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Nov 18, 2014

And Now For Something British... Record Cold

And Now For Something British...-
I looked all over Boise (sort of) to find a new tea pot. We drink a lot of iced tea year round. With the holidays coming too, I needed a bigger one. After getting very frustrated I found one online! It's BIG, 75 ounces/9 cups and I found it here-  It arrived today, perfect, well packed, along with a few other goodies- 2 big mugs, with the corporate logo ($2.00 each), some Scottish breakfast tea, and a pack of English cookies. I really like different black teas, so this is a new one. I LOVE the tea pot!!! It's no-drip and has an extra loop (on the left) to carry the heavy pot-

Anya liked Dave's choice of cold beverages :)

Record Cold-
This morning it was 4 degrees, a record low for this date. Thankfully no wind at all. I was dressed in thick socks, a warm sweater and cord slacks at work. Toasty! Other people complained about the cold in very fashionable, thin clothes and warm weather shoes. Really? I guess you can't tell people- dress for the weather. And driving? The road has what I call crap snow- hard packed, icy s**t that's not level, but lumpy bumpy. Lots of fun to drive in to work :) The HIGH today was 14. It's supposed to warm up a bit over the next 3 days, with another 2"- 4" of snow Friday night. Once it hits the upper 30's this will hopefully melt. I'm off on a furlough week all next week, so whatever happens I'm good! Now if I could just scrape the frozen chicken poo off the roosting area. Pretty gross looking, but at least they're laying!!! I have so many fresh eggs, it's great...

Nov 14, 2014

Record Breaking Snow Day! The Birds

View from the living room

Record Breaking Snow Day! 
Wow, we had almost 8" inches of snow today, even in the lowest elevations! That was a record for November. We had an inch or so last night as well. I'm so GLAD school was closed. Roads were terrible this afternoon, really icy. I'm getting over an eye infection, right after the bronchitis. I was so spent, energy-wise. I didn't get out of bed until almost 11, just exhausted. I started on some antibiotics, so that should clinch things. It was so pretty today, but I'm glad we did all the winter prep too. It all helps before things get ugly. The low for tomorrow night is supposed to be 2 degrees, so the snow won't be melting anytime soon.... 

Here's some snapshots of the homestead, and check out the chickens pics, of the sun room in action. Perfect example of why we built it. I gave the girls lots of treats today, and they seemed content...

Look at the snow on top of the mason jar solar light!

Snow on the sumac stag horns

glad I brought my geraniums in!

I put out some extra bird food today 

sun room in action, the girls enjoyed it!

Girls digging in the sun room, 3" of pine shavings and a roosting perch in there

When will it stop???

My herb pot, nice and tucked in. I had put some leaves on top...

Solar light, reminds me of a gnome :)

The Birds-
The oddest thing happened Wednesday night- I got home and there were 100's of crows at the very top of the tree across the street. It was cold and the sun was hitting just the very top of the tree. Within a couple of minutes, and camera still out, they all flew off. I wonder if they sensed the polar plunge coming and took off to places unknown??? Very odd...

Nov 12, 2014

Our First Snow Is Coming!

Our First Snow Is Coming! 
Here's hoping for a snow day out of it! And only 4 degrees Saturday night! Brrr.... I already put the red heat lamp in the coop.

7 Day Forecast

For More Weather Information:

Increasing Clouds
Low: 17 °F
Snow Chance for Measurable Precipitation 80%
High: 32 °F
Snow Chance for Measurable Precipitation 80%
Low: 30 °F
Freezing Rain Likely Chance for Measurable Precipitation 70%
Freezing Rain
High: 41 °F
Chance Rain/Snow Chance for Measurable Precipitation 30%
Low: 15 °F
Mostly Sunny
High: 28 °F
Mostly Clear
Low: 4 °F
High: 23 °F
Partly Cloudy
Low: 12 °F

Detailed Forecast

  • TonightIncreasing clouds, with a low around 17. Calm wind becoming south southeast around 6 mph after midnight.
  • ThursdaySnow, mainly after 11am. High near 32. Southeast wind 7 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
  • Thursday NightSnow. Low around 30. East southeast wind 6 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
  • FridayRain likely, possibly mixed with freezing rain, becoming all rain after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. Southeast wind 7 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
  • Friday NightA chance of rain before 11pm, then a slight chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15. Light northwest wind. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
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