Unusually Warm Weather

29 Dec

This fall our weather has been very warm.  The grass is still a bit green, and it’s usually completely brown and dormant by now.  The weather has also had an effect upon the animals.  Stella seems to be very lazy.  She sleeps all day and just manages a leisurely stretch before deciding to go back to her napping.


The warm weather has had the opposite effect on the goats.  They have been very bouncy and playful.  Blaze challenges her twin, Bonnie, to “Queen of the Picnic Table.”

Blaze Blackboer

Cinnamon and Victoria play.

Cinnamon Blackboer and Victoria Blackboer

Even the big girls, Maggie and Vinnie, are getting in on the fun.

Maggie Osboer and Vinnie Osboer

Me, well I’m grateful to have decent working weather while I’m on winter break.  I decided it was the perfect time to get rid of corn cobs and the brush from our storm in July.  I dropped the box over the fence and climbed over myself.  Boeris and Osmo thought the box of corncobs was a treat for them.

Osmo and Boeris Van de Yell

Granted, this was supposed to be my Yule fire, but I was still working at that time and cleaning and cooking for my family’s gathering on Christmas Eve.  At least, I’m getting it taken care of now.  I gathered some dried grass and it was easy to light.  It didn’t take long before there was an impressive fire.

There is something truly awe inspiring about fire~the way it consumes everything in its path.  It seems lifelike with its dancing flames, and it creates an incredible amount of energy.

I continued gathering fallen limbs from the pen where I had the fire, and it was burning most of the morning.  Eventually, I quit hauling branches and let it burn down.  I could have continued hauling more wood to the fire, but I have enough respect for it’s dangerous nature that I decided to stop for the day.

The south winds were beginning to pick up and bring us even more warm weather.  Even though Fireman Boeris was keeping careful watch, I figured it was best to wait for another calm day to burn again.

By the afternoon, we had nothing but a pile of ashes.  There was only once tense moment when Osmo decided the ash would be a nice warm place to lay.  I’m not sure if it was me yelling that he was going to catch his fur on fire or actually getting warm that made him move.  I did check, and he hadn’t even singed a hair.  Goofy goat.

Hopefully, I’ll continue to get a lot of work done while the nice weather lasts.  I have to say though, I’m ready for it to turn cold.  It concerns me that our trees are used to a long winter’s nap and might be fooled into coming out of their dormancy.  It’s also hard on the animals when we have such chaotic swings in our weather.  They do much better with consistent temperatures.

Linking to Friday’s Fences.

Linking to Farmgirl Friday.


40 Responses to “Unusually Warm Weather”

  1. TexWisGirl December 29, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    not to mention all the humans getting sinus infections, etc. as the weather vacillates! 🙂 glad you’re getting some good weather for your break, though. stella is GORGEOUS! just want to hug that big old pup!

    • Teresa December 29, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

      The south winds are horrible for my allergies and the goat’s health. Several of the girls have coughs.

  2. Mimi Foxmorton December 29, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    We finally got sme beautiful snow here the last two days.
    Lizzie kicked up her heels and plowed through it.
    The goats……not so much.

    I love, love a bon fire………..
    I can smell it from here…………


    • Teresa December 29, 2011 at 4:53 pm #

      It was a beautiful fire. It’s a shame I didn’t do it on Yule because it’s also so much more magical at night. 🙂 Glad Lizzie liked the snow. At least someone has some to enjoy.

  3. Candy C. December 29, 2011 at 4:46 pm #

    Oohhh, the power and beauty of fire!! I can sit and stare into the flames for hours!
    Silly Osmo, I’m glad he didn’t singe his fur! 🙂

    • Teresa December 29, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

      I could not believe that goofy goat! I agree fire is hypnotic. It’s understandable why it’s used for scrying.

  4. jen December 29, 2011 at 4:50 pm #

    Great Pictures. Everyone looks so happy & are enjoyin it. The weather here has been very unusual this fall/winter, we’ve had alot of nice days.. this time last year we had snow, the teenager got 3 weeks off instead of 2 for winter break. I’d love to hang out at your farm for a day..

    • Teresa December 29, 2011 at 4:55 pm #

      I would certainly enjoy the company, but I might put you to work! I’m hoping our weather will get a bit more normal and let everyone settle down.

  5. Barbara F. December 29, 2011 at 4:57 pm #

    That first photo is adorable. Happy New Year to you. xo

    • Teresa December 29, 2011 at 5:18 pm #

      Thanks. It’s hard to get a picture of Stella because she’s always too close!

  6. Mama Zen December 29, 2011 at 5:06 pm #

    Fabulous pictures! We’re having some unusually warm weather, too.

    • Teresa December 29, 2011 at 5:19 pm #

      Thanks. I never thought I’d be this ready for cold weather, but the plants and animals really do need it.

