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Re: BRRRRR!
« Reply #250 on: February 08, 2019, 08:15:31 AM »
Right now we are at a -24F (-31C). There's a wind out of the North pushing our wind chill index down to -49F (-45C). Tomorrow we get to warm up all the way to -14F (-25C).  :banana:    :doh:

I was out to push a little snow earlier and the pick-up was a little slow cranking over. Guess the oil was a little thick. The tractor won't start even after having a block heater plugged in all day. I think the fuel may be gelled. I've got an additive in it, but there are limits. I should have stayed with straight #1 fuel instead of that "Winter Treated" #1/#2 mix. I'll know better next year.

Would like to go into town for our 48th anniversary tomorrow, but we're not getting any further from the farmstead than we're willing to walk in this cold. So that's about a hundred yards.  :shrug: I guess we're not as adventurous as when we were younger.

Another word for "adventurous" is "foolhardy"!
I don't even try starting engines/motors below zero anymore. I've broken too many things due to cold in the past.
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« Reply #251 on: February 08, 2019, 08:28:35 AM »
Maybe not as adventurous Pete but certainly smarter.

We are at a minus 21F but it is going up fast at the moment. NO WIND!!! so it is tolerable out and even the cows were in the sunshine.  The water tanks are still open too.  Truck starts fine but the skid loader and the tractor are waiting for a plus 20F to show up. 

My wife gave the barn cats warm chicken broth with their food this morning.  They love her.

Tennessee is on my list now. 

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« Reply #252 on: February 08, 2019, 09:19:03 AM »
I know I tease you guys up north with our warm weather but I grew up in the north.  I experienced well below zero temps,  ice storms that made the trees "blow up",  I never had warm feet unless I stuck them in the fireplace or next to the pot bellied stove (most of the time they went past cold into numb),  and animal husbandry in weather like that.


I salute you.  After 40+ years in Florida I know I couldn't do it again.  Kelly hates anything below 60.  Max slows down to a creep in wet cold of FL.  I have no doubt that not one of you would burn your firewood in the temps when we get a roaring blaze going in the fireplace.  0 degree sleeping bag?  That'll get me down to 30 or 40 without hypothermia.  LOL.  My hats off to you.
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« Reply #253 on: February 08, 2019, 10:03:39 AM »
I stay up here cause I like to hear the trees blow up. In Lakota it is Cannapopa Wi - Moon When Trees Crack from the Cold.  It is two months long this year.   :-\

We should look into moving but it is hard to leave a place you like one or two months of the year.
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« Reply #254 on: February 08, 2019, 10:49:58 AM »
I see Tennessee mentioned a couple times and I have a lot of good memories of that state. One that stands out is the first night we moved in to Millington, just North of Memphis. It was mid November of '71 and we took a motel room for the night. A winter storm blew in and the curtains were waving greetings to the snow that was blowing in through the cracks around the windows and doors and under the sill plate where the walls were attached to the slab. The little propane wall heater didn't have a chance. 

The wife bought me a little Ruger 10-22 the following summer for my birthday. Cost $49.00 brand new in the box. Still have it and it's been a great plinker.

Spent a couple years there in '71 and '76.  Enjoyed the state from end to end. Lots to offer there.

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« Reply #255 on: February 08, 2019, 11:04:51 AM »
Most all areas of the country have one or two drawbacks when it comes to weather.  We seem to have our fair share of them, too, but all in all.....I like it right where I'm at. :).   It's usually not too bad. ;)

I don't think I could handle Florida's hurricanes, hot & humid summers, insects, snakes, gators, etc., but I sure do envy that state's residents in the wintertime!   The cold didn't seem to bother me much when I was younger, but my old bones seem more vulnerable to it these days.  :(

The plains states are susceptible to hail & tornadoes, too, but but our farm took a direct hit from a tornado only once and that was before I was born.  I've seen 2-3 of them since, but they missed us....scary, though!   Seems like almost all areas of the country see tornadoes anymore. :shrug:   The damage done by them is devastating, but is very localized compared to hurricanes.  I giggle at the on-site hurricane reports by the media news.....if the hurricane fizzles or loses intensity and fails to live up to the hype by the time it makes landfall they still report on the devastating damage that WAS possible in the in the 3-4 day hurricane tracking period reports.  Lots of times we experience straightline winds of 65-70 mph which is far from the real high-end hurricane-force winds, but they rarely even get a mention on the evening news.  I recall one instance last year when the winds from one of those fizzled Florida hurricanes were 10-12 mph LESS than the unusually high winds that we were experiencing on the same day, yet nary a comment on that 'anomaly' from the scientific weather-dudes on the nightly news.  :rolleyes:

The seafood, mudbugs & boudin of the southern coastal areas are the sirens that begin singing their alluring song to me this time of year, too.....I can almost taste them now! :drool:
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« Reply #256 on: February 08, 2019, 11:25:49 AM »
...but do you suck the heads of mudbugs for the good juices.

