The Bag Lady had a frustrating day yesterday. She spent part of the day trying to fix her computer. It refuses to allow her to download the pictures and videos from her camera. Sigh. She will try again as soon as she has time.
She and the Rancher went to his mother's for supper last evening. The Princess had to go, too, because Grandma is one of her favourite humans. While they were there, a blizzard blew in and the drive home, although short, was not exactly pleasant. The Bag Lady was happy she didn't have far to go. She was also happy to get into the house and thought she was in for the night.
She was wrong.
When you live in the country and have a well supplying your water, occasionally things go awry. The Bag Lady turned on her kitchen tap and discovered the water pressure was down. This happens when the cows are drinking from their waterer, but they do not usually drink at night. The Bag Lady waited a few minutes and tried it again, and when the pressure did not return, bundled up and went out into the storm to check the pumphouse. This sits over the well, and contains the pressure tank. Occasionally, if the weather is really cold, the pumphouse cools down enough that the water freezes. The Bag Lady didn't really think it was cold enough for that to happen, but she decided she had to check, just in case the heater had quit working, or something else had gone wrong.
There was nothing wrong in the pumphouse - the heater was working and everything looked okay, so she trudged out to the corral in the blinding, blowing snow to check on the waterer. Sure enough, it was overflowing. Back to the house she trudged and she and the Rancher spent the next hour and a half fixing it. It has a float in it similar to what is in your toilet, and when the cows drink the float rides down with the water. When it rides down, it opens a valve that allows the bowl to fill again.When the bowl is full, the float shuts the valve. Simple.
Somehow, the cover that sits over the float had gotten bent around the float, preventing it from rising high enough to shut the water off. The Rancher, after much struggling with iced and frozen bolts, managed to wiggle the cover off. He straightened it, then went back to the pumphouse to turn the water on. Fortunately, the float was not damaged and everything worked properly. So he replaced the cover and finally got to go to bed for his much-needed rest.
He and the Bag Lady determined that due to the ice built up around the waterer, one of the cows must have slipped and put a foot in the waterer, bending the cover. So the Bag Lady, who is supposed to go to town today for a physiotherapy appointment, will first take the axe out and try to chip away as much of the built-up ice as she can. When she is in town, she will pick up something to help melt the ice.