Wet and Wild
School was closed today because of the snowstorm. Contrary to forecasts, the snow did not change to rain overnight and at dawn there were several inches on the ground with more to come.
Sloppy yuck, is all I can say.
I went out in late afternoon to plow the driveway. While they are forecasting rain and higher temperatures, I was really worried things might freeze and then I'd have a disaster in my driveway. My little tractor with the front end loader is a gem for this kind of thing. It's only flaw is that it does not have a cab, so I am sitting exposed to the outside air and elements. However, it was fairly pleasant when I was out there, so it was just fine.
I did nearly have a mishap when I was cleaning the snow aroudn the barn and hung the loader up under fence rail. I had to bail out, when the tractor felt as if it was tipping, but I reacted the right way with the loader controla and as it hit the dirt everything righted itself. Kind of scary and I did land hard, but so far, I am OK.
The Boys were very smart and spent the better part of the day under shelter. It did start to snow pretty heavily for a while, but they were all nice and dry when I went out to feed in the evening. Good kids do the right thing once in a while.
One more disadvantage of shoes is that the snow balls up in the horses' feet. This makes riding in the snow tricky unless there is a lot of snow. The 5-6 inches we had are borderline, so I'm not sure how much riding I will be able to do until the darn stuff melts. (Except for shoeless Chance)
Then, I am going to have to face--mud!! Big time. Not looking forward to that.
The next few days are supposed to be warm enough to cause a pretty good melt. Snow is pretty to look at, but not so pretty to deal with.
Spring's spring is stuck here in New Jersey, USA. *sigh*