winter-quote-3We really like the winter, except the cold and the dark and the wind. Otherwise – it’s wonderful! Seriously, the cooler temperatures during the day are wonderful… but we are not liking the really cold winds that have preceded this next storm. The last rains were more than welcome and the ground is still nice and moist from them. There is an incredibly slight chance that we will get snow sometime in the next few days, but – for Dad’s sake – we’re asking it to hold off. Hasn’t stopped the winterizing tasks though, as we had several things still to do.

FullSizeRender - 2019-11-26T165950.723Monday, Dustin helped Sue clean out the goat shed and the main coop. She’s been wanting to switch out the hay in there for a while now, then it rained and the hay by the doors got soaked. Soaked hay starts to mold and smell, so this task went higher up on the imperative list. I always ask her to take photos, if she thinks about it, when they’re doing stuff while I’m at work. So the first one she shows me, laughing as she does so, is this first photo. She says, “This one is great! No heads on anyone.” You can actually see a head on Thumper here, but it is rather funny. What is this a photo of, actually? Showing that they cleaned out the goat shed, I guess and that the goats are always curious about what’s going on.

FullSizeRender - 2019-11-26T170007.824The main coop was just as bad as the goat shed. This photo shows only the brooder half. You can see the cuckoos out enjoy their little part that was already cleaned out. In the foreground is what came out of the gen pop access part of the brooder side… does that even make sense? Well, it’s an accurate description. Then they did the same thing on the other side. I don’t have any before photos, nor during photos, but I can share FullSizeRender - 2019-11-26T170017.375the after photo. Look, the chickens were already getting in there to scratch around on the newly scattered #2 alfalfa. It smells all clean and new in there. All nice and dry… just in time for the rain that started this afternoon. We’re expecting rain through Friday so we hope everyone can hunker down and make it through the storms.

Other than that, the only news is that the folks made it here safe and sound. So far mom and Sue have made two banana/coconut cream pies – one for pie fest at church last night and one for dessert tomorrow; Mom was able to share some Stephen Ministry knowledge and coaching with our church’s administrative assistant; both of the folks survived last night’s long, but enjoyable ecumenical service; dad has been able to nap; and mom and Sue have gone shopping twice! Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, so I wish you all the best. I might blog next on Saturday… just depends. Until then, as always~
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Today’s weather: Wet. High today was 55°. Currently, at 6:42 p.m., it is 48° with 99% humidity; (how can that be, when it’s absolutely pouring outside? is 100% humidity like the ocean? or a lake? Might have to ask Ron about that, now that he and Kathy are back from the cold Minnesota climes. They come for our warm winters, dontcha know.) 100% chance of rain (that makes sense); wind 6 mph out of the west; so far today the weather app on my phone says that we’ve had 1″ of rain, but I cannot confirm that because our rain gauge isn’t working; barometric pressure is 29.71 inHg. Our visibility is usually around 10 miles, today it reads 874.9 yards, I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before. Sunrise today was at 6:59 and sunset was at 5:17.

Egg Report: Monday – 12 chicken, 2 duck.  Tuesday- 12 chicken, 2 duck.   Wednesday –  16 chicken, 2 duck.