Never heard of such a thing. Supposedly going to get only 6-8 inches of snow this time.
The Weather Channel hasn't given it a name yet, which is a good sign, however, the animals and my old farmers joints, are telling me something different.
The sky is dark and every creature great and small are scurrying around to get food and drink before we get bombarded with another windy blizzard.
The third sign of deep snow coming: ....the cows were cranky this morning. I won't elaborate.
Here are two of the better behaved ones--Google and her still un-named 2012 heifer calf. I have been alternately calling her Gouda and Giggles. Both names suggested from some really creative name suggestions in the comments section (thank you). Which name do you prefer ? Got any other suggestions ?
I did errands this morning. Clicking my camera as I went.
It got darker and darker by the minute, so I rushed through my long list of tasks.
Chicken feed, chick starter, chick grit, salt blocks, parsnip seeds, dog food (big sale!) a veggie book that I didn't really need, but I saved so much on Mavis' dog food I figured it was a cheap bonus gift for my diligent task doing. I need to grow more food this year than ever before, both in my own garden and in the community garden that a small group of us are trying to develop, so this book will be well used and well borrowed by all who need it. Big print, simple diagrams and easy methods. Anyone read this book yet ?
I continued on my errands, my headlights on and the snow coming down lightly at first and then bigger flakes greeting me as I drove by old farms and fields.
When I arrived home it hadn't started snowing up on my mountain road yet.
The flock came out to greet me and demanded some snacks.
I dropped my camera on the ground as I was emptying out my truck with groceries and it took this pretty cool photo.
As I watched the flock I saw the snow clouds heading our way.
The flock started grazing what little grass and dirt the plow man had exposed last week, and got right down to business.
Ziva, the Alpha hen, demanded her favorite scratch feeds and some left over squash and cauliflower.
She walked me over to the front door of the house to make sure I went in and got what she wanted.
This hen is more demanding than the entire herd of cows. I kid you not.
Inside my home the smells of freshly baked Vitality bread filled every room and corner.
Wonderful with a mug of hot tea and honey butter.
As I sat and enjoyed my tea and Irish Vitality bread I gazed out the kitchen window at the snow that had just started coming down gently.
The flock was still power grazing and one of the many downy woodpeckers was enjoying the fresh beef suet I had hung up.
Most of the birds have already been here today and almost emptied out 2 of the bird feeders.
The woodpeckers come early and stay late, enjoying every morsel.
The big snow starts later tonight and by then, hopefully, every hungry creature up here in CowVille will have a full belly and be able to hunker down for awhile.
Hope you all fare well in this new storm.
Any predictions on snowfall ?
In response to your many requests for the bread recipe
The Vitality Bread recipe is here
We add lots of other ingredients like Vermont Maple Syrup instead of honey and potato flour (King Arthur) to make the bread denser and cut easier.
Its the potato flour that makes it Irish.
Let me know how it comes out for you!