More snowA second storm has already dumped a new accumulation of 2" over the previous 24".

The only sensible thing to do is to hit the sack and hide under warm blankets.

Pidge has been battling winter in South Dakota since early December. She rakes snow off the roofs of her sheds and stable. She cracks ice from the watering troughs for her horses. She clears away the ice and wind-piled snow from her doors. A couple of days later, she does it all over again.

A snowy road in South DakotaLately Pidge relocated a couple of invading possums, the better to keep their roly-poly, parasitic furry forms away from her horses. She captures them in a live trap, then (Plan A) carries them down the road a piece and releases them. Here's the Plan A drop site after a modest South Dakota snowstorm.

Ironic what wind and snowplows can do, given the right terrain, with an overnight wintery mix of just three inches' precipitation.

The Plan B drop site is closer to town, where the snow's not so deep.

Pidge's fairland farmhousePidge's farmhouse is snuggled behind its grove, where the trees bear up under a coating of last night's ice.

Pidge says she's feeling lucky that the road between her house and the state highway is well suited to keep winter in its place. The road is flat, has cornstalks on both sides, and a line of trees about a quarter of mile west/north. She says her road has been passable the whole winter, which has her rethinking her notion of moving down south, to Kansas.

If Pidge stays in South Dakota, she observes, she needs to invest in some labor-saving improvements.

She needs an overhead door in the ATV shed, so she can get the vehicle out without having to chop ice away from the sliding door every day. She also needs need to grade the approach to the hay shed, so snow melt flows away from it, instead of into it, where it freezes the doors shut.