Letters From The Barn:
I was born and raised in the south, but life eventually brought me up
north. We had our first snow this season last night. I got up in the
morning to look for rabbit tracks in the snow but didn't see any. That
is probably my favorite early morning post snow activity.
We lost power during the night and again during the morning for a bit. A
wet snow seems to make that happen more. Dry snow is fluffier and seems
deeper but a wet snow will set on the trees weighing them down and
breaking power lines.
I admit to dreading the first snowfall. Up until then, there's always a
bit of hope for a sunny day. The next morning, though, it's a new season
and a new reason to be grateful.
The best thing to do with snow, besides complain about it or pay someone
else to shovel it? Put it in a bowl with blueberries. And a little
sugar. Cream, if you have it.
There's no cream here. But I do have a bit of goat's milk, so that had
to do. There is something about seeing a little bowl of whiteness turn
completely blue that makes you laugh out loud.
The rest of the day was spent in chores. The regular ones, only this
time trying to keep from getting wet and so colder. The goats are not
big fans of the snow, but as long as it's not windy, they do okay. The
chickens were fluffed up to keep out the chill. Most of them will wind
up in the freezer soon, except for a couple that I may keep over the
My biggest pride and joy is my meat freezer. There is something about
knowing that I have enough meat (whether chicken, duck, pig or
jackalope) to hold me over a cold winter. To know that each Sunday I
have something good and homemade to cook helps me get through days that
otherwise might seem foreboding.
The strange thing is, winter is actually brighter than fall. It gets
dark earlier, but with the snow on the ground, it's much brighter. Even
at night, you can see much better.
I try to remember that as I put on my barn boots and coat and head
outside to put down new bedding or check the water bucket. Even the
worst days can be the brightest.