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Weather or Not 
Apr. 7, 2011 1:22 pm 
Updated: Apr. 9, 2011 9:11 pm

The welcome sunshine started the grass growing. The cows, sheep and goats were enjoying some grazing and playing, the pups soaked up sun and watched their charges. I got the portable greenhouse back up, started some tomato seeds (late) and looked forward to putting the bummer lambs outside to play. I brushed a ton of downy coat off of the pups, wondering just how much they will weigh once they completely shed out their heavy coats.

This morning was brighter than usual. That is due to the reflection from the 3 INCHES OF SNOW WE GOT LAST NIGHT!!!!
 (A picture of depression)

(cabin fever causes short tempers)

("say UNCLE!!!")

I vote that we “PHIRE PAXUTAWNY PHIL!!” That lying groundhog! What did we expect, after all, he is just a rodent. A glorified rat, if you will. I suspect he and Al Gore went to the same Meteorology School. They actually have quite a lot in common.

I don long underwear and heavy socks again, as I look out the window at the falling snow, wondering where and how, we will get more hay for the critters. Dolly and EmmaLou cow are hiding in their shelter, their pathetic winter coats having shed and left a mere Mohawk of soft fuzz down their top lines.

(Bruno consoling the kids)

( a bummed out EmmaLou Mae Cow)

‘Tardy’, the leppy, and two of the goat-kids may have to go back inside the barn. Looks like I will have to clean stalls again. I’ll choke down a cup of coffee and prepare for a long day ahead.
Apr. 7, 2011 1:31 pm
Oh my goodness. I don't know who I feel sorry for the most you are the animals that have had to spend the winter out in all that cold. Are you and your hubby have to care for them and feed them everday. Hang in there I am sure spring is just around the corner for you. Then I pray you will have a long and prosperous summer ahead of you.
Apr. 7, 2011 2:08 pm
gorgeous pics petey - love the ones of the pups playing :) and yes, you never know when Mother Nature will shake her head and make the dandruff fall... :D
Apr. 7, 2011 4:15 pm really need to get more pics of horses in these blogs... :D I am a total horse nut!
Apr. 7, 2011 5:59 pm
Oh Petey - I'm so sorry - - that first pic looked like "Spring is in the air" - - and then "Old Man Winter" came back to play a nasty trick on ya'll. Bad Boy - Old Man Winter - Bad Boy!!! The pups don't seem to mind mother nature changing her mind from day to day - - but EmmaLou Mae cow looks like she's had enough. I wish I could send you some Florida sunshine - it's been a beautiful spring here for the past month - a few cool nights - but definitely spring has sprung and it's been warm. I know old man winter can't have much punch left in him - - so please hang in there and keep looking for those blue skys - and the warmth that will come with it. I'm praying for you Petey - the Lord loves Oregon as much as Florida!
Apr. 7, 2011 8:14 pm
Amen to that, luv2cook, He sure did make it COLD though! :)
Apr. 8, 2011 11:58 am
I thought that was my dog at first! We had a little snow on April 1st but it didn't last long - Merlin curled up on the last little pile of snow. Not sure if he was guarding it or trying to get it to melt! ;) Anyway, thanks for sharing!
Apr. 8, 2011 1:05 pm
I love, love, LOVE your photography, Petey!! I had to LOL when I looked at the picture of EmmaLou Mae Cow. Did you notice that the tree in the background is positioned just right so it looks like she has antlers? LOL! And what the heck is up with that silly dog sleeping on a bed of snow???
Apr. 8, 2011 1:41 pm
hahaha! I didn't notice the antlers Keri! These dogs frequently choose to sleep in the snow. Their coats are so darn heavy they don't even feel it!
Apr. 8, 2011 2:08 pm
Holy crud, Keri. I thought the exact same thing as you. I was sitting here wondering what the HECK that animal was!
Apr. 8, 2011 4:07 pm
I told you - you have a way with pictures Petey - you didn't even mean to and you invented a new breed of Oregon cow - - she may have them pretty cow eyes - but don't get on her bad side or she'll shish-kabob you! LOL
Apr. 8, 2011 4:23 pm
I should send that picture to the vet that dehorned her and ask for my money back! LOL
Apr. 8, 2011 4:43 pm
I am glad I was not the only one who wondered what that animal was with the antlers!! ha Such a neat picture and I think you should sent that picture to the vet!! Ginny
Apr. 8, 2011 8:02 pm
Add me to the list too. I had to take a double take. Funny. But in all seriousness Petey, what would you rather have? That nice hint of spring, and followed by snow (and that's only because you are higher elevation than me), or the constant and I mean CONSTANT rain? We're sending it your way...I'm so ready for some warm weather. Loved your pics as usual.
Apr. 9, 2011 9:11 pm
Got me too with Emma I'm sitting here wondering what you would do with an elk cow and do all the females have such odd antlers. Jeesh, I need to get out to the country. And have I mentioned how much I love those dog?
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