Snow. In October! We have power. We had a lot of rain overnight, which turned to snow, but not much here. Maybe a couple inches, enough to cover the ground. The real snow is in the higher elevations. (We’re not that high here. The blizzard in West Virginia that you hear about on the news is in the mountains north and south of here. We are really just in the foothills.) The snow is a wet, wet, wet snow, though, which is a power outage waiting to happen as heavy, wet snow weights trees. I’ll go through this day as if a power outage may happen any moment. There are power outages all around us in this area already. I’m prepared.
Meanwhile, as soon as it was light, I was out at the barn to check on the animals. Zip was so eager to get out of the barn, I was afraid she’d break the gate down in her strong-willed determination, so I let those crazy horses outta there.
I could hear limbs breaking on trees in the woods–never an encouraging sound.
Coco and Chloe raced in the snow. This is Chloe’s first snow.
The horses checked out the pasture gate before settling in to attempt to graze. (HORSES! What is wrong with them? There is hay in the dry, warm barn.) The pasture gate is closed. No pasture for horses today. The sheep, after refusing to take shelter in the goat house (REALLY) were eager to get in the barn.
I opened up the gate to the alleyway and let the sheep and donkeys in, and am leaving it open so the horses can come back when they return to their senses. I’ve got all three stalls open inside, and three bales of hay on carts and a wheelbarrow so everyone can spread out in there. Poky seemed pretty dampened this morning in her spirits from the cold, and the goats have room to get away from her if she gets frisky. Goats show they are the smartest animals on the farm by staying constantly in the barn. (Though, I did find Glory Bee and BP tucked in their stall, so they did some thinking.)
School is closed today–not sure why, but maybe just because of flooding at the low water bridges. Morgan thinks she still has volleyball sectionals this evening at the high school. We’ll see. Meanwhile, we are warm, and I’m off to make eggs and biscuits and see what the day brings.
Hope you are well where you are!