Snow to spring and back again …

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

sky snow

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.

bird feeder

There were quite a few birds that showed up…

bird eating

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

Bax n chase

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

birds

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

bird little

Provides some good entertainment on a snowy day.

bird tree

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 😉

 

I Spy… Spring

A couple weeks ago or so it looked like this…

snow-logs

The boys were out playing in the snow…

baxter-snow

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

chase-log-snow

It was a winter wonderland. And today….

green

There were blooms and buds everywhere…

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Pretty little flowers…

purple-flowers

Of many colors…

yellow-flower

Buds pushing through for daffodils…

buds

So many flowers coming through the ground…

flowers

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

chickens

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!

 

 

Babies, babes, everywhere…

It must be at least getting a little close to spring (or it may be wishful thinking)…. but everywhere we went today there were baby animals running about…

cow-baby

It may just me willing spring here and using these babes as my proof…

cows

Either way they are all cute when they are little 🙂

pigs

It was just nice to have a couple nice days of weather and be outside without freezing or having the wind knock me over. Hope your week has started out well!

First Snow…

We had our first snow… it was so pretty.

snow-view

It started last night and went through early this morning.

view-front

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

chase-play

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.

baxter

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.

chase-run

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.

Heat Wave… hopefully waving bye bye

It is so hot again… so hot I want to crawl into an ice bath. On top of the heat our AC went out yesterday and it’s not fixed yet. To keep cool we have al the fans going, extra floor fans on, were going for rides with the boys in the car with the AC going, and opening widows around the house where the sun isn’t shining in to increase air flow.

grayson-profile

This evening it is finally cooling and Grayson has been finding a way to stay cool…

grayson-body

He has loved hanging out in the windows. We have found him in different windows depending on the sun. I think its not only the air flow, but he has loved hearing and seeing different animals and bugs go by.

grayson-back

They say the coming week we are supposed to be in the 80’s again so hopefully that will help. When you don’t have AC or a commodity like it… makes you very grateful for it. Praying its fixed soon. Hope the weather is nice in your neck of the woods 🙂

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…

Birds n snow

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

Birds in the Snow

Our birds have been enjoying our bird feeders that hubby has been trying to keep full.

Birdfeeder

They have been on the feeders and under them where they had dropped some of the seeds.

Birds

We have had different kinds of birds, but mostly these small little birds and robins.

Birdys2

They also have been under some of the trees I think eating berries and things that have dropped off of them.

Birdys

They have been keeping the kitten entertained as he watched from the window.

Grayson watch

I am glad our trees and feeders have kept them safe and fed in all this bad weather.

Birds2

Yahhh for cute little birdies 🙂

More Snow?

Weather man said we may get more snow tonight and tomorrow… we still have snow from the last 3 feet. I know that’s not a lot compared to what some other Midwest states and other places get, but it’s a lot for us. Anyways, the new snow forecast reminded me I promised to share more snow pictures with you from the last snow so here goes…

Saurday

So on Friday the snow started a little after noon and by that evening it looked like this…

Friday 1

And the chicken coop was starting to get buried in…

Friday 2

We woke up Saturday morning to a full fledged wind blowing, sideways snow, cold, wet, and blinding blizzard…

Saturday2

The birds feeders were getting blown around and the drifts had started…

Saturday 1

I worked/shoveled my way to the chicken coop to check on the girls while Hubby decided to try to get out and snow blow the drive way a little incase there was an emergency and so when the snow stopped it wouldn’t be too tall or frozen to snow blow out….

Saturday5

First he had to get out when the wind had started to slow down for a bit and shovel from the front porch to the back. Chase followed him and tried to go down the back steps, but then got stuck. Hubby had to rescue him…

Saturday3

And finally was able to lift him out and back onto the steps…

Saturday4

After we got a little shoveling done and some of the drive cleared out we came inside as the wind picked back up (just to tell you how fast it was coming down by the time hubby got maybe 10 feet, where he had just finished snow blowing was already covered back up with 4+inches of snow and by Sunday had almost been completely filled back up where he had plowed). It was a cold an exhausting few hours outside.

(More on Sunday, Monday, the birds, dogs, and chickens to come.)

 

Snow Birthday

Every year it seems on hubbys birthday it snows. This year it was no different as I had told you in my last post. It started snowing Friday mid day and didn’t stop till sometime early Sunday morning. 3ft in total with some drifts that went taller.

Snoback

On Saturday we started snow blowing and shoveling. The snow was going sideways, but we knew if we didn’t keep up with the snow, it would freeze and make it impossible for the snow blower to work properly. So while hubby was snow blowing I was shoveling around the vehicles the walkway, and the front porch as that was the only door of the house we could get in and out. This was after we had tracked and shoveled to the chicken coop with water and treats for the chickens stuck inside.

frontporch

Sunday brought more shoveling and snow blowing to try to get my SUV dug out and more of the driveway cleared. We had it where the truck could get out… until a neighbor came by in his tractor with a plow and pushed snow all back in front of our drive. Didn’t matter anyways as the road was still so bad we couldn’t get out even with 4×4.

Chasetruck

Monday was more shoveling and attempting to dig out the mailbox, which still hasn’t completely happened.

mailbox

Tuesday more shoveling in the driveway so we could get both vehicles in and out one at a time and paths in the back yard for the dogs.

chasesnow

Both Baxter and Chase had limited times outside as I didn’t want them getting too cold or frostbitten paws. The snow was clumping especially on Chase’s fur covered paws. We decided we may need to look into snow boots for him as his paws just get covered and he won’t come in as he loves the snow so we just don’t want hurt paws. Baxter on the other hand didn’t mind not being outside he enjoyed his bed inside more.

chasesit

Grayson enjoyed watching all of us from the windows and watching the birds who came to the bird feeders we had out front.

grayson

So our snow adventure had us snowed in at our place and just chilling where we were warm, safe, and still had power so all went well. Now its back to work and life… If it wasn’t for the shoveling… I miss being snowed in and the world stopping for a few days.

Snow, Dogs, Birds, and Chickens

Didn’t get as much snow today as they originally predicted, but it snowed most of the day lightly. When I got home from work we took the boys outside to play and help us get the chickens ready for the snow that started around 6 tonight.

Dogs

The chicken water tank was frozen over. Luckily the one inside the coop is holding up well and staying un-frozen.

Water

And I found another soft egg so I put it outside in a dish to see what the snow would do to it.

Egg

The boys enjoyed running and playing for a while.

Chase run

I took the opportunity to take some pictures around the yard.

Bird feeder

The snow was sitting so pretty on the pine trees.

Pine

The birds had almost finished their blocks so we had to fill the feeders up and get them set for the snow as well before we came back in for dinner.

Feeder

Do you like out new block feeder? I couldn’t pass up a chicken one 😉

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