I know that points north of us have gotten and are still getting deep late winter snow. We only got about 3 inches and the roads stayed relatively clear. The snow is wet, sloggy snow. The cedars and pines are heavy with the wet glop. The snow less of a problem than the ice layer beneath it. Brushing the snow off of the car revealed an ice glazed vehicle with doors frozen shut and ice glazed windows.
Our local county schools closed for the day, announcing last night, the other counties around us opted for a two hour delay which would have been a better option for here, but the western half of our county may have received more snow. Granddaughter’s school in the next town was not closed and driving in it was apparent that they received much less than we did, and her teacher said she received even less in the valley.
It is enough snow that the cooped chickens will not go outside their coop. Though it is not a practice employed often, their food and a bucket of water were put inside for them but the pop door open if anyone gets brave. The 16 chicks are cozy in their brooder as we fortunately did not lose power. Tonight we will build fires in the woodstove and fireplace to help take the edge off for the heatpump.
Tonight we are going to have the first of three nights of temperatures in the mid teens (-9ish C), The ice glaze, snow melt during the day today, and plunging temperatures with more flurries due today, overnight and tomorrow, the roads are likely to be a slippery mess tomorrow, especially the mountain roads to get to the main road that is always well maintained for the truck traffic that uses it instead of staying on the interstate.
This school closure makes one more day to be made up. The built in days have all been used and they are down 2 days now. There may be another day or two built into their schedule. It isn’t common to get much snow this late in the winter, but it is always a possibility with our last frost date not until near Mother’s Day.
At least the garden planning and indoor seed sowing doesn’t rely on what is going on outside, as it continues to flurry. Of the 4 small sweet potatoes saved from last year’s crop, the two purple one have roots and shoots, one of the orange ones has roots though the other one got mushy and had to be composted.
As soon as the slips are large enough to root, they will be broken off and rooted. I guess the orange ones are going to have to be purchased at the Feed store when they come in later this spring.
The birds have found the feeder that was hung earlier in the winter and is now frequented by Tufted Titmice, House finches, an occasional chickadee, and the tiny ground feeding juncos enjoying the spillage on the deck. One of the birdhouses on the garden edge deteriorated and fell apart last year so there was only one. It too needs repair, but as we have a couple of families of blue birds each year, we bought another box to mount on the second pole. With all of the scrap lumber in the garage, I should be making them myself. Perhaps this one will get measured and a plan drawn before it is fastened in the garden.
For now, it will be an indoor day with more cancer/heart health garlands being made for the yarn bombing efforts of a knitting group to which I associate. Breast cancer, heart health, children’s cancers and melanoma sections have all been mailed off. The skin cancer is about half done, crocheted this time, then on to white for lung cancer and a second skein of gold for children’s cancers.