And Over the Snow
I wasn't feeling 100% today. Not sure why, but I just kind of lay around most of the day. It was still cold and the ground still covered with snow, so I suppose there wasn't much to do outside anyhow.
However, I am amazed at how fast the snow cover is melting. The piles I plowed up that were at least five feet tall are now around three feet and in many places the bare ground is starting to show through. I am debating about plowing out the area where Scott, my farrier, needs to back in. If I do, I am going to have to be very careful so that I don't dig up the lawn into mud in the process.
Mother Nature is being wise with this storm, I think. A gradual thaw over many days keeps things from getting too soggy and from flooding. The ice in my driveway is essentially gone and the path to the barn is now completely bare.
The Boys are still contending with snow in the paddocks, arena, and pasture, but now it's inches deep in most places rather than feet deep.
I'd be happy if it all melted and I didn't see any more for the rest of the winter--but that is pretty unlikely.
In other barn news, I seem to have a new stray cat. I've only seen it twice now--over the last two days. Both times it was in the barn aisle. It looks awfully small. If it's a kitten, I am going to be doubly upset. People seem to think farms are good places to toss out unwanted cats. That's how I got Patchadoodle, Barney, Butch, Cassandra, Clancy, and Mommycat over the years. I really can't take another cat into the house this time, though, so if this is a kitten, I'll have to figure something else out.
There is a lot of shelter available for an outdoor/barn cat. That's what Mommycat's role is as she wanted no part of indoors. And there was another stray living in the garage, but I'm not sure he's still around. I'm not keen about outdoor cats due to the dangers of the road, but I will do my best to see that the little furfaces get plenty of cat food and can always find a snug place to sleep.
Guess we'll just see what happens. I put a dish of food out in the barn and the horse's blankets are in a pile, so for now, any cat will do just fine.
It just makes me so angry to think that someone probably just dumped the little guy off to fend for him/herself.