First things first! Let's walk into the laundry room and throw a load in. There's always wash to do, and look who's blooming just for us. It's the Holiday Cactus, who started blooming on Halloween and will continue blooming through all the holidays up to Easter. The only ones who see her beauty are those who do the household laundry. (Me.)
Next we'll jump in the pick-up and go to The River to feed the cows. Normally it's a little early in the season to start feeding cake to the cows, but with the very cold temperatures, they need a little extra feed for their transition into the winter cold. We've had daily highs in the single digits and nighttime lows below zero. That kind of cold burns up a lot of energy when you live outdoors.
We do have to walk across some prairie to get to the next shelter belt. There are three tree patches that I walk through most of the time. I'm so glad that Hubby and his dad planted these shelter belts long ago. They not only provide wind and snow protection for livestock, but they create wildlife habitat too.
A jackrabbit runs by on the road and stops just for a moment so I can snap a picture. His fur is turning white, but isn't fully white like it will be soon. He's well camouflaged, isn't he?
The grass and the curlycup gumweed has a nice dusting of snow.
Up in the trees you can see a Sharptail Grouse. They blend in so well right now that often I don't see them until they move or until they fly up....
...Like this one below How did I get this shot? Luck.
The sun sets early and the nights seem very long to me now. It is fine with me. It's as it should be. Winters bring a slowness to everything. You can't hurry when its cold. It takes longer to dress and undress. It takes longer to walk. Cattle move slower and pick-up trucks take a while to warm up before we can go to work. These November nights I'm ready for bed at about 8:30, but I stick it out until 10. I'm working on more embroidery in the evenings -- both patching little jeans and stitching tea towels. I'm going to start darning Hubby's thick, winter socks. Mending is satisfying work. I enjoy it. I ought to pick a new book to read too. What are you doing to occupy the long, dark evenings of winter? Any book recommendations or ideas for Christmas gift making? Tell me in your comments.