snowy day at the coop

Hattie thinks snow is ok for eating

Anna doesn't think snow is good for anything

Dorilla's beautiful tail feathers


Happy Snow day.....err....Sunday.  We've received only 3-4 inches so far, but are told to expect another foot or so tonight into tomorrow.

The snow blower is ready and so are the shovels.

I've been sick all week.  Actually, for the last few weeks on and off, fighting off one sinus infection after another.  I've amped up the daily apple cider vinegar added to my morning tea and fire cider in hopes it will pass.  Soon.

This past week completely got away from me.  I will be making a conscious effort going into next week to not allow that to happen again.  I'm trying to remind myself to leave time and space in each day to just be grateful.

One thing I do know is we've been appreciating the winter scents, sites and flavors.  Warm Maple Sugar Coffee in the French Press each morning, Slow-Cooker meals for dinner, laundry drying on the indoor wooden rack, shopping for much of our food from what we put up in the freezer and in the pantry from the past summer garden's bounty, trees coated in a white snowy frosting, warm chewy chocolate chip cookies {I'll be sharing a recipe this week!}, slow simmering soup, pumpkin and squash in more ways than I can remember to share, and cinnamon tea spiked with a drizzle of raw honey.

The Coop Girls are getting depressed.  They are begging Spring to arrive.  It is still months away, but they don't want to hear that.  The poor things are so grateful when the temps are in the double digits so they can venture out, and, on the rare occasion where there's sun as well, it gets them truly excited.  Sunshine means dust bathing, pecking and scratching, and lots of happy chit chat.  Despite the frigid temps they are very generous with the egg laying.  Such good girls.

Speaking of the girls, I took a photo of Dorilla's beautiful tail feathers.  Aren't they lovely?  She's a mix of breeds although we aren't sure which.  She's one of the girls we adopted from a local farmer last year and she has a very sweet temperament.

The boys and Cait are doing well.  My mom gave Cait and Jack a little stuffed cricket that chirps when touched.  Do you know that every animal in our home, except Cait, cannot resist touching that thing each time they walk in and out of the living room?  We've put it away in the cat toy box, and it gets brought back out.  Then I put it in the dog toy box only to find Oliver digging like he had found gold until he reached it and proudly put it back on the floor where it apparently belongs.  So, we continue to listen to the chirp of the cricket nightly.

Oh, and a quick update on the rat situation.  There is one left, the smart one, and it continues to outsmart J.  Boy is he determined to get this thing.......not sure when the rat will finally slip up and fall for one of his tricks, but J tells me it WILL happen.  :)

On the menu this week:  Slow-Cooker Monterey Chicken with Salad; Seafood Stew with Crusty Rustic Bread to soak up the juices; Slow-Cooker Smothered Pork Chops with Smashed Baby Red Potatoes and Roasted Butternut Squash drizzled with Maple Syrup; Chicken and Dumplings; Fish Tacos with Mexican Rice; and Herb-Baked Pork Tenderloin with Rice and Broccoli.

Hope you are having a lovely weekend!

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Liz said...

What beautiful feathers! The designs on them are always spectacular! You guys sure have got hit hard with snow. I bet those coop girls and everyone else is ready for spring! I hope you start feeling better and stay healthy!

Michaele said...

Oh look at your chickens snug as a bug in that nice coop piled with snow. I do hope you get a melt soon. It is fun to watch how the animals appreciate it. Hope you get some relief with the sinus problems also. Come on spring!

Anonymous said...

Staci - I hope you feel better soon. Love the feathers, love looking at all your lovely photos. Please keep the snow in your neck of the woods. Hugs, Kim

Flat Creek Farm said...

I always love these posts, and I hope you are feeling better by now! The pics are gorgeous and adorable, as always. You have such a beautiful-handsome crew. And now I am on the lookout for a chirping cricket. I might regret this one! -Tammy

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

Anna is beautiful, as well as very smart. Hope you are feeling better :)