Wait for the wind to stop? You’ll never get anything done in Texas!

I worked a lot yesterday on clearing my two-horse trailer of camping gear and storage boxes.  I have this reluctance to store things in the attic because of spontaneous combustion, so I am careful about what goes in the attic — hardly any cardboard boxes, mainly plastic storage containers that are tightly sealed.  The main focus of work, however, was to reclaim the two-horse trailer for hauling Star, hay and camping gear.  I have a larger stock trailer, but I like the shorter trailer for maneuverability.

There’s an old Irish saying:  If we wait for the rain to stop so we can work, we’ll never get anything done.  Transposing that old saw:  If we wait for the wind to stop or the weather to cool here in Texas, we’ll never get anything done.  So I worked with barn doors banging, dust about me, and wind chill in the 40s.  The wind blew a gale, upwards of 40 mph gusts during the day, and when night fell, I parked the trailer and F-250 inside the barn beside the tractor.  The photo shows the interior of the barn with trailer, truck, tractor and in the background the ever-present Stihl chainsaw (orange casing next to back wall).  The Stihl needs a workout on windfall oak in the grove.

In Santa Fe, Mr. Rios, of the Rios Woodyard in back of Geronimo’s Restaurant on Canyon Road, told me last winter that he would trade me even-Steven for oak and pinion.  I need pinion, he needs oak.  I won’t make it to Santa Fe this holiday, so I have time to cut the oak into proper size to make the trade in the summer.  The Stihl chainsaw is just about the most reliable chainsaw I have ever used.  I have many “safety issues” with using a chainsaw, but that’s for another post.  (I beginning to feel like I am writing a column for safe behavior in the modern Wild West.)

The wind did not cease until 10:30 p.m., but the trailer is clean.  I got a few things done in Texas today.

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15 responses to “Wait for the wind to stop? You’ll never get anything done in Texas!

  1. I really, really don’t like the wind especially when it’s cold out. But, every location has its drawbacks weather-wise, here it’s the fog that can linger for days or weeks, taking away my much beloved sun. But there are still the chores that beckon us, weather be damned. I’m glad you could answer the call, often the weather wins out as I prefer to stay inside my cozy den.

  2. I’m not too fond of wind either, but fortunately we get very little in this little valley. The wind that we like least here is the wind that will come up in late summer that drives the wildfires.
    Sure do like the Stihl though. It’s a standard in this part of the country and there are few who don’t have one. This past summer I cut about 8 cords with mine, and it’s an old saw at that.

  3. We’ve just had a good wind here – and it seemed to take a good grip in the roof, but nothing happened fortunately. I live in a top-flat, so I don’t like when it is rumbling above my head! I like the wind when I’m over by the North Sea and the whole sea is roaring and crashing, I’ve been there in an October storm, but I don’t go there on a cold windy, winter’s day. That’s too cold for me. Is it that cold where you are now?
    Grethe `)

  4. I am sorry you and Brenda will not make it up to Santa Fe this holiday. I know a trip to NM is always heart warming to you guys.

  5. Unfortunately, the wind here can limit my work, if not stop it. When we get those strong northerlies, they empty out the bay, and any boat attached to a fixed pier becomes inaccessible. Well, to be fair – I could drop on to those boats, but I’d never get off until the tide comes back in!

    I’m a wind-lover, myself. Still, a little experience on the prairies and open range makes clear why one of the first things settlers did was the planting of windbreaks!

  6. You accomplished an amazing amount of work, Jack, under some tough conditions. Those Texas winds can be ferocious. (I’ve often thought the actual wind speed belied the actual force.) Your barn is a testament to your character!

    I know how much you enjoy NM and felt a pang that you and Brenda would not be going this year. Sometimes, ‘when the times are a-changin’,’ it’s best to ‘sit tight.’ That’s what we’re doing, even if the family trip to NO for the holidays is counter-image (with steep allowances elsewhere to compensate), but one of those things there’s no getting out of.

    Hub arrived home late Thanksgiving (31 hours to get here), very happy for home and hearth. Jack, these companies are cooking’ the stats – they’re rolling in the loot – American businessmen are out in force everywhere.

    Anyway, sorry I haven’t dropped by more – it’s been hectic and I kinda ran out of steam.

  7. We are getting pounded with wind and rain fresh from your region as I write this reply. Wind is fierce and the rain harsh. I can attest to the fact that Stihl makes a wonderful chainsaw. I have my 025 pro for more than a decade, it has cut more than 100 cords of wood, and its still running strong. Doesn’t like alcohol in the gas however so I use Startron to mediate the alcohol made from corn.

    This post caught my attention. Sort of reads like my life, if you know what I mean.

  8. Five days later, wind is pounding over here in Albuquerque – gusts to over 70 mph! The wind got me moving today as it seems to have gotten you moving, Jack, a few days back. Had to go around making sure everything that could blow away was put away. Our news station is talking about emergency preparedness and I almost went out and got more cash and batteries. I did start putting important papers into a waterproof container tonight, tho. But, unlike Wild Bill, we probably won’t get deluged. But at least the important papers won’t blow away.

    So, it is interesting how you put no cardboard in the attic – spontaneous combustion?

  9. When I moved to Grayson County from Southern California I asked my husband about this Texas wind. “Not like it is in the Panhandle but it does blow alot” And it only blows when there is work to be done. Glad you got your work done safely!

  10. Oh, my! You’ve changed your header photo. What a beautiful, beautiful scene.

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