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This blog belongs to two Gen X-er's smackdab in downtown Kansas City where we've been renovating and decorating two old Victorians built in the 1890's. Our life is filled with 3 demanding Pomeranians (1 of them cranky, of course), honking cars, noisy neighbors and the hustle and bustle of city life but we dream of the day when we can move to our 40-acre farm and hear nothing but the wind and the cows next door. Until then, we're chronicling our triumphs and mishaps here as we try to garden and preserve on 2 city lots, raise chickens, and learn all those things we should have learned from our grandparents. Welcome to our world - we hope you'll stay awhile!

Winter's Cruel Return

Thursday, February 21, 2013

A view at 10:00 a.m. from the back deck looking over the garage at the chicken coop. 

Ol' Man Winter sure is a mean one!  Despite it being February, we've enjoyed several warm days in the 60's asnd we've gotten spoiled.  As he does just about every year, the Ol' Man is taking another swipe at us so that we don't forget he's still around.

When I got up a little before 6 a.m. there was nothing happening outside but the weatherguessers were saying that it had crept within the I-435 loop around the city.  After they said western Kansas and Colorado were basically unpassable, I emailed the office and told everyone to work from home.  No sense in risking life and property when we can do our jobs from home.  By 7 a.m., the winds picked up and the snow started flying.  It quickly became so thick that we couldn't even see the chicken coop in the back yard!  We've gotten about 9 inches of snow in the last 3 hours and it's not slacking off one bit.

Meanwhile, they have closed the Kansas City International airport, there are multiple pileups on the highways (including a 20-car pileup south of here), and they're considering closing I-70 (the biggest highway that crosses both Kansas and Missouri).

J., the dogs and I are watching all this unfold from our safe, warm house.  The chickens don't want anything to do with it either and are spending the day on the roost.  We'll be going out to check on them and take them fresh water and scratch as soon as the eye of the storm gets here.

In the meantime, I'd say this calls for some hot chocolate....what do you think?

Toasty and warm,


  1. Ooooo, that looks really cold. Good for you to have everyone work from home! Please stay safe, warm & dry.

  2. Wish all employers/bosses/managers had your thoughtfulness - my hubby just returned home after nearly two hours on back roads and seeing at least 100 cars stranded in ditches. He may have ruined his transmission doing it as well. My feathers are all in a ruffle - I hope I don't ever meet his boss because I would have choice words for her!

  3. Cruel is right... we got at least 8 to 9 inches over here, and I am pooped out slogging through the crusty drifts (today) to both chicken houses. We lucked out finding someone to plow the 100 yard drive, thank HEAVENS! Stay warm and dry!

  4. I always struggle with this time of year...we always need more moisture, so I hope for more snow...but I'm also *really* ready for spring and warmth and sunshine on my back and dirt under my nails. Ugh...


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