Batten Down the Hatches

LeAnn posted this blog on Tuesday, October 26th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

At 9:30 p.m. Tuesday the wind is just howling around the house here at Rural Route 2. For most of the afternoon we’ve had sustained winds of about 35 mph, but this evening, the wind is gusting up around 50 to 60 mph.

The air felt warm and balmy Tuesday morning, and when I went down to feed the horses, we had an inch and three-tenths of rain. It rained off and on most of the day, and by Tuesday evening, we had an inch and a half.

I think we may have had more rain than that, but it’s been so windy, it has not been able to land in the rain gauge. We’re supposed to get snow on Wednesday.

When the wind is this strong, it makes me feel quite uneasy. I’m glad I did not have to drive anywhere Tuesday evening for a meeting or something like that. It’s bad enough to sit in the house and wonder if the roof will hold or if trees will go down around the yard.

I suppose I had better be thinking in terms of wind-damage pictures for the newspaper when I’m out and about on Wednesday. With any luck at all, I won’t have anything to photograph. But with wind this strong, I guess you never know.

Earlier Tuesday evening, our lights were flickering. I lit the kerosene lamp “just in case” so if the lights went out, I’d be able to find my way around.

Tuesday evening when I went down to the barn, I crawled over the wall to where Little Sister’s nest is. I got down on my hand and knees and tried to reach into the nest. I didn’t find any kittens, but I wanted, mostly, to see if it felt unusually cold. To my surprise, I actually felt heat radiating out of the nest. Little Sister had just come out, so I think maybe, if she stays with her kittens, they will be warm enough. It is not tremendously cold outside, but the wind sure does feel cold.

LeAnn R. Ralph

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