There was a day (long ago) when the mere mention of
sent fluttering butterflies of excitement through my soul.
Those were the days when a snow day meant...
playing for hours on mountains of snow left at the curb by the plow,
then warming up with hot tea with lots of milk and sugar and cinnamon toast.
Life is so simple when you are a child...
no wonder all of the memories are sweet ones!
Nowadays "snow days" mean something altogether different.
Although, I still feel a twinge of anticipation at the thought of deep snow...
along with the excitement comes a whole lot of responsibilities.
As I sit here writing this blog, the weather forecast for the end of this week is
a major winter storm named "Jonas"... a Noreaster.
(I don't recall winter storms having names when I was a child.)
Although predictions are known to change,
at this point snowfall accumulation is to be somewhere in the range of a foot to two feet...
depending upon the tracking of the storm.
"SNOW DAY!!!!"...oh, right...I'm not in school any more!
Regardless, with the potential out there, the next few days will be spent
readying the farm for snow.
Chicken houses are getting a new layer of bedding,
as chickens do not like playing in the snow...
so they will spend much more time indoors than usual.
Goat and sheep houses will have hay added so that
our fluffy four-legged ruminants can stay indoors and chew their cud.
As most people are shoveling out their cars and walkways,
I will be shoveling paths in the snow for the animals to get to their water and their food sources.
And then, of course, the cars and walkways will have to be addressed.
Snow, though lovely to gaze upon, adds a whole new layer of work to farm work.
Think of us as you watch it fall outside your window!