Friday, March 16, 2018

Snow is definitely prettier than mud

No BBQs just yet
These photos all from yesterday. The icicles are all around the house, but the best ones are outside the dining room window where the screen gets in the way of a good photo. The biggest one was about 5' tall, but it fell before I took this shot.

The sun was out most of yesterday, so the icicles are growing bigger and then crashing down. Today, more wind and snow and cold—high of 26°.

I am not worried, spring will come. And snow is preferable to the mud or the ice we had before.

Cyrus sees the deer. I do not.
He will sit out there with snow up to his belly, just waiting...
Woody, who is not on the leash or fenced in,
cares more about the pig poop/mud he can find under the snow.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

March and the disappearing bench

March 15, 2018
Last year this time we lost the bench in one huge snowstorm, almost 4 feet, maybe even more, hard to tell. This year we have been getting a little snow here and there. It melts and then comes back. Total accumulation is hard to judge, because we are getting wind making some serious drifts, and sun doing some serious melting all at the same time. I am guessing it is about 2 feet total on March 15, 2018.

March 15, 2017

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Cabin fever

All that melting snow makes for some lovely icy adornments to the roof (last pic). When this is what it looks like from inside, it is difficult to get inspired to go outside. And we just keep getting more snow every day. Not a lot, just enough to keep it all covered in white.

So these boys are getting bored with all this quality time inside by the woodstove. What do they do when they're bored? Destroy the sofa, of course.

It was a nice Pottery Barn sofa so many years ago. Now it is one big dog bed/dog playpen. It's really fun to knock off all of the cushions and pillows and then chew on the nice wool blanket... Doncha think?

Alright, I'll get off the computer and take you for a walk.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Snow, sun, mud, ice and then again...

Toyota Tacoma, mudbathing
It's not all that unusual to have this kind of weather this time of year, but it's just getting kind of repetetive. Some pretty snow, not too much. Then the sun shines again (which the cats are loving!). Then the snow melts and makes lots of nice mud (which Tim's new truck is not loving). Then it gets cold and the mud freezes and makes lots of slippery ice (which none of us are loving). Then more snow covers the ice, but not enough to take away the slip factor.

Spring is coming. The cats don't really care.

Willie, sunbathing
MonkeyCat, sunbathing

Friday, March 2, 2018

House or ice cube?

Looks like I just popped it out of an ice cube tray, but we are warm inside. It's 82° in the living room right now with the woodstove all fired up. Just went canoeing with Marie on Oaks Creek yesterday. No snow, a bit less than 50°, but still ice on the lake when we made our way up there. Wish I would have worn boots instead of water shoes, but otherwise a very pleasant ride.

This storm even has a name—Riley. Since when do they name anything other than hurricanes?

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Legbars and Bielefelders

Not a Legbar or Bielefelder, just a Golden-Laced Wyandotte checking out the new girls while laying an egg for me...
3 Cream Legbars with fancy hairdos
The Husband convinced me to buy 5 more laying hens last night rather than be tempted by all the new chicks coming to nearby hardware stores and Tractor Supply...not to mention how easy it is to purchase them online and have them shipped to the Post Office.

The problem with buying the chicks locally is that they only ever have the same breeds available, and we always end up with a rooster in the mix even though they are supposed to be "sexed".

1 of the 2 German Bielefelders
The problem with buying them online, where they have all the interesting chicken breeds available, is that you have to buy a minimum of 15 if you buy now, with a $15 shipping charge. Or you can buy a minimum of 3 after April 1, but then the shipping is $35. The more interesting breeds are $3 - 8 each, and sometimes over $20.

So $20 each for hens that are already laying is a pretty good deal. We chose 3 Cream Legbars that lay blue/green eggs, and 2 German Bielefelders that lay brown ones.

We picked them up last night from a nice guy in Mt. Vision, which is only about 20 minutes from here.

Now we just have to somehow convince the ladies that this is their home, and more importantly, that Rte 28 which is only about 50 ft from the coop, is to be avoided. Also, the big black chicken-killing dog named Cyrus must be avoided at all costs! So far they are hiding out in the coop even though they have access to the outside. And that's a good thing as Martha Stewart would say!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Even more beautifuller! :)

I posted yesterday about going from snow to green and back to snow. It was a really wet snow which came down pretty quickly, and looked lovely even though it was covering the green. This first pic is from when I was walking my beagle friend Emma around noon.

The Husband came home early and we decided to walk over to the horse farm across from us and take some more photos as the sun was going down, but at least it was shining again. Although the eagles were not in their nest, we got some beautiful photos, and Woody had a great time being a kook after he pulled out of his collar...again...

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Seeing green again…

…but not for long!

I think it hit 70° yesterday morning. Sun was shining, ice and snow melting, able to see the grass again!

But by mid-afternoon the skies turned gray, it rained some, and the temperature dropped to 48°. To make up for all that melted snow, we are getting more this morning. The first big pic is from about 10 am, the second from 2 pm.

It is still February, so not a real surprise.

I think the nice weather was more shocking to everyone and everything yesterday. What looked like honey bees, not wasps but not sure, were in all of the feed bowls. In the pig pen and the chicken yard, nowhere near each other at either end of our driveway, all of the feed bowls were covered in bees. I guess the normal bee food is not available this time of year.

Poor Johnny Be Good had to make his way through the mud to fight off the bees to get to his food.

I don't know which is worse, the mud or the ice which preceded it. I had to buy ice cleats for both of us just to get from the garage to the house. Now the ice is almost all gone, but the mud is deep (look at Johnny up to his knees!) and covered in snow. But at least it's a sign that spring is almost here. Yay for that!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Taste of Spring

My car, Emma's house

The Herkimer Creek goes past Dr Pam's
as well as our house. Finally the ice has melted
off the top and you can see water again.
I noticed while walking my friend's beagle Emma yesterday, that the birds are returning from their winter retreat, wherever that may have been. It was in the 50°s and sunny, so they picked a good time to come back.

All winter we have had a pair of cardinals, plenty of crows, chickadees and phoebes, and a couple of hawks around, but the eagles were sadly missing from their nest across the street. I think that ugly March snowstorm caused them to lose their babies last year, and we have not seen very much of them since. There is a second nest now, quite close to the other one, but I haven't really seen the eagles in there either—until about 2 weeks ago—they're back in both nests!

When I walk Emma on our normal route to Dr. Pam's, I am starting to see and hear more birds. Yesterday I saw a Downy Woodpecker, and heard some other birds singing that I did not recognize.

We still have several inches of melting snow on the ground, but at least most of the ice is gone. Just a taste of spring before it gets cold again...

Dr. Pam is selling her vet practice, house, and horse farm. It all comes with this beautiful piece of property and plenty of birds. She has eagle visitors often, and has a bird cam set up to capture them in action. She has some fantastic photos that I will have to get her to send me sometime soon.