This old barn has been sitting out in the open prairie all its life and the accumulated north winds have finally had an effect. The farmer is long gone as are all the horses, cows, and other livestock that sought shelter during the long winter months.
Notice how the upper track of the main door has come to rest on the top of the door. This in turn has jammed and prevented the building from leaning any further and ultimately falling over.
The wooden interior is still in good condition as is the cement floor. A skillful carpenter could jack the building back into place but there is little use for this building as a barn. Without some special attention it has a short life span at this stage.
During the night we got about six inches of fresh light snow and our woods have transformed. The ground reminds me of a new canvass, waiting for mother nature to record her activities.
More snow is expected, along with strong winds, so our local school was cancelled. I’ve taken my scoop and opened the driveway to the gravel road. In the next day or two I will widen the trail and push the snow back. While the main highways have already been plowed it will take more time for the gravel secondary roads to be cleaned off.
Our county highway departments is very efficient at removing snow and it takes a major storm to prevent us from getting into town. This snowfall has not closed any roads but serious winds can change that fast.
We are already two months into winter but only received a little more than a foot of snow. One year, 1997, we had ten blizzards and a hundred inches of snowfall. It was even worse in the 1940’s. It’s rather boring now.