Tag Archives: winter

While I’m Shoveling

18 Feb

I made sure to get out early yesterday and shovel before the goats tromped all through the snow packing it down.  So what were they doing while I was busy trying to make their life easy?

Maisie and Moose

Most of them are just lying around being lazy.

Clover

Or using future grandkids as a pillow.

Reva and Litha

Some of them just stand around.

Cutie

Poor Sidney was stuck standing in the snow.  I am NOT shoveling that side.  I can feed them where I cleaned off, and I’m not doing any more.

Sidney

Maggie and Margarita were watching me work (Myson was too, but I was too busy working to take his picture.  After I quit shoveling, there was no entertainment.)

It doesn’t take long for them to come out and explore once I’ve cleaned a place for them.

Hilda (Annie in back snacking on the hay I uncovered)

Yes, Hilda.  I did shovel that path just for you.

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Another Snow Event

17 Feb

Overnight Saturday and into Sunday we had another snow event.

It was at least a fairly pretty and safe event (as long as you weren’t driving).  There wasn’t horrid cold or ridiculous wind.

There was just a lot of snow.

Bob was not happy, but he really hates cat litter, so he braved the snow before I even had anything scooped clean.

Bob Cat

He was actually more brave than Sky about getting out there.

“Do I have to get off the deck and go potty?”

Rocky thinks that is crazy.  Going outside is never necessary.

Rocky

I had to scoop before I could let the birds out.  Not that anyone besides the widow goose would even think of going out in all this snow.

Annie, Hilda, and Wanda checking out my 1 1/2 hours worth of shoveling.

I got everyone shoveled out again, so I could do chores.  I did try to clear as much as I could because our next “significant snow event” is looking like Tuesday into Wednesday.  I’m going to run out of space to put all this snow.

I might start a countdown to spring.  We are all more than ready.

Snow Day Shoveling Snow

13 Feb

I spent yesterday, my snow day, you know, a day of summer break, shoveling snow.  I started close to the house and cleared the deck, sidewalk, and patio. Granted, I only made paths on the patio, but still…

I also made a path to the garage.  I have to say, the front gate did drift shut again, but I got scooped out again!

Then I started my work in the barnyard.  I made a path to the greenhouse (out of the picture to the right) and shoveled around the door.

I also shoveled a big space where I could feed the goats.  I have to say, it wasn’t as bad as I’ve seen sometimes.

Moose, Joani, and Wanda

I did have to clear in front of the barn door.  Luckily, they stayed in the barn most of the time I was scooping.  Their help is not really as helpful as they think.

Casey and Haley (behind)

I also cleared my red gate leading to the north paddock where my old ladies and young girls are.

Cupid

I also made a path over to the Quonsit hut.  Pistol and Antigone like to stay in there during the day.

Antigone and Pistol

Of course, I had to dig a path to the birds also. I also made a path to the cattle tank so they could get a drink.  Then I made a path to the milk room.  I made a lot of paths.

I even had to scoop the door of the buck room, so the boys and Aurora can get out without walking through huge drifts.  Thankfully, my nephew brought the big snowblower mounted on the tractor to do my driveway because I’m way too old for all this shoveling anymore.  I only had to do from the garage door to a couple of yards out.

Still, it took me most of the afternoon.  By the time I got done with chores after shoveling, the sun was sinking.  I thought it looked like a giant candle flame.