Snow Update

It took me three times as long to feed this morning because I had to first break a path to the barn and then had to go back for the hay cart. The snow was deep enough that as I was walking, snow was falling into my boots (which are 15″ high).

On right, snow from yesterday and last night. On left, I had knocked off the snow yesterday evening when I fed so that snow is simply the overnight accumulation.

On right, snow from yesterday and last night. On left, I had knocked off the snow yesterday evening when I fed so that snow is simply the overnight accumulation.


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The “gift” that keeps on giving

This is a photo from the door when I woke up this morning (or when it got light enough to take a picture).

Within predicted 8-12 inches of snow

Within predicted 8-12 inches of snow

As it is snowing again, I expect to be snowed in for a couple of days. According to the Winter Storm Warning Advisory another 3-8 inches is expected. Hope everyone out there is safe and warm.

White Christmas – a day late

Christmas Day was warm enough to do chores without a jacket. However, the winds were ferocious. The weather forecast was for a winter storm over the weekend and Socorro County was predicted to receive 8-12 inches of snow while parts of Eastern New Mexico were expected to receive up to a couple of feet. So this morning when I let the dogs out and saw a flake of snow here and there on the deck I laughed. However, the skies were gray and gloomy so I did take the precaution of making sure I was home by noon. As I was driving home from the feed store a flake of snow hit my windshield. Pretty soon it was snowing in earnest and it kept on snowing throughout the afternoon. It stopped for about 10 minutes in late afternoon but was snowing again when I went out to feed this evening. Roughly four inches on the ground now. Currently I’m housebound until the snow starts to melt as I have learned from experience that my car can’t navigate the driveway when I get more than three inches of snow.

Behind the house

Behind the house

South

South

North

North

The old dog still likes to play in the snow

The old dog still likes to play in the snow

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Kip

Kip

Towards the Barn

Towards the Barn

Tuck

Tuck

Tuck

Tuck

Indoor Gardening

I bought a spaghetti squash a few weeks ago. The organic ones were on sale for the same price as the non-organic so I bought an organic squash. It sat on my counter for about ten days before I finally decided to have it for dinner one night. I microwaved it for a minute to make it easier to cut open and when I opened it I discovered that most of the seeds had started to sprout. Wondering if I could actually grow spaghetti squash indoors this winter, I scooped out some seeds and threw them into a small planter. Lo and behold, the seeds (despite having been nuked) grew well.

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I added some organic fertilizer and put it in the breakfast room where it had plenty of sun. (I also bumped the heat in the house up to 62 degrees.) Soon it was looking even better. 20151118_120944-1_resized

Then it actually started to flower (of course all the flowers so far have been male.) 20151217_170237_resized

However, it soon became obvious it was becoming root bound so I was faced with either losing it because it was root bound or potentially losing it to transplant shock. I opted to try to transplant it and I set up some earth boxes in the breakfast room. A couple of days after being re-planted it appears to be doing well. I’m hoping for some female flowers in the near future that I can pollinate. 20151222_081704_resized

As the spaghetti squash appeared to be a success, when I opened the non-organic acorn squash I ate for Thanksgiving up, I scooped out some seeds and planted those as well. I had just about given up on those seeds germinating when suddenly . . . . 20151217_170215_resized

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Last night I planted some radishes and lettuce and placed the trays on a heating mat to help germination. I have several more earth boxes and with luck will be able to start enough seeds to plant them all this winter.

Afternoon snack

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Every fall I ask friends to donate their “used” pumpkins for my sheep. The sheep love pumpkin and made short order of the two I threw out for them this afternoon. In less than an hour there was not a scrap of pumpkin left.

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The top photo is a mother (pure white) and daughter (tri-color) while the bottom photo also includes the grand-daughter / daughter (black eye patch). All the ewes should be bred and lambs are expected in early February.