...that might need explanation for some.  LOL
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« Reply #257 on: February 08, 2019, 11:28:55 AM »
Oh, yeah.....SUCK 'DEM HEADS! :banana: :drool:
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« Reply #258 on: February 08, 2019, 12:08:35 PM »
...but do you suck the heads of mudbugs for the good juices.

...that might need explanation for some.  LOL
I've eaten roast wood grubs and grasshoppers in the past. I love crawdads, but sucking their warm guts out....not so much. ;)
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« Reply #259 on: February 08, 2019, 12:11:44 PM »
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I salute you.  After 40+ years in Florida I know I couldn't do it again.  Kelly hates anything below 60.  Max slows down to a creep in wet cold of FL.  I have no doubt that not one of you would burn your firewood in the temps when we get a roaring blaze going in the fireplace.  0 degree sleeping bag?  That'll get me down to 30 or 40 without hypothermia.  LOL.  My hats off to you.
When I was in Saigon, it got down to 60F for a couple of nights. The locals were burning their furniture to keep from freezing....  It's all in what you're used to.
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« Reply #260 on: February 09, 2019, 10:29:15 AM »
Well chit.   >:( >:(  We were about -2F this morning and I went to check the stock water.  Upper corral was fine and all was  working.  Lower corral had frozen basins. 

I chopped out the ice and there was no power to the heat puck or heat tape.  I checked the breaker and it wasn't tripped.  When I pulled out the wires from underneath the tank the light I keep in there was off but came on when the bundle was out of the space.  I wiggled the power supply line and the light went on and off.  Problem is the power supply plug.  I got it thawed out with the ready heater and it was working when I left.  I have to put on a new plug I guess and that should take care of it.  Could have been worse as it didn't appear to have broken any water supply line. 
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Re: BRRRRR!
« Reply #261 on: February 09, 2019, 01:58:18 PM »
Look upon it as a rare, but perfect opportunity to utilize the UNDERWRITER'S KNOT! :lol:



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« Reply #262 on: February 09, 2019, 05:35:05 PM »
The power cord is a three wire.   :-X
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« Reply #263 on: February 10, 2019, 09:57:07 AM »
Your wish is my command. :hail:


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« Reply #264 on: February 10, 2019, 12:31:49 PM »
It was 0 here this morning and the power cord stayed functional all night.  We got a couple of inches of very soft powder snow. Tomorrow is supposed to be a bit warmer and I will put a new plug on then. 

Thanks for the video of that way of doing a plug, I will give it a try.  Will have to watch it a couple of times to get it right I think.

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« Reply #265 on: February 14, 2019, 08:33:49 AM »
Yesterday we enjoyed 46 degree weather with no wind.  Snow was melting and it was a very pleasant day.  This morning it is 6F with a stiff NW wind.  The cows are all in the lower field sheds and waiting for someone to bring more hay.  The lick barrels are almost gone and even the salt blocks got worked over pretty good. 

My wife said that the barn cats were glad to see her this morning.  I was glad to see that the water tanks are working well today and am wondering what it would be like to get up and wear a pair of flip flops to the barn if I could transport this place to Florida. 

It has been a long cold snap.  Snow is predicted for today and cold weather for the next 7 to 10 days. 

I hope none of you forgot that it is Valentine's Day.  I called my wife Darling for the first time in years she said.  I got a good hug for doing that.

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« Reply #266 on: February 14, 2019, 08:51:33 AM »
You're a good man, Stan.

Supposed to hit about 68 here today and sunny.  After I get a big pot of spaghetti sauce going for guests coming tomorrow night, I plan on laying a bunch of landscape blocks along the side of the front walk.  Hopefully it'll help keep it a little cleaner from the chickens scratching all the mulch out of the hedges next to it.
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« Reply #267 on: February 14, 2019, 09:06:09 AM »
61 and sunny right now.  I asked Kelly what she wanted to do for Valentines Day this morning.  She said get a coupla chicken pot pies on our way out to the forest and sit around a campfire... I can do that.
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« Reply #268 on: February 14, 2019, 09:38:16 AM »
You guys live the good life.  Chickens and pot pies kind of go together don't they?  Nuke and Max live in (to use a a movie title slant) "Good Country for Old Men". 

