I finally gave the one charity group the 50 hats they asked for. I knit several, but thanks to a few elves this year, I had some others knit, some bought, and so I didn't have rabid knitting occur a week before they were due. And the group said there is a lady or two interested in knitting hats as well, so I will have hopefully even MORE help with that. Yay! While I don't mind being a part, hats aren't my "thing" to knit.
It's snowed about 3+ inches here, and has been around the 20's. (Unless you look at our broken thermometer, which presently says it's 42. Um. No.) So, the meetings of late have been cancelled, I will probably still go in for my receptionist thing tomorrow. (Husband is a bit worried, and told me he would drive. He didn't say this, he said, oh, I have some things to pick up in town, and have to do x, so why don't we go together? Nice try, bub, but any other time, you'd ask me to do it while I'm in town! Oh, well, I know he loves me and is concerned...) But my big thing is keeping the animals okay in this weather. 12 degrees is NOT normal for this area, (Thank all that is holy for wool socks!!!), so I am trotting out with water regularly, and putting fresh dry cedar out, so the floor isn't totally frozen.
Our decorative bamboo by the door has become a snow 'dump' hazard...
Husband nearly got a neck full. I wear a wide brimmed hat,
so haven't had quite so much problem with it.
This was once our Christmas tree. It's about 30 or so feet tall now, so putting ornaments on would take a ladder or a lift truck. Husband doesn't want me on first, I don't have the second... I have thought of decorating the fence behind it, but you see how far I have gone with that, thus far.
The chickens do NOT like the snow. This group has never seen snow before, and with the exception of Chattanooga, my orange rooster (who, thankfully, seems to get along great with Mon Ami), no one is venturing out into the white stuff. Even Chattanooga steps out, pecks around a bit, then walks back in. Much more shavings in the house, so they have something to stand on.
I keep reminding myself that this picture shows that the llamas are well protected. They don't seem to even notice the snow, unless it gets into an ear or nose. Much shaking and snorting ensues at that point.
They do, however, like the extra rations. Even if they are using the hay more as bedding than chow...
Are you SURE the bucket is empty?
I could really have another scoop of feed.
Come on, I won't tell...
The Buzz nest. She is so blaze' about me getting hay out of there,
I nearly scooped her up when I was taking some out to feed.
She isn't big on llama noses, so I do not think it would have went well.
I re-fluffed a spot for her, and she is to be found there rather regularly.
I have 2 or three things happening this week, so we shall see how the stamina, nerves, and general stubbornness hold out. I hope to catch up on reading blogs some today and tomorrow, if the power holds... Yeah, that's been a little iffy, too.
Let's just say I am quite thankful for our wood stove.