Ruffled Feathers and Spilled Milk

Farming with ducks and dairy goats, chickens and children.

Winter Weather Advisory.

Posted on | February 21, 2012 | 9 Comments

We knew it was coming.  There were signs.

Papa Noel started building a nest.

The triplets assumed the huddle position.

The singletons took shelter together.

Blackbeard refused to leave her eggs as the temperatures dropped.  Not even for dinner.

But the strongest indicator of all was that the chickens and guineas went from casually foraging in their pasture…

…to a frantic dash for all the milk, bread, and eggs off the grocery store shelves.

Some even took to looting.

Who needs Doppler radar?  When the animals start preparing for the storm, it’s time to fill the bath tubs with water, get the oil lamps out of the mud room, and put two cords of wood right outside the patio door.

The snow started right before dinner.

And school was canceled by bedtime.

The South might rise again.  But it sure as heck won’t be on a snow day.

In the morning, we discovered that…

1.  A nest-building pig is a better weather predictor than a silly groundhog.

2.  Old Man Winter will show up whenever he darn well feels like it.  Hence, the name Old Man Winter.  Nobody tells the Greatest Generation what to do.

3.   Snow is actually enjoyable when the hoses to the barn don’t freeze.



Followed by sun.


But all that snow.  And all that sun.  Eventually made…


The goats holed up in the barn.  Goats don’t do smud.

The dry spots went to those with the wings to get there…

or the claws to claim them as their own.

Everyone else stood in the smud looking sad.

And pathetic.

As if it was inconceivable that they should be expected to leave the 20 foot radius of smud around the barn and venture into the remaining 3.5 acres of smud-free woods, pond, and pasture.  I mean, what if, while they weren’t looking, someone approached their food bowl or feed troughs.  With food!  While they were far away in the smud-free zone!  Then what if someone else, someone who was sad and pathetic enough to stay in the smud, saw the food being put into their food bowl or feed trough.  And ate it!  All of it! AAAAAGGGGGGHHHHHHHH!

I knew it was traumatic for them.  Choosing to stay in the smud.

But I had my own worries.

Like who, who in the world, who on God’s green earth…

…was going in…

…to feed  Papa???!!!!!!

Snow, sun, mud, and pig poop.  SMUP!

Ugh.  SMUP!!!!!!


9 Responses to “Winter Weather Advisory.”

  1. Caitlin
    February 22nd, 2012 @ 7:07 am

    This made my morning, I needed a good chuckle, thanks for that! 🙂

  2. Tayet
    February 22nd, 2012 @ 7:18 am

    We got about half an yesterday and it’s already melted… Yay! I don’t to have goat kids in snow weather!

  3. Tayet
    February 22nd, 2012 @ 7:20 am

    An inch a mean! Half an inch!

  4. Lisa D
    February 23rd, 2012 @ 7:42 am

    Bruno truly has the most pathetic face! Glad our kids were home for yet another workday so we avoided the drama of the “snowday.” Wouldn’t want the buses to be stuck in SMUD. Today might be too warm for school!

  5. Lynda
    February 23rd, 2012 @ 8:42 pm

    Sneak + Giggling = Sniggling

    Which is what I am doing right now so as not to wake up my Husband who is trying to sleep!
    Thank you, and goodnight! ~ Lynda

    Really, thank you. 🙂

  6. Melodie
    February 25th, 2012 @ 8:12 am

    Ahh…the grand adventures of farm life,lol!SMUP!

    I am not for sure what my little floppy eared kid is! He may have Nubian in him,his daddy is dwarf Nigerian but his mom is a mixed goat I got from my friend Texan.Her momma had rejected her at birth and I raised her from a baby.

  7. gail Williams
    February 26th, 2012 @ 10:10 am

    Thanks for stopping by to visit.

    Love that header picture!

  8. TexWisGirl
    February 26th, 2012 @ 8:24 pm

    too dang funny!

  9. Leigh
    March 4th, 2012 @ 10:22 am

    LOL. I loved this post. So true, so true.

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