Wednesday, February 25, 2015
A Pleasant Day for a Change
It climbed up into the 50's today and the wind settled down a notch or two and was a little on the warmish side coming up out of the Southwest. By noon most of the real chill was banished to the shade and the bees were out flying. All the hives around the Small-Hold showed good activity and coming and going but I didn't drive down the road to check the hives at the orchard.
I was hoping to add the last remains of the Watermelon jelly failure along with some sugar syrup to the outside feeders but the girls were on them thickly I guess getting the last few drops out of em. No big deal as I am pretty sure from the forecast the girls won't be flying tomorrow so I can refill the feeders then. It's been almost a month since I was able to see the girls flying but so far they appear to be all alive and well.
I really wanted to go down and work on the fence some more but with the forecast for the next few days I decided to unload the wood that was in the truck and split another load to stock up. Supposedly tonight around midnight we are getting hit by another Northern clipper pushing down that will dump a couple inches of snow on us and drop the temps once again down around zero. It isn;t suppose to last too long though but we will see. All the major weather stations seem to be only interested in the storm making it's way along the Southeast right now so there hasn't been much hype about this one coming in from the North this time around. I am hoping it stays North of us and doesn't get as cold as they are predicting.
While I was filling up all the water tanks and forking over some extra hay for the sheep, Pantheon the hunter cat was busy tormenting some large rodent he flushed out of the hay field. It was too big for a mouse and didn't have a tail so it wasn't one of the damned fuzzy rats we get occasionally, must have been a big mole or vole or something like that. He had it pretty well under his complete control while I stopped and watched him but it might have escaped after I grew bored with the whole thing. At one point the rodent escaped into a pile of hay but I broke that sanctuary up because well I hate vermin and it needed killin. That's what the cat's around here are suppose to be for anyway although only 1 or 2 seem to have any drive to actually hunt out the varmint-cong and eliminate them.
So I guess we will see. The wood is all under tarps with a small lazy fire currently to keep the coals going and the furnace box heated, extra rations for the sheep along with completely full water tanks and heaters plugged in. Sounds like tomorrow morning is going to reveal an entirely different world out there than the pleasant afternoon we had today.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!