It’s a start!

This morning, for the first time in a while, I did my morning rounds in temperatures warmer than -30C/-22F! πŸ˜€

Granted, it was -29C/-20F, and the wind chill was -36C/-33F, but… I’ll take what I can get!

As I write these, we are at -23C/-9F, with a wind chill of -31C/-24F. We’re still getting “extreme cold” alerts, but we’re expected to reach -21C/-6F with a wind chill of -29C/-20F. It seems the polar vortex has finally released it’s grip!

I had a lot of cats to greet me when I came out, eager for warm water, and generally playful. Nosy was looking better today, as he settled into a sun spot in front of the door.

Yes, that’s him looking better!

I picked him up for a while, and he just settled into my arms and started to knead the sleeve of my parka. I saw Junk Pile, and she was looking much better, too, and Creamsicle Jr’s eye is looking good. He seems to even be managing to clean the fur around it a bit more.

As bitterly cold as it has been lately, our winter has been mild overall. This really shows in the deer that visit our feeding station.

The past two winters were bitterly cold throughout, and last winter had us bludgeoned by waves of polar vortexes. By this time of year, when the deer showed up at the feeding station, they were very thin, and we could see the ribs on many of them. The deer in the above photo was the fifth one I saw yesterday. We had two show up, including the three point buck that is in today’s photo of the day. He was the smaller of the two! After they left, two others came by that I think are a mother and her yearling, then this one showed up on its own. All of them were looking hale and hearty, with plenty of meat on those bones. There was almost no feed left by the time this last one showed up, but she does not look like she is going to be too hard done by, without the little snacks they get in our yard. It has been an abundant and relatively easy winter on them, for a change.

At some point, we are hoping to build a deck with a wheelchair ramp at the door of this side of the house. Something with enough all season shelter that will allow us to store things like feed bags, or even my husband’s walker. Currently, his walker is in the sun room, where it is easier for him to get outside, since there are no stairs at that door. Heck, if we design it right, a deck on this side could be a green house, too. It wouldn’t get as much sun throughout the day, but there should be enough sun in the morning to be able to grow some salad greens.

If/when we do get it built, I think it would be great if we could find a way to include a feed trough for the deer. Maybe something with a hopper that can be filled from the deck side. If we can keep the deer coming to the house, hopefully they’ll be less interested in our garden beds!

Gotta win that lottery! πŸ˜€

The Re-Farmer

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