For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. Jeremiah 29:11-14


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Winter...another blast to usher in March!

Our winter wonderland this morning. Crazy how much snow we've gotten since yesterday. We went to bed last night to about 4 inches of snow. This morning, we woke up to about 8 inches. My poor lilac bushes were looking rather sad until we shook the snow off of them.
I love seeing the snow on the fence by the barn. Looks so cool!

Even the chicken coop looks pretty. :) They are NOT happy with the snow on the ground, poor chickens will have to brave the snow at some point today, the hen house will be a rather crowded place if they don't. I'm actually amazed this building is still standing. It has next to no structural integrity at all. Every winter I say it's going to come down with the first big snow fall. So far, only the back half (where nothing is stored or housed) has fallen down. Praying the rest stays in tact until we can build a new hen house and run.
So pretty...everything blanketed under a layer of snow. Even the most boring views are amazingly beautiful after a good snow fall.

My lonely clothesline and a forgotten ladder after pruning fruit trees. Not a very pretty sight...longing for spring and summer!
Believe it or not, I have peas planted under this snow in the row next to the bean tee-pees. Hard to see, but there is a trellis marking where the peas are waiting for the snow to melt away, so they can peek up through the dirt. Oh how I hope they survive.
Here is our beautiful Sam...our Nigerian Dwarf buddy goat. I just LOVE his coloring and he is such a sweet heart! He's not very happy at being locked out of the barn while the girls get their morning grain. Poor guy, just knows he's missing out on something. It's hard to see here, but he has the most amazingly beautiful blue eyes!

Two of our girls, peaking out at the snow...don't they look a bit wary? They do not enjoy this weather at all, crazy girls. The lighter of the two is Minikin, our queen...or so she thinks. She's out oldest doe and has been with us for some time now. She has a favorite in our family, my dear husband is her favorite person on the earth. Can't say that I blame her...I'm pretty taken with him too. The darker of the two is Tinkerbel...our "problem" goat. She has more attitude than any 10 goats should have! She's also been here for some time, but may not be if she doesn't improve her disposition. Not likely at her age, but I keep hoping. She likes to sit on the milking bucket...WHILE I am milking her. Naughty goat!
She sure can act sweet, can't she! See what I mean by attitude....either really good or really bad! Don't let those smiling eyes fool you...there are days I feel like she is possessed! Thankfully, when she is pregnant, she tends to turn on the charm. She'd be in my lap if I let her. Not my idea of a good time though...she weighs close to 200 pounds at this point. Not really a good lap goat size. She'd try though if I let her.
THIS is why I keep this goat..she's just so stinking pretty! She's also a good milker, when she is in full milk! We got over a gallon a day from her the first year she freshened. Now if we could just figure out how to keep her in milk longer than 5 months! We're working on it this year....if she stays here. I'm about done with the fits she gives us on the milking stand. Praying she miraculously improves this year. It could happen, couldn't it?


Cinnamon said...

Snow does make everything look beautiful!! I wholeheartedly agree :-)

Your goat, Sam, does have pretty coloring.

I had heard it snowed there but I didn't realize it was that much! Of course it looks fun to me :-) We only have a bit on the ground as it's in the high 40's here lately. warm warm warm :-)


momoflots said...

Wow!! I had no idea snow was still falling in parts of our state (that much anyway!!!) I guess I should read a weather report :0)!! We had a few flakes falling mixed with the cold, cold rain this morning. I had mentioned to Wayne when we took a walk through the snow a few days ago that you can really see the the beautiful shapes of the branches and trees when the snow is lining every branch. Oh, how I have always wanted a couple of goats!! Such fun!! Our chickens have really upped their egg production the last week or so - inspite of the cold. We didn't get the eggs yeaterday (one of my hens is broody and the kids are scared to reach under her :0)!!) so this morning I went out and got 27 eggs!!! I am so glad they are so giving to us!!! I hope you goat does change her disposition - God cares about them to right?!!!


Mountain Home Quilts said...

Such beautiful pictures!! Love them all. Hope your goat is more kind while milking this go round. :)

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