Like a walk through the country side living on a small farm is full of daily surprises, sometimes wonderful and amazing, and other times puzzling and sad. I hope you will walk with me as I live out my dream of living on this tiny farm. You will come to know the dogs, cats, Shetland sheep and chickens that make up this farm and what goes into keeping them happy and healthy. Come and join the journey with me.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Rain turned into ice, ice turned into sleet, sleet turned into snow......and snow turned into sunshine! The storm system has finally moved itself on out of the area and today, the sun finally broke through. We got four inches of snow last night on top of about an inch of sleet/ice. The roads were a mess, so our boss told us not to even try today, and who am I to argue with that! I think (hope) today will help the roads, as the sun hits the asphalt and activates some of that chemical.It sure is nice to have time to do chores at a leisurely pace and to take care of all those little things, instead of rushing through to get ready to head off for work. The sheep have hay in their big round feeder, but it was fun to drag out a half a square bale for them. Gives them something exciting in their lives on a snowy day. The chickens didn't want to walk in the white stuff, so I tossed some hay down in front of their door and most of them were standing in a miserable pile just outside of the door when I finished chores. Good news though, as they have started laying again. I'm getting two to three eggs per day, which is great since the weather is in the teens and the chickens are 'aged-ed'. They took about a six to eight weeks off, so I figure that is a reasonable vacation!
I shoveled off the paths, carried in more wood, did the normal chores, fed the birds and swept the floors. Now I'm planning on staying inside most of the day, and likely do some more paperwork and keep shoving the wood in the stove. The dogs are loving this white stuff--even old Ariel is out there plowing around every time I look outside. Boone loves it--he rolls in it, runs and just acts like the nut we all know he is. Those two sure are a funny looking 'pack'. ;-)
This is our first real snow of the year, and it's actually a bit of a relief that it finally turned into snow and quit that nasty freezing rain and sleet nonsense. I guess down south in Arkansas they sure got battered---many thousands without electricity. We were 'on the line' where it could have went either way for us.