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Old Lady Winter

12 Feb

This winter seemed to be slow in arriving, but now that it’s here, it’s really kicking my butt.

Overnight we had another five or six inches of snow.

Now the wind is supposed to pick up.  Of course, this means it was yet another snow day from work.

It’s starting to make me feel old.  I didn’t start feeding hay until right at the end of December, but now I’ve already gone through about half the hay on the bottom part of the barn.

Buster in the back

That’s a lot of throwing bales for this old lady.  It’s also a lot of corn that gets hauled from the bulk bin to the barn.

It wouldn’t be so bad if we didn’t get freezing rain that makes the bin freeze shut.  It makes things a lot harder.

I did finally get the bulk bin opened so I could fill all my tubs and buckets in the garage before this latest snow event.  I even remembered to pick the pans up so they didn’t get buried until spring!

I hate feeding in the barn, but we’ve had so much snow and wind and freezing rain that it’s been hard to keep them outside where it’s cleaner.

Aurora and Fionn

It’s turned into a horrible winter for the wild animals as well.  Our warm weekend that melted everything right before the frigid snow means a layer of ice that is covering food sources for many of the animals.  I’ve seen deer up near my house quite a bit lately.  The evening I took this photo there were probably ten or twelve eating in the buffer strip.

Poor babies.

I don’t remember which snow event left the weird bands of drifts across my garage roof.  I’ve never seen it do that before.

We can only dream about picnics and warm summer days right now.

At least we’re on the back side of winter and getting closer to spring.

That will make Sky happy too.