As predicted, the storm hit us.
It snowed and snowed and snowed.
By mid-afternoon yesterday we had 16 inches.
I will spare you the details of just how much snow removal there was to do.
Luckily our long driveway was eventually plowed by a neighbor.
The farm lanes to the barn and animals are passable, but still a little treacherous.
Getting stuck in the snow remains a potential.
When we were not out with the animals,
we spent our day relaxing by the fire.
Snowstorms are the best time to watch the birds.
There were literally hundreds visiting the feeders.
A small flock of fox sparrows sat in a nearby tree.
This was a first for us...we had never seen them here before.
There was another variety of sparrow in the center of this picture....
the one with the yellow spot next to his eye...
a white throated sparrow....also new for us.
The animals all weathered the snowstorm without incident.
The chickens, guineas and turkeys all stayed indoors for the day.
As did the goats.
And the donkeys.
The dogs spent their day doing this...
All in all it was a wonderful snowy day at home.
I'm sure this snow is going to be around for a while.
We have a new barn resident.
has been occupying the cat bed on top of the barn refrigerator for a couple of days.
It's a cat that we have seen around the barn for about a year now.
Up until now it has been extremely wary of us.
I guess he's figured out that we are much less scary than a big snowstorm!