Sunday, January 10, 2010

More Snow and I Post Way Too Many Pictures

Hopefully I did not fry anyone's computer when they opened this post. I got carried away and ended up posting all of the pictures I took over the last three days, which as you can see was quite a few. Anyone with a dial-up connection would be cursing my name right now!

Our snow accumulation doubled on Friday and Saturday. When I last posted Thursday evening we had received a quarter of an inch of snow. Of course that closed schools for two days, and I don't know yet if schools are closed tomorrow (Monday) or not. For those of you who found it humorous that a quarter of an inch closed schools, I have something to really make you laugh! They closed all of the middle Tennessee schools Wednesday evening on the possibility of snow, long before a flake ever even hit the ground! Then our quarter inch of snow closed the schools for two days! A friend of mine told me she made the mistake of going to the grocery store Wednesday evening on her way home from work (her usual day to get groceries) and that she couldn't even find a parking spot, everyone was in a panic over the mere possibility of snow on Thursday.

It continued to lightly flurry off and on on Friday and Saturday and doubled our snowfall accumulation for the last few days (and our entire winter to date) to a half inch of snow. I am so ready for this cold streak to end. I can say in all seriousness that I have never seen a week and half of such cold weather in middle Tennessee in my lifetime, because according to the record books it has never happened in my lifetime. When we get back to our normal daytime high for this time of the year of around 50 by the end of this week I told Jason not to be surprised when he saw me walking around the farm in my flip flops - it will feel positively tropical after this past week! Now I understand why we see all of the Canadian kids swimming in their swimming pools when it is only 60 degrees outside (and of course the water temp would be much lower than that!). If you have months on end of this weather, and as Jason pointed out MUCH COLDER weather, 60 degrees would feel like swimming weather!

Since I've already complained a zillion times about the weather I'll stop now. At least it has been strangely comforting to know that even in Florida they've been cold and had snow. Misery does love company! The horses have seemed comfortable under their blankies and have carried on about their daily routines with business as usual. As I mentioned in a previous post the World's Cutest Fainting Goats seem to really like this weather, I've seen lots of playing, bucking and butting heads out of those two.

Enough rambling, on to the 101 pictures . . .

I saw this gorgeous red fox trotting across one of the pastures. This was the only picture I was able to get. By the time I turned my camera on, zoomed in (this was taken on full 24x zoom, he was nowhere close to me) and the camera focused I could only get one shot. I love foxes, I think they are beautiful and they are so intelligent.

Cuff Links and Homer were playing over the fence. Go Homer!

Go Cuffie!

Clay and Lucky

Silky (aka Slinky aka 'Slink in Pink!) and Teddy

Buffy and Lily
Faune and Sebastian

Sebastian, Faune and Ogie waiting impatiently for breakfast


Lexi and Cinnamon
Cinnamon's expression was so sweet I had to take this picture

Bonnie and Norman

Norman with Sky behind him. Norman is so stinking cute it is unreal, I smile every time I see him.

Sparky and Sky


Asterik and Sebastian


Jason giving Bear a pet

Buffy and Cuff Links eating together

O'Reilly and Snappy sharing a meal

Gathered 'round the hay; Lily, Buffy, Missy, MyLight, Harmony (Cuffie is hidden on the other side)


Dustin and Levendi
Dustin surrounded by snow flurries

Levendi walking through the flurries
O'Reilly; the sheds remained empty from what I saw throughout the weekend. They seem to find their blankets to be more than enough shelter.

Apollo and Homer were looking intently at something

Leo and Trigger

Elfin and Chili were grooming each other over the fence, Thomas is next to Elfin. In the background at the hay are Silky, Lightening, and Teddy. O'Reilly is grazing.

Tony; I love his face

Ivan, Apollo, Tony and Homer


Chance and Chili

Trigger and Baby

Lucky and Lightening

Missy with a mouthful of hay

Harmony was scratching her neck and head on the tree

MyLight grazing in the flurries

Buffy in the flurries

Lucky and Chili



B-Rad and Ogie

Jason and Thomas hanging out


RuckusButt said...

I think I speak for everyone when I say there could never be too many pictures of your place!

Incidentally, my husband thinks I'm a little nuts for reading your blog. Oh, he gets why you have a blog, just doesn't understand why I read it, lol, since I don't own a horse, let alone have one in retirement with you! I just said it's informative and entertaining...what more could I want??

I want to ride Levendi! For some reason, he just looks like a horse I would love to ride.

Melissa-ParadigmFarms said...

Well thank you RB, that is very kind. I haven't forgotten your question you asked in the comments about crumbling feet and transitioning out of shoes, just need to sit down and answer it. It is more than a one line answer, but then I tend to be way too verbose!

As far as riding Levendi, he A) has the cutest face and B) has the most perfect, natural hunter topline. He is a really nice horse and although I have not ridden him myself I have no doubt from talking with his owner and Elfin's owner (they came from the same barn) that he is really lovely to ride!

Funder said...


Nobody who's not from the south can really understand the Snow Hysteria. You people from up north can laugh about it, but just understand the southerners have no sympathy when you complain about your "heat waves" in the summer. ;)

Love the fox pic.

Anonymous said...

Just love the pictures, more is just fine with me! (Could you e-mail me the Lily and Norman shots?)

When I lived in Tulsa, there was the big snow panic just like you describe!

Anonymous said...

Oh, and I forgot - the fox is wonderful - I love foxes!

Jason said...

That is A LOT of pictures. Good Lord woman, it might snow AGAIN this winter and then what'll you do, eh ?

Gillian F said...

Wonderful pictures! I always remember Faune enjoying the snow for the few seconds he was turned out in it ;)

I hope you're all staying warm. It's frigid on the other side of the Atlantic too!

Faune's Mom

raphycassens said...

Jason - you hush! There can never be enough pictures! I'm also cracking up because out here in Los Angeles (best weather on the planet right now, by the way) television goes on live news coverage suspending regular programming for what they call STORMWATCH; which is what most places call....wait for it...RAIN.

IsobelleGoLightly said...

I love to see pictures too!!! But...where are the goat photos??? hee hee

Unknown said...

Jason, next snow she'll just have to double the number of photos!


I hear you about weather panic. We had a run on the stores because it was going to be in the 20s.

Love the pics, love the fox....

Laura said...

The pictures are great! The rolling hills of your farm look so pretty dusted in snow!!!

I'm one of those hardy Canadians you referred to... ;-)

We don't even blink for a 1/4 inch of snow here! A snow day from school would take 12 inches minimum, probably more...

RuckusButt said...

Hey, no worries. It's not like you don't have a million other things to do :)

LuLo Designs/Blue Eyed Tango said...

Melissa your pictures are great, love the fox, Jason, too funny and'll never EVER hear me complain about heat!! I say keep the pics coming! Have a warm day! It's below zero here this morning brrr.

Anonymous said...

I would love to send you some Michigan snow! Ours get sooo deep and then it gets super cold, like 1whole degree! LOL! I just wanted to say that I never realized Bear was so little until you can see him next to Jason! He always has appeared so big, fluffy and regal in the pics! I got a good chuckle out of that, he is very cute, as well as ALL the horsie pics! Keep up the good work and I hope you warm up soon, hauling water stinks no matter how long or how well planned!!