It’s an ill wind…

Nov 12, 2014 | 1 comment



Frozen Water

The east wind has been blowing for two days now – straight across the bay and into our house. This morning it was blowing at about 33 mph, according to the Mike’s Long Beach Weather site, with gusts to 38. The wind chill factor made it minus two degrees.

The chickens don’t like it one bit. Neither do I. Their water was a frozen block of ice and I had to double back to the house, put the kettle on and make a second trip. I don’t think they really appreciated my efforts, though. As soon as I opened the coop door, they came out complaining and headed straight under the protective cover of the rhododendrons, bypassing water, food and scratch.

Heading for Cover

Heading for Cover

I wonder if they slept any better than I did last night. I don’t know about their house, but ours moaned and groaned and rattled incessantly. Ironically, it’s the storm windows that rattle. I don’t know if they help keep the cold out (it’s doubtful) but they certainly provide an unwanted distraction from sleep.

Unfortunately, Nyel’s “hospital room” is in the coldest room in the house, exposed as it is to the constant buffeting. Storm windows and insulated walls make little difference when that east wind blows. Thank goodness we’ve not lost power. Even so, with the heat cranked up to 72 and an additional space heater going in there, it’s a chilly 58° and holding.

They say “it’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good” and I’ve been wracking my brain to think who might be getting some good from this wind. Can’t think of a soul. It’s an ill wind for sure.

1 Comment

  1. Stephanie Frieze

    I like the wind, but this one’s too cold!


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