…like this. The calm before the storm!
Less than an hour later it looked like this.
Two hours later.
This is the third snow of the season, but the first reasonably serious one. As I write this there must be 4-5 inches of accumulation so far and more to come. For a while this was all predicted to be freezing rain and sleet. As I write this, the snow has turned to light rain/sleet mix and it’s exactly 32 degrees here. I’ve been watching the weather.com radar and we seem to be right on cusp between snow and the icy mix. I hope for the sake of the horses and power lines that the snow wins out. Josie, our Australian Shepherd has had a blast so far… but…
…Shaggy, Benji’s co-star in the last movie, chose to spend
most of his time on the porch.
Cash takes his third snowfall in stride.
As do they all. Noelle probably thinks she’s back in Reno
but Skeeter is a southern California boy.
What a good boy!
Tonight when I went down to feed, everybody but Skeeter was in the barn breezeway so the plan Kathleen and I discussed during our nightly Skype last evening was put into place. I had a feeling that Mouse, being the pesky little kid that she is, would work her way into the barn if she wanted to be there. But Skeeter is not dominant over anybody except Mouse and he won’t argue with anyone except her. So I felt Mouse would be okay with the herd. But to ensure Skeeter a dry night if this rainy/icy mix continues he was locked in the barn side-shed with enough hay to last him till morning. I plan to go back down around 10:30 tonight to check on them and put out more hay if necessary. I don’t like the idea of putting hay in the barn itself because I don’t want to induce any fisticuffs over food… but tonight I broke the rule and lined one side of the breezeway plus a bunch just outside the front and back entrances. I pray the precipitation turns back to snow, but either way I think they’ll be fine.