Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sledding and other snowy fun....

Well, nobody could go anywhere today. So we played at home. Went out this morning to a clear blue sky and crispy dry snow. Got all the animals fed, and made a couple of snow angels. Had a lot of trouble making angels inside the fence. Every time I dropped back, Daisy had to come see what I was doing. One time she snuck up and gave me a big doggy kiss. What I ended up with was a bunch of snow angels with dog prints running across them. Karol made better snow angels!
The kids tried to get to work, but had to turn around and come back home. Most of the roads were covered by ice. They never made it off Tuttle Road - not worth the risk.

Got back in the house and the kids grabbed my snow pants and went out to play. Little Holly got all dressed up in her pink snowsuit and went out too.

It was around that time I realized that the snow started sticking together and Andy and I had a little snowball fight. Then I decided I had to build a snow-woman.

The tractor plow came back and made another try, but was having a lot of trouble on the incline. He ended up only plowing one side of the street.That ended up being ok for us, because then we spent the rest of the afternoon sledding down the hill. Papa John even got out the tractor and monster cart and gave us rides back up the hill. I played outside until my toes were tingling.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Snow Update

The snow was supposed to start letting up around 1:00pm, but it looks as though it is snowing harder than ever. I'm watching big flakes drop, and have not seen a car on our street since the kids left for work a couple of hours ago. I am glad that when they get back, they can come in through Log House Lane and park behind the barn. I just looked and it's 20 degrees outside. No wonder the goats won't come out of the barn!

So this is what you do on a snowy day; First light a fire in the wood stove. Then go out and do chores, feed animals, and make sure everyone is bedded down and warm.

Next, give the baby a warm bath, and let her play in the water. Then dress her and feed her. Then give her another bath and let her sleep in the swing.

Let the big dog in to sleep by the door.

And then curl up on the couch for a nap.



To all of my family and friends in Florida -- if you are watching the weather channel, you know we are socked in. It started snowing pretty heavy around 8:00, and we listened to people trying to make it up our hill. It has been snowing on and off all night. The snow pinging against my window is what woke me up this morning. Since we have been having such cold nights, we have had Daisy in the house every night. She seems to be happy to be inside, and sleeps on the rug by the door without a peep all night. This morning she wanted to go out and play in the snow. It's going to be a mess when she wants to come back in! The plow tractor showed up around 8:30 and started working on our street. After he was finished we walked out to the road and realized there was a layer of ice under there that the plow could do nothing about. Unfortunately both Karol and Andy had to go to work today -- definitely a job for the CRVs. We had to shovel the end of the driveway, and they've both made it to work safely. Both their stores are talking about closing early today due to the storm. Many stores and businesses are closed, and churches have canceled all activities for the weekend.Here is the view up and down our road. As I write this, the snow is still coming down. We have plenty of wood for the wood stove, and propane and generator in the motorhome if we loose power. But so far, no sign of that. I think it's time to put a pot of chili on the stove.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Barn Work - AND Check Out Our New Tack Room

We've been busy cleaning out the barn in preparation for spring kidding. This means endless barrels of soiled and rotting hay. Basically the method is simple. Using a pitchfork and shovel, fill 4 barrels. Use the tractor to move the full barrels out to the pasture and dump them. Bring back the empty barrels and repeat. We started this cleanout a couple of weeks ago, and finally! We are seeing FLOOR! I don't have pictures -- it's messy, yukky work. No cameras allowed.

We did accomplish some other things this weekend. John and I spent an afternoon straightening the big barn. The motor home had been moved out for a 4 H meeting, so it was a good opportunity to sweep out the floor. We straightened one of the bays and turned it into a tack/feed room. There is a light hung. We have hooks for harnesses, headstalls, halters. leads. We have storage for treats and feed. It currently has 3 walls and we are thinking about putting in the fourth wall and a door. Have to wait and see how it goes.

Take note of the little heater!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

New Critter on the Farm

We have a new critter on the farm. Papa John liked Sadie so much, he decided he wanted his own little pony. He went for smaller and ended up with a Miniature Horse. We will be measuring him tomorrow for his own harness.

Today he used Sadie's harness - watch the video and note Papa John tipping his hat

I also got busy and set up my tack room. It's pretty temporary, just a 2 x 4 with some some nails sunk in it for hooks.

You can see the harnesses, and my bareback saddle. I can also easily put my hands on picks, grooming tools, Sadie's easyboots, leads, and spare halters. I put a shelf up for fly spray, shampoo, etc.