First 2014 Snow Storm

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We have had our first blast of snow for the 2014 Winter season and it was/is a doozy.  It is still going on all around us.  It has stayed a little to the south of our little Island so we only have about 3 inches so far.  We are supposed to get more later tonight and into tomorrow morning.

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It started coming down and picked up speed covering many areas all over Buffalo, NY.

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Plow crews from all over are dedicating their time to different towns and areas.  This is Lancaster, NY and the photo is courtesy of a Grand Island town employee who traveled the 25 minutes to help dig this area out.

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In other areas sadly people are snowed in (the man of the house’s parents are one of them).  They can’t get out their doors to even begin the shoveling process.  But they are much better off than the people who are dealing with the weight of the snow crashing through their windows and collapsing their roof.

Here is a link to more snow pictures:  Buffalo, NY snow

And while this is a huge nuisance, I can’t complain as we are toasty with our woodburner, stocked with animal feed for the farm, have a pantry filled with canned goods and a freezer jam packed with meats, frozen fruits, and homemade pies just in case we get hit like the other areas!

Winter Predictions?

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This was a storm we had in March 2014

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Snow Ponies have a stretch of their legs while I cleaned their stalls March 2014

Our local newspaper ran an article tonight about the Polar Vortex happening in our area in September. See it here.   This past winter that was the phrase of the season “polar vortex”. 

While I understand some think a few feet of snow all winter long is something that should not happen, this is Buffalo, NY people.  As a child growing up the snow started in early November and lasted straight through to the end of March.  For the last 15 years we have been blessed with little shots of snow here and there and not all winter season.  As a child I had to literally trudge through snow to my barn to feed my horse and sometimes it was up to my waist.  It was winter and that was expected.  School was closed many times, work was canceled for my parents and even our bridges had to be shut down temporarily to allow salting trucks to back up them salting as they went so they could get up to the top.  This has only happened once since in the last 15 years.  This was winter not a “polar vortex” back then.

So am I worried about the upcoming polar vortex and snowy winter?  Heck no!!  We prepare and have wonderful fires in the woodburner heating the house if the power goes out.  We will burn around 10 to 15 cord.  We have a stocked freezer with meats we purchased from the butcher and all of our yummy canned and frozen veggies/fruits, stock for soups, and homemade breads and pies.  I will stock up on flour and we have a pasta maker so we have plenty of pasta anytime we need to make a batch.  And we stock our barn for the animals with great quality nutritious hay (see our first load here) and grain/corn to help our chickens keep producing the eggs.  We will stock up on gasoline for the snowmobiles and 4 wheelers and have the tractor ready to pile the snow and make a small sledding hill for the kids.  Our pond will freeze and we will plow it and have the lights on and a fire in the barrel so we can ice skate with our friends.

What do I say to Old Man Winter (and the looming polar vortex)……bring it baby!!  (But not for at least another month please) 🙂