Saturday, January 23, 2016

Snowy Saturday

Snow!  I woke up to about 13" of snow on the ground, and we probably easily got another 5" during the day today.  It's hard to tell, because it has been blowing around a good bit today.

Here are some pictures from today.  I had these visions of doing nothing at all during the day...enjoying the snow and snuggling on the couch.  Don't get me wrong, I've had a chance to sit down and get sucked into social media, but I've also been busy.

This is how I looked when I went outside this morning.  It's not the most glamorous, but it is warm!

I used our garden tractor to push the snow out of the driveway. I don't care for that chore.  David called me (from work) last night to tell me to push snow so I could keep on top of it, instead of waiting until it was deep.  I was too warm and comfortable to go out late at night and push snow, so I waited until the morning.  It was very difficult. I did what I could, and then used a shovel to start digging out the huge wall of snow left by the snow plows.  I got a 3' wide path through to the road, but had to go inside to take a break. My back doesn't care for heavy lifting, and it was starting to hurt.  A few minutes later I heard my neighbor's snowblower running, and I looked out to see him clearing the end of our driveway!  I was so happy I could have cried. What a relief!

So I baked him some brownies and took them over as a thank you.

Buford spent some time outside with me. He's my shadow, so when I went out to take pictures, he made it clear he would be joining me.

One perk of the snow is that your boots get squeaky clean!

I've been enjoying watching the birds eat at the feeders.  My dad made me this platform bird feeder for Christmas, and the birds really love it!

Remember yesterday when I mentioned how sturdy the sheep shelter was and how much I loved it?   I found a small problem at feeding time this afternoon.

Oops!   I got a garden hoe and started clearing off the roof of the entire shelter.  There was only a small portion of the wooden structure I couldn't reach. I was able to pop the cattle panel roof back up, though it's not quite as rounded as it was before.

It still functions just fine though.  The sheep aren't crazy about the really deep snow, but they seem fine.  I've been hanging hay bags in their shelter so they're content to stay in and eat hay.

It's supposed to get windy tonight...gusts up to 50mph I think.  I'm crossing my fingers the power holds out. I'm prepared if it goes out, but it's much more convenient with electricity!

I am so grateful to everyone who is working hard on the roads, pushing snow and clearing the roads for all the rest of us!  Hopefully they'll get to go home to their families soon.

Now I'm going to go sit at my spinning wheel and work on my "Barley" yarn (from Barley's fleece).


Becky said...

Wow, Kate. That's an insane amount of snow!!! That was awesome of your neighbor to help you out with the end of your driveway and so nice of you to bake the brownies for him. I'm glad the cattle panel popped back up most of the way. I'll cross my fingers for you that you don't lose power!

Momma/Deb said...

I don't know how you so all the work that a farm requires as it is but with the blizzard........OMG. Great job and what a great neighbor to help you out. I love how you and Becky show your appreciation. What a nice thing! I am so glad the cattle panel popped back up. It was really nice looking before and how often do you get 20" of snow anyway?? :-) The animals look healthy and warm and happy. Way to go hon! I like my platform feeder best....he he ;-) Stay warm hon!! Love you, Momma

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