Mired in Mud!

We have had a very mild winter compared with last year – no snow to speak of and plenty of days with temps in the 40s and 50s.  I’m very happy about this because it means we don’t have to use as much propane to heat the house, the chickens and goats aren’t suffering from the cold and we haven’t had a single ‘snow day’ at school.  Since it’s been wet as well as mild, we have enough water in the cistern to shower more than once a week and can even do laundry (our largest water use) regularly.

The downside (and isn’t there always a downside?) is that our dirt driveway is a muddy quagmire.  And Indiana mud isn’t just wet dirt – it’s a sticky clay that gathers on your boots with every step until you have acquired several pounds of muck that threaten to drag off your footwear with the next step!  It’s nearly impossible to drive in (as the UPS driver discovered when he got stuck delivering a holiday package) and we’ve taken to parking on a higher and dryer patch of ground rather than in front of the house. muddyIt also diminishes the already limited ambiance of the homestead both inside (due to the amount of mud tracked in) and outside.  Combined with the grey and dreary skies, dark leafless trees and short days it is an altogether depressing landscape right now.

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2 Responses to Mired in Mud!

  1. Hi,

    Just checking in to read how your health is. I hope it is doing much, much better. I’ve been reading your blog since 2008 and am so happy of the strides you’ve made to improve the lives of your family–a person of less sterner stuff wouldn’t have made it–but you need to take care of yourself. Please let us know how you are.

    Happy New Year, and cheers to a better year than last the last one.

    SJ

  2. Peg says:

    The “to do” list never ends for homeowners, does it? Homes consume money but they do provide shelter, and some include heat, water, power and other wonderful amenities of life, making the investment worthwhile. Glad to know your abode is working for you, your family and( going beyond the immediate building), your livestock ,very efficiently. What a wonderful difference a bounty of running water makes! Look at all the change you have made in less than three years!
    Seems like you are enjoying a successful first semester in guiding your students through the required curriculum while encouraging their inquisitive minds. It appears all is well on the family front and you have handled all the life changes and medical challenges smoothly, even when a medical concern cropped up at work. Way to go! Thank you for posting and showing just how you address the problems with aplomb. Super job!
    As for the mud and muck it will likely continue yearly in spring and of course, with any warmer, wet fall days, just as it does in Alaska and other places.Recently I went to a nearby farm to get eggs and the whole barn area including the driveway to the barn was just a mucky mess. Yup. mud on my shoes ( I failed to wear boots ’cause I don’t own a pair) mud in the car, mud, mud mud. IMHO mud will remain a challenge until it gets addressed,’cause that is just the way it is with mud and it sort of goes hand in hand with rural living.
    Here are some links with potential ideas on reducing the impact of mud on foot travel- maybe you can consider for action this summer. I think a series of “docks” or raised decks/walkway might be helpful. Good luck! – Peg
    https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/publications/fs_publications/01232833/fig048.jpg

    http://www.hobbyfarms.com/home-and-barn/gravel-pathways.aspx

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