  7. Alica December 29, 2011 at 5:37 pm #

    I’m glad for the warmer temps too, but you’re right, it’s not healthy for the animals. The calves in the barn get coughs so much quicker when it doesn’t get cold and stay that way.

    • Teresa December 29, 2011 at 7:04 pm #

      I have three girls coughing. My dog is starting to shed.

  8. Janis December 29, 2011 at 5:45 pm #

    Our weather has been the same way…the grass is still very green. The change is coming next week…the temps will be in the 20s n 30s more normal for this part of Pa. Lots of folks are suffering from winter allergies! We had a light dusting of snow today where as this time last year we had over a foot! Love all your pics!

    • Teresa December 29, 2011 at 7:05 pm #

      Thanks. I’d enjoy the snow to settle the allergies.

  9. Kim,USA December 29, 2011 at 5:58 pm #

    Looks like they had fun. Wishing you a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    Friday Fences

  10. Marigold and the Goatmother December 29, 2011 at 6:25 pm #

    I know what you mean about the weather! We are afraid the fruit trees are going to think its time to bloom! In fact the primroses have buds on them because they are so confused.

    • Teresa December 29, 2011 at 7:09 pm #

      Poor plants. I did hear a long range forcast that says it is supposed to get cold. Hope you can straighten out your flowers.

  11. Maple Lane December 29, 2011 at 6:32 pm #

    I really enjoyed this post and your pictures. Love all your pets.
    Wishing you a happy new year.

    • Teresa December 29, 2011 at 8:54 pm #

      Thanks! I do love my animals.

  12. Maple Lane December 29, 2011 at 6:33 pm #

    Beautiful animals. I really enjoyed your post today. Happy New Year!

    • Teresa December 29, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

      Thanks. Hope you have a great new year.

  13. Sandy December 29, 2011 at 7:43 pm #

    We are having a nice winter as well. Much more like a East Texas winter! :O). Not like the last two we had where I was thinking did someone move me to Alaska I just didn’t know it! ROFL…

    • Teresa December 29, 2011 at 7:50 pm #

      I have to say it’s funny to watch a Texan try to walk on ice.

  14. Marigold and the Goatmother December 29, 2011 at 9:46 pm #

    By the way, how did you get your camera to focus on the flames? I’m not sure mine would do that, though I haven’t tried.

    • Teresa December 29, 2011 at 10:00 pm #

      I think I had it on both the sports and macro settings~focusing just on one point. I guess I never thought too much about it.

  15. Talon December 29, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

    Such charming photos, Teresa – especially of Stella’s stretch.

    It’s been crazy here weather-wise. One day snow, one day rain, then freezing rain. We got snow yesterday and today and it’s been bitterly cold, but the temps are starting to climb again. Seriously strange weather that has to have adverse affects on nature. It also makes my cats act insane 🙂

    • Teresa December 29, 2011 at 10:01 pm #

      Hopefully the new year will bring a return to some more normal weather. Stella never poses for me~she just wants to get close and lean on me.

  16. Sheeps and Peeps Farm December 29, 2011 at 10:03 pm #

    popping in from Friday’s Fences… mostly cold rain here… would much rather have snow… beautiful pictures!

    • Teresa December 29, 2011 at 10:14 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by. It certainly is time for snow rather than rain.

  17. Liz December 30, 2011 at 7:43 am #

    There is something mesmerising about fires… though I have a very healthy respect for the damage they can cause.

    • Teresa December 30, 2011 at 8:00 am #

      That healthy respect is why it’s taken me until now to find a calm day and not so dry that it would escape my control.

  18. Roan December 30, 2011 at 7:58 am #

    The fire is missing a few hot dogs and marshmallows. Beautiful fire shots! I had a pet goat named Ruthie. She would eat anything and everything, but she was especially partial to the fringe on my wool scarf. Loved reading yoru post.

    • Teresa December 30, 2011 at 8:01 am #

      The goats are fun. The silly boys think they want those cobs, but they just nibble the very ends and then drop it somewhere for me to pick up again.

  19. EG Wow, Canada December 30, 2011 at 8:41 am #

    I’m glad you were able to make good use of the warm weather. Yep, Osmo sure was goofy and very lucky that you stopped him from catching on fire!

    • Teresa December 30, 2011 at 8:43 am #

      It was out but smoldering under the ash yet when he thought it was nice and warm. I’ve never had a goat get near a fire like that~goofy guy.

  20. Pat December 30, 2011 at 8:55 am #

    More Stella the Pyr photos please!
    The goats, as always, are spirited and cute.
    I love the dancing flames in your fire pics.

    • Teresa December 30, 2011 at 9:46 am #

      Stella’s hard to photograph because she’s usually plastered against me as soon as she sees me.

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