Sunday, January 5, 2014

Yep, it's winter

We got about 6 inches of snow last night, and the (excitable) weather people are forecasting 8-10 inches more.  We have to drive an hour from here today, and needless to say, it's going to be slow going.

My friend Emily Jenkins posted this picture of the produce section at Meijer last night:

So people are getting prepared to be snowed in for a few days. 
Meanwhile, on the farm ... business as usual, except that massive amounts of snow and bitter cold makes every thing a little slower.  First of all, you have to plow everywhere.  You have to plow your barn driveways where you're going to drive your tractors.  Then, so the milk truck can make it to your barn, you have to plow your road.  The road commission simply can't plow everywhere before everyone's milk truck comes.  (We don't live on a main road.)  Thankfully most farmers have our own equipment. 
Second, machinery loves to freeze.  There's the matter of tractors and equipment starting in the morning after being shut off all night, and sometimes parts even freeze on the milking equipment.
Third, the people and animals get cold.  I know I move slower when it's cold.  I'm glad our cows have a nice, new barn to stay in.
It takes a lot of work to keep the grocery stores stocked, no matter what food you're selling.  So whether you're in sun or in snow, happy eating today!  I hope you got to the store before this comedian did ...


Colby D Miller said...

Haha. I was just talking with some coworkers this morning about weather people being "excitable" and just as sensational as every other news branch/ I hope you guys are staying as warm as possible up there!

Julie said...

I act the same way he does when I need Diet Coke. And that's rain, shine, OR blizzard!