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.

Friday, March 08, 2013


Cardinal In the Snow
We had another odd little storm front plow through last Monday night.  When I left work on Monday it was starting to sleet and snow.  By the time I got home the flakes were coming down heavily and the wind had changed to the North East and was howling.  Literally.  I've never heard it howl around my house like it did that night.  It was very unsettling.  The dogs kept barking because they didn't know what was causing the noise.  I really feared my deck would go sailing into the night.  The wind finally settled down a bit by bedtime, but the snow and rain kept up off and on all night.

I like this one--three Cardinals, a Purple Finch and either a sparrow or Gold Finch in the middle

Again I had to close down the cat door since the wind was howling through it.  In the process Tempe saw what I was doing and ran out into the wind, sleet and snow.  She huddled under the bench in the catio just long enough to show she could take it then ran back to the house.  Lucky her I didn't accidentally lock her out.  Squirrel.

Grand Old Cedar In the Snow (this one didn't lose it's life in the insurance debacle)
Tuesday morning there was about 3.5 inches and it was a very heavy wet snow.  When I looked outside all I saw was a wall of white.  It was quite a sight--the snow was so wet it had adhered to the fence so you couldn't even see the wire.  The top of the catio looked like it had a white roof on it.   I have to admit it was all very beautiful but I was glad we didn't get any more than we did.  The weight of the snow was causing small branches to snap off as it was.  We did not (thankfully) get the awful amounts of snow they had up near Kansas City.

I ended up staying home as the roads were extremely slick --- a semi cab managed to almost slide off the road and get firmly stuck going up the hill down the road.  Our electricity went off for about three hours after flickering on and off for about an hour.

Had this kept up we would have been in big trouble---the snow was glued to the trees!
The birds were hungry.

Watching Create channel (PBS) made me hungry, and I longed to be able to paint as quickly and happily as Bob Ross (used to).

We need the moisture, but I'd just as soon get non-freezing rain.  I think it snowed almost everyday last week, but after Tuesday most of it didn't stick.  Kind of a like a drizzly day only with snow.

It sounds like we might get some warmer weather, and with all the moisture that should help bring the pastures on.  The sheep will be thrilled.   I'm  ready for Spring.   

Minty and Carly acting subdued in the snow--but really they were having the time of their lives!  They loved it.

Verity was chewing me out about something--the snow was exciting but cold.  Can you see how the snow stuck to the wire top of the catio?

These are the snow balls that accumulated on the dogs as they played!  It was a very wet snow.

I think they were trying to warm their toes....

Ashley hated it, and was only out for a bit under duress.

Tempe on the top shelf.  Little snow ain't gonna stop that tortie-tude.

This was the fence--really!  It was a very white world. 

I love this picture......

Now let's move on to Spring!


Sue said...

Oh, you got a lot more snow than we did. My dogs would have loved it,but I'm ready for Spring now, except for the mud part.

We don't know where or how the dogs got Crypto or corona. Crypto is found in water and they may have gotten into an infected puddle somewhere, but corona, I believe is dog to dog contact and my dogs seldom meet strange dogs. We do however have neighbors who aren't good about veterinary care for their dogs, so that may have been one contact.

The Cat Guy said...

You sure got lots of snow! Those cardinals look really pretty against the white backdrop.

Tina T-P said...

Boy, you have a veritable cornucopia of birds there - LOVE the cardinals!! Your snow pictures are really pretty - it's always prettier when it's in someone else's yard - ha ha. T.

Phyllis Oller said...

We got 8 inches of the white stuff.It`s melted now,& we have rain pouring down out there today.
The snow made a beautiful picture with the colorful birds waiting their turns at your feeder,since you still have cedars,maybe you`ll get bluebirds this spring?,I can`t get a cedar to grow here,though the neighbors have them,have a great week,phyllis