Despite the fact that we are in the midst of a deep-winter freeze, with another potentially big snowstorm looming (Sunday)... there has been a definite change in the daylight.
It's no longer dark at 5:00 PM. Yes, the sun has set, but, still the light of dusk remains. Each and every day will be just a smidge longer than the last... with the slow, gentle return of the sun. And though we still have another few months of winter weather, the arrival of Spring is more than just a hope. There is definite evidence of movement in that direction!
Everyone seeks out the sunlight...
I have to tell you a little secret. The way to my heart is definitely through my animals.
I love them as though they were family. And, really, they are!
Yesterday Hubbs built a roof for our sheep's hay feeder.
It's nothing fancy - just utilitarian and covers the hay so that it doesn't get wet. For months I have been balancing a just-a-little-too-small piece of plywood over the feeder. He replaced it with a piece of wood that is larger and attached it to the hay feeder with hinges.
That piece of wood that sticks out over the side is a long handle, so that I can reach over the fence and lift the lid to add hay.
He's a gem, that one! I can't think of a thing that could make me happier than this simple act of kindness.
Thanks, Jack... you're the best!!
My second treat for the day was pulling this jar of cherry preserves from this summer's farm cherries out of the storage refrigerator. This is such a treat in the middle of winter!! My plan is to start a batch of baguettes today. Tomorrow we can have fresh baguettes with butter and cherry jam. I'll be in heaven!