Sooo... I've been busy prepping for the storm.
My main concern is the outdoor kitties, so I set up a few wind breaks around the kitty village in hopes that it will prevent any blowing snow from drifting in and inundating their little houses.
They also have another house on the south side of the house, and I was concerned that it could get buried. Fortunately, someone tore out an old wooden gate and left the pieces in the alley. They were the perfect size to create a little lean-to to protect it.
The trash cans don't usually blow away, but their lids do tend to blow open so...
Then there are the gutters. This is a really long story, so I'll spare you the details, but the gutters on my garage weren't installed correctly, so they weren't draining. The result was that during our first big rain/snow of the season, the water overflowed the gutters and poured down onto the back patio, totally inundating the little kitty village. Seriously, their houses had an inch of water in them!
The only real way to fix it was to add an additional downspout - but it was problematic because the place it needed to go was right by the gate, meaning it would leave a big puddle (and subsequently ice rink) right where I have to walk. Not good!
So, I got creative.
It's a bit Rube Goldberg-esque, but it's working great, and the kitties stayed perfectly dry during the last rain.
Of course, CatMan, who actually has something called spatial ability, took one look at it and said that the right thing to do would be to turn the corner and run a downspout horizontally across the top of the garage door, and then make it go down and drain into the alley. Why didn't I think of that?
Well... next spring maybe...
In other news, Little Blackie is turning into a real sweetheart.
She likes to play, and if I wiggle a long piece of straw or a stick, she'll happily chase it for hours. She still won't let me get close enough to touch her, but she and Smoky seem to be bonding...
Alrighty! It's supposed to start fallin' in an hour or two, so here's hopin' everybody stays safe and warm!
And on that note, I think I'm gonna go make a big batch of chicken soup!
Happy Winter Everybody!!!