Monday, December 22, 2008

~ A White Christmas ~

We spent the day digging out from our first nor'easter. The weather folks were right on with their predictions. We have 16 - 18 inches of new, white powdery snow. It started yesterday about 10:00 a.m and let up about midnight. At 9 p.m. it was thundering and lightening. Such a light show during a snow storm. I was on the road when it started to storm.....I couldn't believe how fast and furious the snow came down. A couple inches an hour. I was very glad to get home. We had at least 7 or 8 inches by the time we headed to the barn for chores last night. All the animals stay in the main barn during inclement weather. I love to listen to all of the different animal sounds as they eat, the wind whipping and the snow blowing around outside while all is warm and comfy inside.

This is our Kubota tractor with 6 foot snowblower on the front. We couldn't survive here without this tractor. I am thankful for this machine everyday. I started blowing snow before 6 this morning and finished about 1 p.m. I stopped long enough to milk. Thankfully the snow wasn't heavy and the blower handled it easily. We purchased this three years ago. I was so reluctant to make the investment - I'm grateful my husband talked me into it. Shoveling is minimal with the tractor other than gates and doorways. Between Tom and I we have our system down and clean up goes smoothly. If the truth were told, I probably wouldn't like snow so well if I didn't have our orange tractor :)

The wild birds were very happy to find the bird feeders. We tossed mixed seed out after we plowed for the ground birds. Such a variety of birds today. These morning doves stayed around for quite some time as well and the juncos and the blue jays. Tufted titmice and woodpeckers were after the suet feeders along with chickadees and nuthatch. The bird tree if completely covered in snow. Hopefully the weather will warm up slightly over the next few days and we can hang a few more christmas ornaments treats out for them.

The photo below is my flowering crab that was a gift earlier this summer. I use the covering on the base as a way to measure the depth of the snow. I wonder how long it will be before the snow is up over the white plastic? Another storm predicted for christmas eve and another for saturday - that's winter in the northeast for you :)


Christy said...

That's a lot of snow! I used to love to see the birds at the feeder when it snowed. I guess that is something I won't be seeing in Georgia, LOL.

threecollie said..., you get more than we do! Love your feeders. We are getting quite a few birds too.

kristi said...

A Kubota see you know your a country girl when you would rather have that than a diamond ring:) I am a devoted weather channel fan & have been having of you up in Maine and the snow they have been talking about. I love to see all the snow pictures!! Hope you have a great Tuesday!!

Joanna said...

We don't have a Kubota tractor but many folks here in the mountains do. Sounds like you have a good, solid barn too which is great. Merry Christmas.

Throwback at Trapper Creek said...

Merry Christmas to all at Tylerfarm Homestead! :)

Egghead said...

That is a lot of snow. No wonder you need that tractor. Can you imagine shoveling by hand?