Thursday, October 23, 2008

The first snow...

...of the season was on the ground when I got up this morning. Enough to whiten the prairie and leave little rills and valleys where the wind has piled and shaped it. No six-foot drifts yet, more like two-inchers, if that.

Can't say I am overjoyed to see it, but it goes with the territory. It's certainly an autumnal punctuation mark. It could be on the menu, if not present in actuality, from now until June.

7 comments:

Survivalist News said...

we had about 3 inches a couple of days ago. not looking forward to it.

Roxie said...

Our first snow fell yesterday as well. Best part about early-season snows is that they are gone quickly. This one has almost disappeared. That does not hurt my feelings.

The Hermit said...

Well, I hope you are all stocked up and ready. From your previous posts, I'm sure you have a lock on it.

The Hermit said...

Just stopped by tonight because I was wondering how you are doing out there. Is this your first winter at your place? If so, surely you feel some trepidation, it must be a daunting prospect.

I was wondering, too, how you get internet out in the middle of nowhere. Do you have electricity from the grid? I'm curious because you and Wretha are the two people I keep up with who live in a similar manner to me, way the hell out in the middle of as far away as you could get.

Solo Survivalist said...

I second Hermit's questions, if you're inclined to talk about it...

Rio Arriba said...

All stocked up and doing just fine. T'row I meet ranch friends from out of state who have a big batch of beef for my freezer.

I have electric and telephone, thus dial-up internet. When the electric fails (as it does!) I have a genny that will run the whole place.

I went out tonight and looked up into an awesomely clear night. There is NO light pollution here and so the skies are deep blue black and you can see quadzillions of stars. Truly a sight!

The Hermit said...

Rio, your situation is similar to mine, then. I also have a power line to the grid, a land line, and I have a generator for backup power. Night is a good time, if you live away from artificial lighting and pollution. I've gone out into the meadow by my house at night in the winter and enjoyed the stars and the quiet many a time.
I don't know if anyone will come so far to install it, but satellite internet has been a real boon to us here. I used to use dial up and it was terrible. Then Direct TV started offering Wild Blue satellite and it's been an outstanding asset. Maybe you could latch on to it. It doesn't cost much and makes the internet a more positive experience because there's less frustration. My brother has a cabin in the woods up in the Sierra Nevada mountains, and he has Hughes net, which works well for him.