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Blog entry by Mark A. DeCou posted 12-12-2007 10:49 PM 948 reads 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Debbie asked about some photos of the ice storm. So, I made it out to the mailbox, and took photos on the way back carrying the mail. Isn’t it amazing, the mail delivery guy never missed a day!

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Coming in the Driveway in front, this is our mailbox, obviously.

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Coming in the Drive way, house on the left, shop in the back.

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Turning to the right, this is the old barn. This barn is featured in the “Barns of Kansas” book by Bob Marsh.

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Another shot of the barn, more artistic this time.

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Shot of the house, with the blue tarp tent for the generator. The wagon wheels I brought home a few weeks ago ended up as yard art until I figure out what else to do with them. I have another axle set, with narrower wheels, so maybe a wagon could be built some time.

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Luke, our beloved Border Collie. I think he is 9 years old now, and going strong still.

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Luke helping already with the limb pick up job.

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Ok, that’s it, I need to get the generator turned off,
Mark

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com



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JasonH

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#1 posted 12-12-2007 10:52 PM

Mark, you can build one of those conestoga chuckwagons for the BBQ competitions I see on Food network. Heck, your four-legged assisstant is already gathering fuel for the campfire!

Stay warm…

-- Living on the square...

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 12-12-2007 10:55 PM

The ice in the trees is beautiful, but nasty!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Mark A. DeCou

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#3 posted 12-12-2007 10:55 PM

Good observation Domacles, Luke prefers to play “fetch” about as much as he likes to chase song birds from one tree to the other. I think the birds actually like the sport of it also.

The only trouble with him helping to pick up the limbs, is that he likes to pull them out of the pile as much as he likes picking them up.

He’s a great dog, a breed we would get again.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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Thos. Angle

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#4 posted 12-12-2007 10:55 PM

Tough times. I remember these when I was a kid. I feel for you. Great good luck to have a generator. Hang in there. We always kept a deck of cards handy for the power outages and snowstorms. Of course, milking the cows by hand took up a lot of time.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Mark A. DeCou

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#5 posted 12-12-2007 11:00 PM

Our place used to be a dairy Thomas. I didn’t take a photo of the milking machine shed, or the entry line shed. They need a lot of repair these days.

Dick: the camera didn’t pick it up well, there is about 3/8” to 1/2” thick ice on all of the limbs. It could have been much worse, but last night it all changed to light wispy snow as it was falling.

It is a beautiful spot, for Kansas. It isn’t the Rockies, nor the Smokies, nor the beach, or the big lakes, or the dense forests. We live in a valley across the road from Wildcat Creek, which feeds Middle Creek, which feeds the Cottonwood River. This area is called the “Flinthill’s”. The hills are mainly layered limestone. There are several rock quarries in the area, some for road gravel, others for cut stone.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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Ellen

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#6 posted 12-12-2007 11:06 PM

Awesome Mark! Talk about a commitment to LJ!

...but then again, what else is there to do?

Thanks for sharing! Ellen

-- Ellen -- http://www.goodadvertising.com/worksofheart/index.html

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#7 posted 12-13-2007 12:41 AM

I live in central Iowa, 25 miles south of Des Moines and we got a full inch of ice here, a little less to the north and a little more to the south. I took some pictures as well but didn’t think to post them anywhere…...I spent the day in the shop working on some cabinet bases I have been working on for the garage and just let it rain and freeze, I did hear a limb come down in my yard so I stepped out to look and all around me there were trees dropping limbs and splitting under the weight of an inch of ice. from up the street where you can’t actually see it happen it sounds alot like gunshots as the poor tree gives up under all that tension. I have seen bad ice storms through my life but this would be one of the worst, it is absolutely amazing just how much a 40 foot tree can droop under all that weight and not break, some of them look like crystal mushrooms. Very beautiful, especially at night.

Merry Christmas All

-- So Much Wood - So Little Time! --

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#9 posted 12-13-2007 02:02 AM

All is well in Delaware today it was 56 deg.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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IowaWoodcrafter

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#10 posted 12-13-2007 05:57 AM

I’m in eastern Iowa and had about the same experience as knothead. I’ll try to take some pictures and post them. The trees look very pretty all covered in ice, too bad it’s so dangerous to create such a winter wonderland.

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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#11 posted 12-13-2007 10:04 AM

Ah yes the Flint Hills, beautiful country, I miss some of the time I lived in Council Grove…..if I did now it would be an opportunity to visit you. I still have friends in Wamego and get there occasionally. Sure glad your storm is over…..for now.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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Mark A. DeCou

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#12 posted 12-13-2007 10:41 AM

John: we aren’t far from Council Grove. I think about 22 miles, but much less as a crow flies.

“Kip” another LJ’er lives outside of CG. If you do get to the area, let me know, and we’ll make a lallapalooza out of it. There are a handful of us in Kansas now that are LJ’ers, and we could make it a get-together. There is another LJ’er that lives up by Manhattan pretty closer to the Wamego area. One of these days, we can all plan vacations with LJ stops along the route, no matter where we want to go!

Chirs: you have more ice than we do. Our trees are holding up if the winds stay down. The only limbs I have seen break were ones with bad spots, or small ones. Still, the power is out. We are headed into day three this morning. We are doing fine still. “Crystal Mushrooms”, watch it, you’re going to send some folks into flashback. ha.

thanks for the comments everyone it is encouraging while I’m twidling my thumbs here,
Mark

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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Mark A. DeCou

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#13 posted 12-13-2007 10:52 AM

I should not have let this go the first time Damocles. What are you doing watching “Food Network?”

Don’t worry, it is on most of the time my wife is in the house, so I see it quite often also. I like the cake decorating competitions, and watching Flay get beat in his throwdowns. I’m not an Emeril fan, but Rachel Ray is good (I’d say more, but that would be inappropriate). I really like that guy that rode the motorcycle across the country eating, sounds like my kind of vacation. He stopped not to far from me the first series, and ate at a resteraunt some friends of ours own, and stayed in the bunk house another friend owns. Pretty big news for around here!

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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#14 posted 12-13-2007 01:45 PM

beautiful pictures.
The barn shots are awesome.

Thanks for taking your precious internet time to post them!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Mark A. DeCou

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#15 posted 12-13-2007 06:35 PM

Well, the power company is telling us 5-7 days. I feel they always estimate on the conservative side, so surely it won’t be that long.

This is day 3.

Back to twidling,
Mark

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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