Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Snow


I didn't know what to call this because I am just thinking about snow. We had fourteen inches of it followed by two below zero nights and frigid days. The streets are a mess and we've been hibernating as much as possible. I was terrified my goats would freeze - but extra grain, buckets of warm water, and thick fuzzy coats have saved the day.

Snow seems to be a marker in my life. The snow in the Arctic when I first visited, challenging myself to do something so far out of my comfort zone. I went, and loved it, so many surprises. One of them? I learned to listen. Carefully. To appreciate silence and big jackets and wind pants. So I have the gear for this weather - I've not even dressed up to full capacity. Minus seven is not minus forty, or minus fifty-five. But it's plenty cold.

It was cold enough I didn't want to mess with going out and shoveling a path to the goat pen (but I did - don't shovel you get ice.) I hoped our elusive neighbor who sometimes plows our driveway with his heavy equipment would show up. I wondered how long we should mess with snow and an acre and large animals. After all, it was ice two years ago that caused Fred to pull me over and tear my bicep (I don't recommend it.)

And then I bundled up in heavy socks, hiking boots, wind pants, Bolivian knitted hat (great look that), down coat and mitts and out I went. There were bunny tracks everywhere, and bird prints too. Our lab had dragged his tummy through the snow in long arching leaps. Yellow warblers bounced in and out of trees and the geothermal well across the valley spewed a tower of steam hundreds of feet into the air. So, good goats. You make me go outside every day, even when it's hard. Good winter, to remind me how easy summer can be. And thanks to elusive neighbor, Bob, who came by while we were out and cleared out the driveway.

10 comments:

sunihali said...

good to have you back, Suzy!

Shirley Klock said...

You put coats on your goats! You are one brave woman. I have our horse boys in their quilted blankets, but I can't imagine getting goats into them. Like your post!

Suzanne Morgan Williams said...

OK, Shirley - so that was their own, home grown goat coats - of the mohair variety. I thought of that when I was writing actually, but decided not to change it. Their coats are quite thick and luxurious this winter - partly because it's been consistently cold before this deep freeze and partly because of the good advice Vaquero Girl gave me. I do like to imagine them in those Richard Scary style coats with the little stitches all over them. But no, no goat blankets

Nathalie Mvondo said...

Thank you for sharing, Suzy. As I read I felt I was there, in the snow with you.

Goat blankets and snow? That could be the premise of a good children's story... :)

Vaquerogirl said...

Hey there., I was feeding our own goats, and horses and what not around here and was thinking of you shoveling snow to get to your goat babies! I I thought" Wow! Suz is really dedicated!"
Ha! Ha!
Keep up the posts, they make the day go faster ... for me anyway...
word verification today- later!

Angela said...

What an adventure winter is for you! I hope your neighbor shows up with heavy equipment to help you out!

Vaquerogirl said...

HEY!! Its a new Year! I know you are NOT outside in the freezing snow- so post already! I want to hear about your days up there in the great north- or where ever you are going! C'mon hep' a sistah out!

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Vaquerogirl said...

Write Suz! Whats going on in your world?? I miss you here on the blog boards!

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