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March Snowmaggedon and Daylight Savings!

March madness

Another Nor’Easter has hit all of the east coast.  Not that it’s any surprise to have snow and messy storms in March, but I think we were all hoping it was over.  Not so fast, nature says!  Joke’s always on us.  And it looks as if another one is on the way for Tuesday.  We only lost our power for about 6 hours, but many people fared worse than we did.   I can hardly wait!

White greenhouse tarp and snow.

In the meantime we have been readying everything for the onslaught of the new kids.  Less than two weeks, I would say.  Have to make sure we stock up on molasses for the moms as well as all the things we need in our birthing box.  (Syringes, needles, Bo-Se the selenium/vitamin E injectable, nose siphon, lubricant, thermometer, iodine and snips for navels, etc.).  This year’s eartags have arrived along with a new feeding tube in case we have to tube feed anyone (last year’s tube got a real workout on Peanut).  I also have to check and see if I still have any fresh or powdered colostrum in the freezer.  It’s always a crap shoot for the first babies born, in case something goes wrong and we can’t get enough colostrum from a mama whose baby needs help with feeding (after the first mom gives birth we usually have plenty of colostrum put aside for the others, but it’s always the first one who has issues!  Not really, but that’s what it feels like sometimes).

Snow overhang coming off the second floor dormer end of the house (outside my studio windows)

Anyhow, took a break from housework and everything yesterday to catch up on some reading and a little knitting.  Made dinner and didn’t finish cleaning up, either, so that was the first job this morning.  Now I need to turn my attention to a weaving project I am starting.  What fun!  And Daylight Savings has come to our rescue.  I love more light at the end of the day, and in a week or two it won’t just be at the end of the day :*)

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Snowed in

Pushing through the snow yesterday morning to do chores before daylight
Pushing through the snow yesterday morning to do chores before daylight

What a week! I only ended up having 2 days of work. Monday, big storm, so school was called off. Tuesday we had a 2 hour delay, but I couldn’t get out at all because the tractor wouldn’t run in the extreme cold (diesel fuel kept gelling up) and my car got caught behind it. It took all day for John to get us dug out. I am kind of glad I didn’t get out because the roads were quite bad and one of the district teachers was in a severe accident on her way to work. So I went in on Wednesday, and then more snow yesterday, so school was called off again. Today we all made it to work and are now trying to get ready for the storm that’s going to begin on Sunday and go through Monday night. Up to about 14″ for our area. I have no idea even what to do with it all!

Paddocks are full to overflowing.  Can barely even see the bunker feeders now.
Paddocks are full to overflowing. Can barely even see the bunker feeders now.

The temperatures have been keeping things on the nasty side as well.  -16F this morning, and more nights with below zero temps are still being forecast for the coming week

Snow sky breaking up yesterday afternoon.
Snow sky breaking up yesterday afternoon.

And so it goes! This is winter in Maine, after all. I am so grateful that we are on the winning side of daylight at this point that I can make it through the rest I am sure. Gotta keep hauling that molasses and hot water up to the goats to keep their rumens happy. And on the plus side, I have gotten quite a bit of knitting done :*)

Taking it easy

Beautiful approach to sunset yesterday afternoon
Beautiful approach to sunset yesterday afternoon

And thinking about the next storm coming, supposedly tomorrow. Another 8-12″ of snow. It’s exhausting as the blowing and drifting snow keeps filling in our shoveled areas. It’s definitely turning into the winter that keeps on giving!

Our greenhouse is slowly disappearing under the snows
Our greenhouse is slowly disappearing under the snows

We have been having a visit with our grandson, and enjoying the sun pouring in the windows today. The temperatures have been dropping and staying down there. It was 0F this morning and I don’t think it’s gone about 16F yet, with winds doing their best to give us biting wind chills. So we are hunkering in and I am getting some knitting done, John is baking cookies, and the grandboy is watching a video and coloring.

Emerging from the hay greenhouse between rising banks of snow
Emerging from the hay greenhouse between rising banks of snow

I probably should be doing laundry and things to get ready for the workweek, but I can’t imagine that we will be going to school tomorrow, even though it doesn’t sound as if the storm is going to get rolling until dawn or a little after. Most of the school districts around here were closed all day Friday, but we went in and were released early. Roads were not great for the return trip, but at least we got a “legal” day logged. We now have used 4 of our 5 allotted snow days. Always a balancing act… we don’t want to be holding classes until the 4th of July!