For those of you who know we still have the farm in Texas, and know that it's located south of Dallas (it is right under that upper X), yes there was significant weather there this afternoon. Alan is there with his family, but all is OK. Others in Texas were not so lucky with these storms. Thank you for checking in to make sure we are OK! We appreciate you thinking of us!
This past week in Washington state, we got 18" of snow and were without power for 3 days. Thankfully, our power was restored late Christmas eve. Once power was restored, I held out faith and quickly put together some side dishes for Christmas dinner that needed refrigeration and hoped they would survive the night in a working fridge. They did!! Several of our friends weren't so lucky, and didn't get power restored until today. Bummer!!!
And, for those of you now confused by SNOW in Washington state and TORNADOES in Texas .... we currently have two properties. I'm at the snowy one in Washington state, and Alan is at the "scary" one in Texas. *GRIN*
Anyway, thanks so much for checking in with your concerns after hearing about the bad storms in central Texas. We appreciate you thinking of us!
Again, Merry Christmas to you, and blessings for the coming year!
We got a bit of snow last night, so it was extra beautiful this morning as I went about doing the morning chores. It's always quiet at the coop first thing in the morning, especially when it's below freezing. I always find it amazing, like today, just how crystal blue the sky can be in the winter after a snow storm. And I really love when the sun is shining and it's so cold the snow casts a bajillion glimmering sparkles everywhere you look.
Of course, as soon as the goats knew I was out and about, they were bellyaching for grain. They don't get grain every day, which is probably why they do more than their fair share of complaining. But they do get plenty of top notch hay, and just about anything else two goats need.
Days start early around here, that's for sure. After the chores are done, it's time for coffee and emails. Yeehaaaw!
Pixie and I took a short drive this evening, and the scenery was spectacular... There has been so much smoke in the area lately, from area wildfires. But yesterday some small pop-up storms went through nearby and cleaned the air a bit.
This is about 10 miles from home, and just north of the city of Spokane.
Here are a few photos I've taken over the past few days of visitors to the yard in the evening while I'm enjoying dinner out on the patio. This is a Cedar Waxwing. There were two of them enjoying a shower in a sprinkler I had running on one of the flowerbeds. Such a beautiful bird!
We have lots of American Goldfinch visiting the feeders. I think they are nesting in the tall trees down near the barn. This one came to rest on a branch near the feeders...
...and this one, on the hook the feeder hangs from. I am really enjoying feeding the wild birds this year.
I have a couple of bluebird pairs nesting around the house. One pair built their nest in an old house, hung high in a tree. Mama has been diligently sitting, and I've been hearing lots of noise coming from the house lately. This evening, I noticed Mama coming and going...
...and look what she's feeding! I saw three mouths at the same time, so I know there are at least three babies she's taking care of. What fun!
And a couple of May Day flower baskets I delivered to neighbors today. I used various dies (Sizzix, Impression Obsession, and even MFT) to create cute tags. What a fun way to say "hi" on this lovely spring day!
Yesterday, my sweet neighbor once again gave me a quick phone call and let me know that the wild elk herd was down from the mountains. I grabbed my camera, hopped in the car, and popped down to the area she said the elk could be seen.
It didn't take long to get there, as I hadn't even driven a mile when I saw the herd. I was able to pull off the highway into the wide spot the state snowplows use to turn around in when they get to the Washington/Idaho border. I used my trusty, never leave home without it, Canon EF 70-200mm 2.8L telephoto zoom lens to take these photos, at the 200mm zoom setting. And, it was raining...
The herd was wanting to cross back over the highway and head back up to the mountains, but the cars that weren't stopping were spooking them from crossing.
They ended up turning around and going farther back into the field from the highway, and waiting to cross at another time.
You can click on the images for a larger view of the photo. Pretty neat!
My sweet neighbor lady gave me a quick phone call today and let me know that the wild elk herd was down from the mountains and viewable in one of the area fields. I grabbed my camera, hopped in the car, and made the mile or so drive to the area she identified.
You can click on the image for a larger view of the photo. Pretty neat! I could see that some were bulls with still two horns in place, and could see that others were bulls that had already lost one of their two horns. I never get tired of viewing wildlife!
I have a bit of news to share, and thought before I start posting regularly about *snow* and confusing those of you who know we live in Texas, I should mention it...
Recently, Alan and I bought a place in NE Washington state, near where my family is. My recent lack of posts has been due to the incredible amount of work and time we've spent on things related to the new place. Now that I have a bit more time on my hands, I thought it was a good time to share. I also thought I would start a new category on the blog called "Life in the Woods", to help me keep things organized.
Earlier this week after work I popped up to the lake. There were deer and turkey out enjoying the evening... unfortuately, I didn't even think to snap a photo of them. I was really just enjoying watching them go about their routine. I did take these two photos of the lake with my phone, though. It was just before sunset, and everything was just beautiful. Aside from the honking of migrating geese and a light breeze in the trees, I don't recall hearing anything else. I do love a quiet moment like that. There hadn't really been any freezing temperatures yet, but it was very chilly, and the water was crystal clear. Now that we've had a few days and nights below freezing, I look forward to seeing how things have changed there.
Anyway, I'm excited to be sharing our news with you, and hope you look forward to seeing a new variety of posts. You'll still see posts about the farm and the critters. Now, in addition to the farm animals, you'll see posts about the occasional wild animal, too!