So we were able to move into our bare bones apartment above the barn the first week in February. Once again, the builder and his crew as promised helped move everything back and up the stairs.
Our source of heat and AC was a central air and heat pump system that ended up providing air and heat in the entire barn so the horses were in a climate controlled area too. I am not sure they really know how lucky they have it but they do know when its hot they want to come into the barn.
They also have a wash stall area in the barn with hot and cold water so they get nice warm baths as well year round. I remember when we told the builder we needed a wash area and hot and cold water he could not understand why anyone would wash their horse inside with anything but cold water and further why wash them at all. I think to this day he believed we are crazy.
Well we were in the barn for one week when our area including the only two towns within a 30 minute drive were hit with an ice storm. I am from Florida, never even heard of an ice storm. Was I prepared, absolutely not. Although to my neighbors dismay I did think it was beautiful.
The power went out almost immediately and did not return for any length of time for almost two weeks for some folks. Power out for us meant no water because we have a well, no heat, because we have electric heat and since the well was not pumping no water for the horses either.
So luckily we have a pond we can get water for the horses from the pond right. Ever walked on ice. You cannot stay upright and when you do fall, your on the ground before you even knew you fell. I know that sounds funny but your butt doesnt think so about the 10th fall landing on it.
But we were fairly lucky, our power came on then off in just enough time for the waterers to fill, flush the toilets and sometimes even take a shower. It also stayed on long enough during those intervals we didnt lose much food wise. With no power in the town nearby there was no gas and it was a while before you could even drive. It hit our area pretty hard but I till say it was pretty.