I live in "Bad Country for Old Men".
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« Reply #269 on: Yesterday at 11:30:07 AM »
it was sunny and 54 yesterday at noon, 35 at 3, 30 and cloudy at 5, 22 at 7 and 19 when I got home from taking SWMBO out for dinner around 9.
today it's blizzarding and 12 - with a WC around -3.

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« Reply #270 on: Yesterday at 12:17:35 PM »
We were 1F this morning with moderate snowfall and wind.  Snow has slacked off a bit for now but is coming back tonight.  We are up to about 12F at present and the wood stove is warming the place up. 

Forecast is for snow two more days then cold for another week.  This crap is well on it's way to being the longest cold snap I can remember in the last twenty years that we have lived here.  It has been colder but never as many days in row. 
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« Reply #271 on: Yesterday at 02:00:32 PM »
We were at -25*F this AM and now at 2:50 PM local time we've warmed up to -4. We'll be headed back down toward -17 tonight and tomorrow we might actually break  0* and get all the way up to a +7F. It looks like it's going to be cold for at least another week.
The wind chill index is just horrid. When we go outside we look like we're wearing a Bbop ball for all the clothes we put on.

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« Reply #272 on: Yesterday at 03:34:57 PM »
It's been boringly cold & windy here in northeastern NEBRASKA for nearly the whole month of February.  Not much snow, so far.....the weather dude says we're about 18" below normal right now.  We do have about 4" predicted for tomorrow afternoon and evening, but the brunt of the system will be south of us.  About par for the course because we figure on heading south toward TX & FL tomorrow morning.....we hope to beat the front and get at least as far as Oklahoma City tomorrow night.  It all depends on road conditions and how fast we can drive semi-safely.  We're both getting pretty tired of winter and it'll be a while before we climb aboard the Tri-Glide again, so we are both more than ready for a real road trip! :banana: :banana:

We had an airbag recall on our 2010 Ford Fusion and since the job took 6 hours to complete, the dealership offered Heather a 2017 Lincoln MKZ as a loaner.  The car only had 10,000 miles on it and it came with a 7 year, 100,000 mile, full bumper-to-bumper warranty.  Crafty lot that they are, they suggested that she drive it back home so her husband could drive it, too.  Long story short...we traded. :shrug:    Should be an excellent 'land yacht' for this trip, but it has a LOT of bells & whistles to learn how to use.  The part that I really like is the heated seats that massage your back and butt.....kinda turns me on. :lol:
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« Reply #273 on: Yesterday at 04:10:57 PM »
I rode in an MKZ awhile back.  One of the ranchers I know has one and we went to lunch in another town so he drove.  This was before you needed a heated seat, probably September, but it was a pretty nice car.  He bought the MKZ cause his wife couldn't get into the pickup anymore.  She died a couple of months after he first got it.

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« Reply #274 on: Yesterday at 08:30:50 PM »
wolfy, which route are you driving?
I-29 to I-35 or US 75 to Topeka and picking up the turnpike heading South?
if you're driving through Topeka, SWMBO and I could possibly meet up with you for a coffee or lunch.
from there it's only 4 more hours to OKC (and 3 hours from Omaha)

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« Reply #275 on: Yesterday at 09:37:16 PM »
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We had an airbag recall on our 2010 Ford Fusion and since the job took 6 hours to complete, the dealership offered Heather a 2017 Lincoln MKZ as a loaner.  The car only had 10,000 miles on it and it came with a 7 year, 100,000 mile, full bumper-to-bumper warranty.  Crafty lot that they are, they suggested that she drive it back home so her husband could drive it, too.  Long story short...we traded. :shrug:    Should be an excellent 'land yacht' for this trip, but it has a LOT of bells & whistles to learn how to use.  The part that I really like is the heated seats that massage your back and butt.....kinda turns me on. :lol:
Sounds like a sweet deal.  Hard pressed to justify something like that though, since we have 4 vehicles in the driveway now.  Come to think of it, I haven't had a car payment since 1986. I don't think I'd know how to act....  :-\
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« Reply #276 on: Today at 08:41:06 AM »
Wolfy doesn't have car payments either OP.   ;)
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