MaryE's blog: 2022 #139 Little storms, more moisture

Posted on Nov 5, 2022 6:45 PM

A storm brought us between 1 and 2 10ths of an inch of sloppy, wet snow. It covered the ground and then froze in place overnight and melted yesterday. All good.

Our neighbor's cattle are still here grazing. I prefer not to turn my horse out with them because when they need to be moved it is easier to not have to deal with the wrong animal going through the gate. My hay supply was getting very low so I asked the neighbor to bring me more. The bales he delivers are big and heavy, probably weighing around 900 pounds. It's very nice grass hay. My horse is retired so he doesn't need anything but hay, however I do give him a little grain every 2 or 3 days as a treat. He also gets apple peelings and cores, and carrot peelings. On days when he doesn't get a treat he just looks at me when I put the hay in his feeder as if to say "is this all?"

Burdock is one of the noxious weeds in our area and the burrs on it can stick to animals and be carried here and there. They are also very hard to comb out of manes and tails so I have been going around with a feed sack and clippers to collect them as carefully as possible along with thistle heads and a red weed that makes a huge amount of seeds. The goal is to remove as many as possible without loosing the seeds and then burn them in our burn barrel. If I put them on the burn pile the cattle would scatter them before the pile is burned. It's a slow job and a cold one!

Early this morning our low temperature was about 20. The high today will be near 40.

******************* A couple of days later

More snow and more rain put 9/10ths of an inch of moisture in the rain gauge over the past two days! It's adding up to a respectable amount this fall. The snow started as rain late in the evening and changed to snow overnight and most of the following day. We had about 3 inches of snow by late yesterday afternoon. Overnight it rained more and soaked into the ground. What a blessing after months of dry! Another storm is coming at us so who knows what we will see in by morning.

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