200 year-old house on 25 rocky acres in high country upstate NY and SO many highbush blueberries!
Thursday, January 14, 2010
On Tuesday and Wednesday I was heartened because I made it up the last 1/2 mile to my house without needing to use 4-wheel drive (in a 5,000 pound truck!). So Wednesday night I dug the car out, ran it for an hour and decided to risk driving the car to work on Thursday. The road is snow-covered for about 1/2 mile and dry for about 24-1/2 miles of my commute.
I was a little concerned because I didn't really have a backup plan if the car couldn't make it up the hill. Maybe park it at the bottom and walk up? I made that walk ONCE, shortly after I moved in. In good weather, it took 45 minutes and I had to stop many times to rest. Leave the car until spring? Maybe. But spending $50 for gas every 200 miles (about 3-4 days) made it worth the risk. The car costs about $25 for gas every 250 miles.
I took the risk (risk-taker that I am) and for those of you that read the title, you know what happened. Yay.
The log skidder is a bit of a mystery. I think it has a bad battery and they bring it down so they can plug it in to start it. Yesterday I came home and the loggers had helpfully shoveled some, including clearing in front of the shed. I wish they hadn't bothered. The shed door doesn't open in the winter. A rock heaves up when the ground freezes, blocking the door. I knew that, but they didn't. I'm planning on changing the door from a standard door to a sliding barn door, so it won't matter how high that rock goes. I priced the hardware for that last week. Expensive.