The First Snow of the Season

The weatherman was predicting up to 7“of snow overnight in SW Michigan and this meant snowfall on our homestead as well.

VET pool shack sotnes show USE

Thick and wet snow sticks to the burning bush at the pool shack.

I worked long past dark removing from the coop the last of the plastic waterers, 2″X4” chunks of wood I use to raise the feeders and watering cans off the ground. Everything was quickly stashed in the pole barn before they got buried under the snow. The final few chunks of pumpkin from the runs were tossed into the compost bin.

Garden coop and Oak USE

Our vegetable garden fence is layered with fresh snow.

Gene drained the water pipes on the studio and converted the water over to the house well. He covered the outside faucets with a styrofoam covering as a “better safe than sorry” effort.  One year we had a broken pipe with water running under the fridge and all over the studio floor and that was a two-week nightmare!!

Polr brn under trees USE

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,. But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep.

I took the 9 lb. organic chicken out of the freezer to begins its 5-day thaw for Thanksgiving.

HORZ playhouse USE

Playhouse in the snow.

We were lucky that while we did have a couple of inches of a wet snow dusting, it is the wet quick to melt kind of snow. And best of all it was not enough snow to cover the driveway or sidewalks or have to be shoveled off. Relief!

VERT edge of woods and leaves

The leaves at the edge of the meadow and woods.

We will be driving about an hour and half each way today to a family memorial so I was relieved that our plans did not have to change either.

Chicken complex under oak use LAST

The chicken condo complex under a light snowfall.

The chickens are not happy though. They came out of their coops and took a look and went no further. I spread out two large buckets of bark chips to give them a snow free place to hang out. They are all milling around the enclosed run areas and going in and out of the two coops and complaining.

Pines house fence BEST USE

Greeting from the Small House Homestead.

The long closed up in the coop and run season has begun.

Small House homesteader, Donna


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