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Ice Storms & Awnings!

February 21, 2008

Today we had snow off and on, followed by sleet. Tonight we have rain and tomorrow we get more sleet. There is supposed to be a buildup of 2 inches of ice tomorrow morning, but by the afternoon the rain is supposed to melt it. There is a lock in for the youth tomorrow night, but I am not sure it is going to happen. If the roads are bad, it will be put off.

Our awning is out, so whenever it snows or sleets, we have to shake the snow and ice off of the awning so that the weight won’t cause it to collapse. What fun that would be if it came down on us! Right now, it creates a sort of porch on the door side of the rv.

The tarp that covers the roof hangs down over the side and across the awning. This keeps the insulation layer on the roof and the water out, especially since the roof leaks. As the snow and ice melts, the water runs down the tarp creating icicles hanging down from the edges. Where there is string, there is long strip of ice encasing it. Earlier, the thermometer hanging from the awning had several icicles hanging from it with a strip of ice running down both sides of it. I knocked the ice off of it, but fully expect to see more by tomorrow.

When I took off the insulation sheets from the window facing the meadow this morning, there was a thin sheet of ice on the lower portion. Amazingly, there was no ice dam in front of the sliding window and I did not need to unplug the track drain holes. The other window, which is under the awning, had less ice. That side tends to be a tad bit warmer if there is no wind.

Right now, Dave has our son down at our box. They are trying to heat the frozen padlocks so that they can get into it to look for his sleeping bag for the lock in. We have a full size bag up here, but it got left outside in a garbage bag that leaked. It is wet with frozen ice. So, unless we can wash it, he cannot use it because it might have mildew on it.

Ah, yes, mildew…another problem around here. But, I will address that another time. For now, I am going to sign off as I sit here looking out the window at the snow and sleet and listening to the beautiful music of PBN as the gray sky turns to twilight. The road is white already and I am so glad that we do not have to go out tonight. Dave came home early to avoid the ice buildup.

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