Friday, February 27, 2015
I managed to get a few photos of the recent snow but didn't really put a lot of effort into it, to be honest. I went out a few times to tend the chickens or stoke the wood stove in the basement, so that Jack wouldn't have to do it all, but every time I went out and came back inside I would be dripping sweat for half an hour or so from the effort.
It was very pretty though and we got a fair amount. Some reports said the NE side of our town got 8 inches and our side got about 5-6 inches. Some parts of Alabama just northwest of here got slightly over a foot, which is rather extraordinary for this part of the South.
It has remained fairly cold here the last couple of days so we still have a fair amount left on the ground but the roads are pretty much okay.
Chigger just loves, loves the snow and colder weather. She does not have very long hair so it always seems to me she would be cold but she doesn't seem to mind. In fact, when it starts to get warm here she just becomes slug-like. I was able to play with her a little yesterday and she was going wild, racing through the snow like crazy.
The chickens were less than enthused. When we let them out Wednesday morning it was a typical, cool winter day and they gathered up at the house to scavenge the bird feeder drops and graze in the yard. As the snow began to fall though, they huddled closer to the house or under the trucks. They will run around in the rain all day but oh no!...we are not getting our feet in that snow! They steadfastly stuck to any bare ground protected from the falling snow but a few had sense enough to go on down to the coop. As it eased on towards evening the snow had accumulated to about 4 inches and the rest of the girls were getting nervous. It was time to go to the coop for bed but they were going to have to trudge across all that frozen stuff! I finally went out and got a feed bucket to lure them out. It was snowing rather hard at this point and I could only entice the older girls to hike home. Zuzu was the only one unafraid and easily followed me down to the coop. She just wanted her food! The others clung to one another in a group but they eventually made it with my encouragement. Big T was a disappointment in this one. He would not help round them up at all and stayed up at the house by himself. I think when he finally realized he was alone he got up the courage to run through the snow to the coop. And my "northern bred" Ameracaunas that are supposed to be made for cold climates?? They were camped out under the trucks and steadfastly refused to come out. No amount of bribing or threatening was going to get them to step in that snow. I finally had to catch each one by hand and carry them down to the coop.
I was finally able to get a few decent shots of the feeder and we have been trying to keep it filled for the little birds. I have been seeing what looks to me to be 2 goldfinches but have yet to be able to photograph them. I wouldn't think they would be here this early in the year but what do I know? The other day I went to Mama's and saw a huge group of robins, which I also thought was a bit early, but that's fine by me. I'm ready for warm weather.