larger one’s roots came out of the ground since everything here is so saturated and wet.

      Its been a tough two weeks.  My wife and I both had the flu.  At the same time my elderly father was admitted to the hospital with a heart problem.  I couldn’t even visit, having the flu.  Then the ice storm and losing power.  Exhausting!  Ive begun thinking of selling this place and moving to someplace more manageable.

  • #9218

    Mouse Wizard
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    Have you considered having a few younger couples lease plots on your land, with part of the lease tied to common maintenance, upkeep, and security? That’s the model you’ll need to follow anyway when THSTF.

     

    • #9219

      James Mitchner
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      I don’t have that large of a place.  Only 27 acres, but surrounded with thousands of acres of undeveloped land and forest.  Still, it requires a lot of maintenance.  Lately much of my consideration revolves about someplace warmer where I can stick my toes in the beach sand and fish.  😉

  • #9221

    Littlesister
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    Ouch! That looks like a lot of work heading your way. So far as for us, no snow but several days of rain, drizzle and damp cold. Can’t blame you for wanting to move somewhere with less to keep up. Here I am at my age wanting to move to the country. maybe not that much land but at least in the country. I miss it. Where we are now in a neighborhood where neighbors want you to help them which is fine but when I need help they run the other way. So I am learning after the dog deal to say nope, got things to do. Our area used to be country, then rural. Now they are dumping a town on us. Traffic is so bad now it takes twice as long to get down the street. They just keep building and building and all the farmland is being sold out. I see our taxes going up every year as the land is getting more expensive. Taxes has already gone up about $200 in our area. That hurts when you are retired and on a fixed income.

  • #9230

    James Mitchner
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    If we ever get what I will call ‘normal weather’ again I may feel different.  We love the privacy and solitude… seeing wild game in the yard at most anytime of the day… and the feeling of relief after spending time in crowds of people and traffic.  But I must say that the weather cycle has been awful for months rolling in out of the SW.  Days of clouds and rain often followed with a day or two of sun, but with high gusting winds that trees to fall, power outages.. even shingles blown from the roof in some instances.  Then rinse and repeat.  Frankly, I’m ready for a good drought!

  • #9231

    Josefina Arenas
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    Wow, James Mitchner…just saw your downed tree.  That is a lot of work.

    Yesterday, got my Bokashi bucket for composting (really fermenting) food scraps.  Watched a few videos and am going to start using it today.   We’ve had much larger compost piles, but neglect them in the winter months.  Now I have no excuse!

     

  • #9259

    Littlesister
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    Went to church today and we have had so much rain that in one street we went down, the yards looked like rivers. They were very flooded. Driveways were really bad with water part way up the tires. The bad thing is it’s not over. We will have a break for the next three or four days then more rain coming. Where is spring?

  • #9260

    Cinnamon Grammy
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    James Mitchner, we understand the privacy.  Nineteen acres of woods and miles from town.  Beautiful and peaceful.

    We are at the end of a 1/2 mile drive. One-quarter of it is uphill and curves between a carved out hill on one side and a brook in a ravine on the other.  The ravine is not deep, at the bottom of course.

    Our young neighbor plows for us.  The first 50 yards are an actual county road, the rest are an easement on a different neighbor’s property.  He was gone for a week and we did not get plowed out until yesterday.  Today, he came back with the bucket on his Bobcat to push the snow further off the drive. The snow is knee deep next to the sidewalk.  The only other walkways are the ones Hubby maintains to feed the birds.

    I am not looking forward to the freezing and thawing that comes with Spring.

    Several tornadoes went through town last September.  We had high winds that took down a mostly dead ash tree.  It landed between the buildings so we were very lucky.  We needed help, a friend who is a logger and has a longer chain saw cut up and took the larger pieces.  He made some good extra money for a few weeks. Another tree that was NOT dead, landed on an old shed.  We did not claim any insurance for it, but it will need to be rebuilt.  It was at least 100 years old judging by the timbers used. We have not gone near that downed tree or shed since it is unsafe in this winter weather. It just held wood, lawn furniture, and gardening tools; all are safe.  So, that is a project for spring.

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