A new month arrived over the weekend, it’s amazing to consider that one whole month of 2014 is already gone. My gosh. Where does the time go?
We have another blast of winter hitting us this week. Freezing rain and sleet most of last night, followed by flurries and snow this morning, covering all that ice up. It’s extremely slick outside. At least it is here. There is literally ice dripping off all the fences, posts, you name it. Whenever the wind blows you can hear the ice falling from the tree branches.
I would love to say Spring is just around the corner, but unfortunately the groundhog thought differently yesterday. He said to keep our coats out. I guess it was about time to have a wicked winter. We can breeze through them all, can we? How many of you remember the really big snows? Not being from around here, we haven’t seen an incredibly big snow …. yet. The weather guys are saying we haven’t seen our biggest snow yet for the winter.
In fact, there are storm systems just hammering us all week. Thursday is the only day on the 7 day forecast that doesn’t have a snowflake on it. The critters are as tired of it as we are. It’s hard to keep weight on them in the winter anyway, and fighting this cold, snow and ice is even more of a challenge. And poor Armani – he’s been put up in a stall for a couple of weeks. He is SO READY to be let free to run a bit. Unfortunately, I don’t think that will be today either.
There are wrecks everywhere. Having a scanner is sometimes a good thing. You realize just how slippery it is out there by listening to it for a while. We’re hoping the magazine was to be delivered today, but it’s not looking as though that will happen. There are wrecks up and down I-75 and the drive down from Dayton is just too much of a risk. I surely don’t want to see 12,000 copies of it scattered all over the road if the delivery truck was to run into troubles.
It’s a tough call, but we’ve got a couple more hours to see how things pan out. We hope the weather wherever you are located is not too terribly bad. Stay close to home or work and take all the necessary precautions to stay safe.
Have a great week…… Pam
Yes, it’s getting chilly in the mornings. But, winter IS just around the corner so we shouldn’t be surprised. As chilly as the mornings have been the past few days though, you’d never know how cold it is by looking outside. Bright blue beautiful skies are above us. It seems like we have spectacular sunrises and sunsets during these chilly fall days. What a view for some of us. If it wasn’t so cold, I’d sit out on the front porch every morning sipping my coffee, but those days are few and far between now.
The alpacas are actually a bit happier this time of year. It’s not too cold, but the heat of summer is behind them. Think about carrying all that fleece on you during the hot days of August and September. They are definitely shade lovers then. But now? Outside with the breeze blowing, enjoying the sunshine. I’m sure it’s not all that cold for them! The goats tend to stay close to the alpacas when the cold arrives. I’m guessing they enjoy the heat of their fleeces too.
The farm sure slows down when winter arrives. We’ve decided to close it come December 1st – for the winter at least. We aren’t too sure about keeping the farm at this point. Sure, we have big dreams. But, location means everything and folks just don’t drive out this way. We aren’t sure why, but we’re working on a plan. Yep, we’re always working on a plan or project. We truly want to remain in Estill County, but we’ll see how things work out in the next couple of months.
We do appreciate each and every person that has come out, whether just to see the alpacas or to attend one of our ‘celebrations.’ We do love to meet new people. Make sure you try to fit in one more visit before the month ends and we’ll show you around.
Blessings to you all,
We are working on a few new things around the farm, so we thought a new look to the website was in order. We’ll be making more changes in the near future, so please come back often and see what’s up!