All day yesterday we had blowing winds, swirling snow, and thick, heavy cloud cover. I was internet-less. However! I had power. And water! The new kitchen plumbing worked like a charm, and the new well tank stayed cozy and warm with the heat tape and insulation blanket. I took a tip from the comments from the other day and stacked a bale of hay under the door to the little room where the well tank is tucked in the barn. There’s a huge gap under that door that can let cold air blow right in at the well tank. The tip was actually to use a bale of straw, and next time I’m in town to the little store, I’ll get a couple, but I don’t have any right now so I settled for a bale of hay. Which the sheep will eat so will have to be regularly replaced, but I set it there before bedtime so they wouldn’t get it eaten down overnight and the tank would at least be protected in last night’s low temps. I’m thinking of just bringing a couple bales right into that room and tucking them directly around the tank, but that room is pretty small and I’m afraid I may not be able to get in there to get tools if needed if I do that. At the very least, I may just wait to do that until I can get some straw–it will be a few days before I go out. The roads are covered.
But I’m back! For the moment….. It’s really winter now, so you never know!