Are we in South Dakota? We just had to check. Sub-zero weather for several days, the thermometer barely making it past 30…but, yes, here we are in the Appalachian mountains (in honor of my friend, Mary…quick – what’s the capital of South Dakota? If you don’t know, you can look it up and learn something today).
It’s cold, but we know how to dress to stay warm, yet stylish.
Some come equipped with all that is needed to stay warm.
A snowy day with overcast skies.
...gives way the next day to colder temperatures and a brilliant sun that reflects off the white blanket
…and makes an interesting design on our pond.
So – until the ice and snow melt, we’ve put our outdoor project on hold
and we are concentrating on plans for a spring garden. Maybe these guys getting ready for spring, too!
Yes, it’s been a wonderful winter so far. It’s been really cold – we’ve had light snow a few days and it even got below zero a couple days this month. I didn’t think it could get much better, but today – well, today has been just swell.
It’s been snowing steadily since mid-morning. I got to eat snow – I was trying for a (sort of) straight line about 1/4 mile to the mailbox.
But, before we got there we decided to inspect the pond which was full of snow.
But, wait – it gets even better….I got to go off leash and run all over the place. I inspected all my favorite places. And then…
Yep, more excitement ahead – I got to help tend to the chickens.
In this weather, we need to check pretty often to see if an egg has been laid. We don’t want the eggs to freeze. I tried to get under the netting so I could be of more assistance, but someone was too quick for me!
Mainly, though, it was fun to be out making paw prints in the snow!
79 – number of eggs provided by the five fine and lovely ladies in just one month! These girls are something else!!!
5 – achieved today, the maximum number of eggs found in the hen house in one single day! You go girls!
8 – degrees Farenheit this morning when the world finally woke up despite my cock-a-doodling for several hours! Note the depressions in the snow below the message – some creature with a rough tongue appears to love eating snow.
1 – Creature with rough tongue. Said creature decided it was important to sneak under the plastic fencing to inspect the goings on in fowl-dom. Please refer to pictorial evidence below. My watchful eye kept matters under control!
12 – Number of apple trees pruned today, as reported by a reliable source.