School was canceled for Pocahontas County today as well. Since I’m a peripheral employee, I’ve learned that each year they plan their calendar to include a number of snow days. If they don’t use them all, or if they must use too many, they run into various accounting problems, and they violate various state and federal regulations. November, December, and January have passed with few school cancellations, so I suspect the Board of Education is trying to burn up those excess instructional days.

It is cold, though. it’s 46 F in the kitchen, and our waterpipes froze in the pump house yesterday despite the heat lamp we run there. Maybe the heater and the new, additional heat lamp will thaw it out today. Otherwise, tomorrow we’ll take a torch to the pipes.