Wednesday, December 19, 2012

It was a Cold and Rainy Night

(To paraphrase Snoopy.)
I spent a wonderful afternoon visiting with a friend over lunch... when you quit working, you lose track of what's going on in your friend's lives.  We had such a good visit over lunch, Jill and I... and I forgot to take the camera, so there are no pictures!
Coming home in late afternoon, I did not realize when stopping at WalMart why it was so busy.  Getting my few things in the basket, I realized the checkout lines were long, and went to the self-checkout.  I realized, when I got home, that the threat of a winter storm is upon us, and people were stocking up.
Keith helped me do chores, and we got things organized for morning, which is expected to be well below 20, and we expect to have to carry several buckets of warm water out for the birds.  That's one good thing about my being home... I can go out during the day and check on them.  My only errand tomorrow (which could be done Friday) is to register our car and truck and get the yearly tags, so I can hang around here and keep things going while Keith works.
Here's our Ranger, waiting on us in the yard... isn't he handsome?

Unfortunately, this is what I found in the feed room of the big henhouse.  The fencing in between the coop and feed room has come loose, and numerous hens come back and forth to lay eggs daily.  Now a rooster is coming over... and this is the ensuing problem.  Someone is going to have to go, and I hope it isn't my pet, Butch.  The damage, thank heaven, was done to his bad side, the good eye is okay tonight.
But here is the really neat thing tonight... I went out just now, at 7:50, to see what was going on with the weather.  It is raining, and there is lightening.
I was clear out at the big henhouse carrying something in my hand, when I felt eyes on me.  There, not ten feet away, was this guy:
Oops... you can't see him like that.  You see, he sat there for almost ten minutes while I did stuff.
There he is.  He turned his head and looked at me for a minute, then, satisfied I was not going to bother him (he's watched us a lot in the last few months)... he calmly turned back to the pasture where he was waiting for mice to move.  The white spots you see in the picture were raindrops coming down.  A minute later, he flew over to the fence surrounding the big henyard, and I walked out to dump most of the water fortex in the pasture, so we can fill it in the morning. 
Our storm is supposed to last only one day, with a chance for more rain on Christmas Day (or snow).  The newspaper this morning described western Leavenworth County as being in extreme drought, and Jill mentioned to me at lunch that the alfalfa planted at their country place was barely up above the ground.
I'll take the rain! 


  1. Ranger is a very handsome dog indeed! I can't believe the owl just st there- I have tried for years to capture one- no luck!

  2. Your dog sure is handsome...he looks quite proud of himself! I love laying in bed at night in the summertime with the window open, hearing the owl that lives in our neighbor's tree. I've never seen him, though. I know you've had trouble with this guy...hope he sticks to hunting mice!

  3. Our Wal-mart was packed this evening, too. Since we aren't expecting bad weather, I guess it was jus t Christmas shoppers.

  4. Take care tomorrow!
    It is thundering and lighting right now and snow tomorrow.
    Good golly!

    M :)

  5. We're suppose to get rain all day Friday as well!! We need it - the big lake is way down!

  6. Ranger is handsome! Sorry about the rooster, never fun for the tough guys. So awesome to see the owl! I can't believe you are getting lightening! We had rain yesterday but nothing much right now, just mud and calm. I forgot a few things at the store when I was out but I'm not going out now, too busy for me! We'll do without those things LOL. Rain to help that hay grow is good! Now we are worrying if we don't get frost and snow, we'll have another bad maple syrup season which we don't want either... I wish the weather would just be normal!

  7. Oh your poor little rooster! I wish male animals didn't fight. I know, it's nature, but it's hard to see. Your ranger is such a cutie. What a good boy! I know it will make getting around tomorrow difficult, but I am really looking forward to this snow! How long has it been since we've seen any? Last year we didn't really get any at all. That was awful. How lucky you were to see the owl. Our's is always hiding in the trees. We can hear him, but have only seen him one time in all the years we've lived here.

  8. Oh too bad about your rooster! Hope he heals soon.

    Glad that you will be able to be home with winter conditions.

    We sure got blasted with ice, and snow a few days ago.
    Now, it's just down right cold......-14 degrees.

    Hope it warms up for you, and that you are enjoying this season.

  9. Be careful if you're going out today - they're saying the roads are treacherous and the DMV may not even be open. That wind is something else this morning, isn't it?

  10. A handsome looking dog and poor, poor hen and what looks like quite a tame owl!

  11. Your Ranger is a handsome fella! :)
    You be careful in all that bad weather! It is nice to be able to be home during the day to check on the critters.

  12. The beauty in the night is often missed. You have shown us a glimpse.

  13. Gosh we had 4 (HUGE) storms over the last week. I think I heard we were 17 inches over last year at this time.


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