Back to business…

The snow is starting to melt and the girls are enjoying getting back out to forage

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They are enjoying being out in the parts of the yard that are free from snow

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And finding bugs that are coming out now that the snow is melting

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I am happier because I am getting more eggs

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They are much happier now that they can be out in the yard roaming which is what they are used to.

First Day of Spring… I think NOT

So “they” say yesterday was the first official day of spring. Well at our place yesterday and today looked something like this…

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Not that I am complaining as it was the only good snow we actually got this whole winter. Hubby and I were both home, no thanks to my county job. They were too cheap to let us off in a foot of snow so they put us on liberal leave, so I took off. I am not dumb enough to drive with people around here who have no idea how to drive in the snow. Hubby and I enjoyed two days together. We had a great time taking care of the animals, doing things inside the house, I cooked a lot, baked some, we cleaned the vehicles off, played games, and we watched the birds.

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We had some company watching the birds, as little Grayson is an avid bird watcher. He spent most of the day at his bird watching spot very much entertained.

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We get a little variety of birds like woodpeckers, blue jays, blue birds, nuthatches, cardinals, etc.

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It’s hard to get pictures of them all as by the time I would get my camera they would fly off. We even had our squirrel visitor.

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Some of them liked to stay on the ground and eat the seed that fell from the bird feeders. Others flew all over from tree, to feeder, to the ground playing and eating in the snow.

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We have a few pairs of cardinals. The males…

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And the females are both pretty to me and I counted at least 4 pairs today.

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Looks like we got at least the foot of snow they said we would get. The chickens won’t be happy they still can’t get out tomorrow, but the treats of corn, seeds, veggies, and fruits we have been giving them, have kept them happy for now. Hope you are seeing spring where you are.

 

Snow Dogs on the Hunt

Our boys love to play in the snow especially when you are out with them. They love to run in any wide open space and find new places to explore.

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Our Chase is pretty intrigued when he is around any barn and is always trying to sniff out the critters. He is usually on high alert during these times not wanting to miss a thing.

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The have enjoyed the snow now that it isn’t so cold and windy, yet now the snow is almost gone and the grass is showing, so there probably won’t be much snow for them to play in tomorrow. That’s okay because warmer weather means more hiking and walking on trails. Do you have any favorite trails or hiking spots near you that you or you and your pups like to go?

Snow to spring and back again …

That last eastern snow storm got us  Monday night into Tuesday.

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Since we knew it was coming our way we did prep work around our place. Secured the chickens and got a couple flock blocks set up plus extra water, covered up the tractors, moved the generator, and filled up the bird feeders as we like to provide a spot for the birds in the snow to get food.

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There were quite a few birds that showed up…

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All three boys liked watching the birds, the two pups from the door and little Grayson from the window…

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We also enjoy watching them. You see a hierarchy just like you do with the chickens… interesting to watch.

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I also like to see the little birds find ways to get to the good food and fool the bigger birds.

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Provides some good entertainment on a snowy day.

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If you got this snow I hope you stayed safe and warm. I was lucky this time, hubby did the shoveling and snow blowing and I got to be inside cooking and baking. I think I got the better part of the deal 😉

 

And back again…

I know I just posted about the looks of spring coming to our area. I was looking forward to some nicer weather and the wind to not be so much of a bother.

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But today I woke up to this… snow, cold, wind 😦 The ground, deck, and all were covered.

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My flower beds were covered too and my poor budding flowers.

 

I guess old man winter is not ready to let go just yet. I hope it doesn’t keep my tulips and other flowers from blooming when spring does finally decide to stay. Weather says possibly more snow tonight. We shall see.

I Spy… Spring

A couple weeks ago or so it looked like this…

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The boys were out playing in the snow…

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And jumping on the logs that hubby has been splitting for fire wood…

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It was a winter wonderland. And today….

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There were blooms and buds everywhere…

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Pretty little flowers…

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Of many colors…

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Buds pushing through for daffodils…

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So many flowers coming through the ground…

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The chickens were all over the place and loving the nicer weather…

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And I have been enjoying their increase in egg production. Its not really “warm”, but defiantly not “cold”. Its hubbys kind of weather and we’ve been getting out in the yard getting things done. Happy for more “spring like” weather!

 

 

Snow, Bird, whatever that was…

Our little Grayson has a few perches in the house that he loves to sit in. During each season he has different things to watch and he will use one perch more then others. Right now he loves this one as he can see many things. He has recently been enjoying the snow falling…

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Watching the birds fly from the tree right below this window or the chickens in the yard.

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And sometimes I am not sure what he is seeing, but it sure keeps his interest.

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Its entertaining watching him be entertained by all the things he sees. It’s also cute to hear him make little noises with different things he sees and watch him sometimes try to go after something, only realizing he can’t get it when his paw swipes the glass pane of the window. I think he is calmest though when he watches the snow… but I can’t blame him that’s when I am calmest too 🙂

Time for Snow Fun…

Good morning…. Chase is ready for more snow fun today. He can’t wait to be out again today playing and having fun.

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(Who can resist this face that says “mommy let me play in the snow”) The plan is to finish inside chores and in between take snow breaks to let him run about and play. I am sure Baxter will join him some of the time. Today should be full of snow adventures.

First Snow…

We had our first snow… it was so pretty.

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It started last night and went through early this morning.

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After work today I took the boys out to play and enjoy the snow.

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Baxter has new boots as he is getting older and he gets colder quicker then he used to. At first he wasn’t sure of them, but then he got used to traipsing about with them on.

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Chase is a big lover of snow and he loves to race about and see how fast he can go then stop quickly and turn to race the other way.

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I love to take the boys out and let them play. They are now resting and recharging for more play time in the snow tomorrow.

Best Part of Snow

There are many things you can say about snow… its cold, its wet, its messy, its too deep, its too hard to see when it gets going good… You could say all these things, but why not also see the positives? Why not see the beauty? In our recent 3 feet of snow I could have seen many negatives and at times I think the biggest negative was being sore from digging out, but looking at the picture below I see something else…

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I see the beauty in the snow falling softly. I see the birds using the snow as cover to come to the feeders and eat. I see quiet in the middle of a busy world (yes I know you hear quiet, but I can remember the quiet from this picture). I see the trees holding up all the snow powerful and strong. I see a beauty that is not in our world at other times. Snow can be calming, it can be relaxing, it can relieve stress, it can stop a world that is always to busy, to stressful, and to overworked. It reminds us and sometimes makes us slow down and remember that in this world where we live, we need to actually live. This snow gave hubby and I time to do a little living… living by loving on our pets, spending time together, getting some things done for us, taking some time to really rest without worrying about what was not getting done, watching the snow fall so peacefully at times we couldn’t help but to sigh and let ourselves relax. Snow can give you a different perspective and a different view of your own world.

“And the peace of God, which transends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”

-Philippians 4:7

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