Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sunday Walkabout 2-16

This week was all about SNOW
view from barn at morning chores (2-13-14)
the snow continues

(and I think you may already know about my personal feelings regarding the white I'll try to stay positive here)
this lamb shares my sentiments about snow

First we got ready for the snow. With the feed bins stocked, gas, propane and batteries at the ready…we waited for the first flakes.

Then we watched it snow and snow and snow. (okay, most of the snow fell overnight, so we didn’t actually see it fall…but, there it was…somewhere around 18 inches of it in all)  I concede, it was pretty.  Thankfully, it was a light and fluffy snow. Wet, sloppy snow makes for some serious problems here on the hill. But, no power outages or internet issues.  No collapsed hoophouses or roof cave-ins...just a lot of the white stuff...and lots of shoveling and blowing and plowing.

you know it will be an "interesting" day
when you have to shovel your way OUT of the house!

the Boss shoveling to the barn by headlamp

the view from the barn

he made it to the chicken pen!

We shoveled….and the Boss made paths with the snowblower.

wasn't it nice of the Boss to make paths for Squeekie and Gus?

Then the wind began to blow and blow and blow.
this is not blurry...
that's blowing snow!

We shoveled some more.
This time the Boss used the tractor.

Gus and Ellie testing the new path 

It melted a little...and I finally got the sheep out of the barn. 

digging out the feeders

What IS this stuff?

Then it snowed again. (I kid you not!)

The sun is finally really shining…and the snow is really melting…
Gus and Ellie are LOVING it!

which means next week’s story will be all about


Look close...
the willow at the creek is showing signs of life
the tips are turning gold/green!

Oh, well…we’re a little bit closer to Spring.

Happy Sunday!


  1. That is a LOT of snow! I'm so glad it didn't cause any major problems for you!

    1. Thanks, Katie!
      I am SO done with winter. They're already talking about flooding issues as the temps are supposed to get into the 50's by the end of next week.

  2. I love the dogs sitting on top of the snow piles! We got over a foot of snow in Fauquier and our dogs requested a few shoveled paths as well ;) but the best has been the nice crunchy layer on top that we have right now-they are loving being able to just run on top and not fall through. Too funny!

    1. Hey Mandy! It's good to hear from you. Watching the dogs is great, cheap entertainment, isn't it? The hard, crusty drifts are creating new fun as well as a few problems. Ellie can get over the fence now into the chicken pen...and eat chicken food. Oh, joy. And Gus found a partially full Mountain Dew bottle and was playing some sort of game in the back yard that looked like a combo of soccer and curling. It was pretty funny until I figured out that a Gus hopped up on Mountain Dew caffeine would NOT be a good idea. He really didn't want to give up his toy. I'm such a mean mama.
      Thanks for commenting...have a great week!

  3. Hi Barbara, Sitting here in bed with right leg up on pillow (acute patellar tendonitis), Josephine draped around my left hip, husband sleeping to my right, typing one-handed, and waiting to see if we get 1-3" of snow tonight. As I do this, I wonder if you are in the barn or snug in the house. What an undertaking, farming! Love your Sunday walk pix. Especially the one just above the dogs on the snow bank at the end. And also the close-up face of a sheep.
    I hope your week is blessed like crazy!

    1. Hi Maureen!
      Thanks for taking the time to write. It sounds cozy there.

      I am so sorry to hear of your knee pain. I feel for you (really) I was diagnosed with Osgood-Schlatter’s disease in seventh grade. Knee pain was a constant for years. It finally got better when I was done growing, but now I am dealing with “old age”. Lol

      My advice: Be good to your heating pad!

      As you were typing and wondering about the snow, I was peering out into the darkness looking for the cat and seeing the first snowflakes. Thankfully, we only got a good dusting. I think y’all probably got more. Since my bottle babies are down to three bottles a day, I’m usually done with outside stuff shortly after supper. We tend to go to bed with the chickens. Well, not WITH…but, the darkness of winter has us tucking our heads under our wings fairly early.

      …and now it’s time to head out for morning chores...

      Ack! The cat decided that it was too cold to eat her mouse outside. So, she brought it in the house. Today is off to an interesting start.

      Have a great day! I’ll be praying for your recovery.