The Flicker Haven Farm Files-Ida-snow Day!
This morning after I bounded out of bed, I paused on my way to the lavatory to take a glimpse out of my window.
The entire farm was dusted in a white blanket of fresh snow.
It's not unheard of in these parts to have such a thing happen the first week of November, and like most forever infants on the inside, I jumped a bit with first snow glee.
One of the reasons for my elation was the kids had a scheduled day off from school, so I didn't have to worry about them traversing the blacktop through the floof to class. Not that I am too worried about my kiddos driving in the snow, they grew up doing so, but we have A LOT of new folks in the area who have never even seen snow, let alone driven through it. Let's just say that the first snow is usually a bit of a slip and slide when it comes to car accidents around here.
So, as I went out to feed, I was super excited to grab a hot cup of cocoa coffee when I came back in and snuggle up next to the fire with a book for a bit.
What do they said about best laid plans?
You see, last night was a bit of an interesting time on the homestead. My daughter and I had to pick up three hundred pounds of apples from my neighbor, who's sister had driven to Wenatchee, Washington to buy 1000lbs at a really splendid price. At the same time my husband was teaching a young man how to butcher a freshly killed pig in my driveway. He does that for people who want to learn how to do it themselves because he remembers what it was like when we were first getting started and wished he had someone to mentor him.
Heck, when I was a kid there was always a dead deer, elk, or cow hanging about so that sight was a normal thing. But I thought the hubs was sweet taking a bit of time last evening showing the kid and his dad how to do the whole butchering thing.
Me, I was up to my armpits (literally) in apples and pre-storm prep, for you see, the snow this morning is the harbinger of a whole bunch of meteorological mischief!
Today is to be several inches of snow, tonight the snow level rockets to 7200 feet and we get my least favorite thing, a windstorm, followed by more snow and single digit temps. Dang Idaho, I know winter's coming but did you have to give us all the things all at once?
So, when one has animals and a homestead you gotta be prepared for such things because I am more than sure the power is going to go bye bye. I don't mind it as much in the winter as we have snow to melt for water, multiple generators for power (and to run the well if the outage lasts for a long time), and a woodstove so we can stay toasty. I just like to have as much prepared as I can so I can offset the extra workload should things get super extra fun.
The last time we had a massive windstorm I was flying over the Pacific to Hawaii, which I have to say was pretty awesome because the power was off for about a week while we were gone. Laying on the beach was really rough😉
Okay, tropical paradise reminisching aside, after I fed the ducks, steer, and pigs, I came in and attempted to sit and do my Spanish and sip coffee.
Then the boy wandered out. He had this look that I've seen on a lot of teenagers, when they want something but they don't really want to bug you. But they want something.
He wanted to make pancakes for breakfast, but after twelve basketball practices in four days, he was looking a little forlorn, so I got up from my chair and made the batter for him. He took said batter, added blueberries and bananas, and fried up some lovely flapjacks. I was happy his athletic activities deprived self enjoyed some homemade breakfast sustinence.
And I sat down again.
As I took my first sip, my daughter emerged.
She looked pretty pitiful. The poor kid has been battling a bit of a sore throat for the last couple of days, and she hoarsely told me that she was driving to the store to get a can of chicken noodle soup.
I told her she wasn't and got up from my chair again.
And thirty minutes later I took her a bowl of steaming hot homemade chicken noodle soup. Her smile made the effort worth it.
And it was on that note that I attempted to sit down again.
But then I noticed that it was time to bake the cookie dough I prepared the night before. Tonight we are having a party for @jacobtothe's birthday and I whipped up a batch of his favorite cookies. Well, I don't know if they are his favorite, but he devours them every time I make them.
And honestly, I love chocolate crinkles! He has good taste (just don't tell him I said that!)
Plus, the cookies match the outdoors which I think is kinda a nice aesthetic thing.
And now that the cookies are baked, the animals both human and not are fed, and the party food is prepped, I think I might go take a pre-festivities nap.
LOL, like that's going to happen, I think all this snow is making me delusional😜
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Hope the weather does not get to bad.
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I just spent the last couple days watching my friend's three year old boy, so after all the time at the park, playdough escapades, and toy car demo derbies, my tail might be dragging a bit today, but your reply, as always made me smile!
Also, it's an almost blizzard outside, yay!
Hope all is well up yonder😁
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Sounds like it's gonna get nasty this weekend... Loved all the photos of the "help". Hope you got a nap....
It is currently almost a blizzard outside, we are getting January weather in November lol! Supposedly we are supposed to get anywhere from 6-12" today and then drop into the single digits over night with a Northeast wind.
And yep, it was 75 degrees two weeks ago, yee haw lol!
Hope you are snug and toasty, I watched a toddler all weekend so his parents could go away for their anniversary, nap incoming!
We had your 75's for most of the last week and they are in the process of leaving tonight. Back to late autumn weather again. At least it's not snow, knock wood! Don't envy you that.
Good morning @generikat, that was a nice read, I really enjoyed it. You are one busy lady, a true farmer for sure. It was nice your hubby helped the neighbors, I like to lend hand to my fellow farmers, always gives me that feel good feeling in my heart.
We have had such a mild and beautiful fall here in Upstate NY, the colors have been awesome.
But the leaves are down now, and I expect to see some of that white fluff soon.
I do get excited when the first snowfall comes, and my kids always jumped for joy when school was closed.
Being prepared for the seasonal changes is key and we do our best to stay ahead of it. We know what is coming!
Have a wonderful day!
Hi and good morning!
Yes, I love that good feeling that comes on when we help other farmers. I know I sure appreciate the help at times!
Right now I have that tired feeling as I babysat our friend's 3 year old boy all weekend so they could have an anniversary weekend. Busy little fellow lol!
I love your beautiful upstate NY foliage and frosty pics😊 Right now it resembles the second one outside my window, it's been dumping snow for hours, probably got more than a bit of plowing and shoveling in my near future!
Hope you are having a most fantastic day!
AWWW you are so sweet, babysitting, that's such a treat for couples with young kids. I love to do that for my own children, taking care of my grands is never a problem, I love it, but for sure, I am exhausted after the weekend. But the memories are sweet, and I will do all I can to spend time with all 7 of my grandkids. Such a blessing!
Please don't bring up that white stuff, I have been enjoying an exceptional fall here in Upstate NY, but I know it's coming. Fun at first, then a drag when it piles up, I really don't like when the below zero hits.
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Is the recipe for those cookies already on Hive somewhere? If not, I definitely need that one....
You know, I could have sworn I posted the crinkle recipe, but I can't find it at the moment, so I might have to post it either again or for the first time lol! I made a note to get it done!