As in many other part of the country, winter hit here Thursday in full force! Thank goodness we finished the chicken coop! While it’s still cold in the coop, it is up off the ground—the chickens are now high and dry. I had so much fun watching them explore the snow. Thursday afternoon as I was preparing dinner, there was a driving snow. I watched them from the window. They were curious; at first standing on the frame of the door, then getting braver and one cock jumping down to the ground. Soon the others followed and then they were all outside, scratching and pecking—life going on in chicken world as usual! Jason had run into town for a while. When he returned he wondered out loud why it hadn’t snowed in the chicken yard! LOL! They just scratched it all up.
It’s much colder today—they were out for 30 minutes, then I chased them back in to the dry coop. They are much like children and needed to be run back inside to safety where their water is not frozen and they are not in danger of frostbite.
It’s a few weeks too early to begin planting seeds yet and other than taking care of the chickens, not much going on around the farm right now. So, . . . the winter is creative time for us. Both Jason and I are artists. Jason is a special effects make-up artist and has been inspired this week by the SyFy series Face-Off; a contest for artists to showcase their talents in a weekly contest, one person eliminated each week until only one is left standing at the end of the season. So this morning, he got out his supplies and created a severed finger:
I do colored pencil paintings and some calligraphy. It has been quite a while since I’ve done a complete and finished piece, but here is the last one that I completed for a show that I participated in last summer.