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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from Wyoming!

The weather has turned cold—way below zero last night and wind chills to −30F.  The ducks are now living in the greenhouse until it warms back up into the 20's.  Their feet get so cold and the wind is brutal on them.  When it warms back up, they will return to the garden in the daytime.

(Yes, that's our old, dead freezer repurposed as a duck shelter!)

The ducks make interesting tracks in the snow.  Webbed feet and wing prints:

In addition to the ducks, we have for the past two days had a flock of horned larks in our yard.

They are cute little birds and they tend to band together in huge flocks in the winter.

We are also having fun with "roof-effect snow".  The dog ramp is on the south side of the house and the north wind really piles the snow up on the ramp.  Pushing the door open far enough to get out was a challenge. (The ramp is no longer "people friendly".  We changed the ramp to make it longer and narrower so Dusty could go up and down it.  She got old enough the other one had too much slope.)

In addition to the birds and ducks, we have had "fun" with deer.  One learned to jump through a one foot opening (one foot high, very wide) between the top five feet of the garden fence and the bottom three feet.  I filled it in with whatever I could find.  Unfortunately, the deer then decided to jump into the melon patch and nibble trees, something they have not done in the past due to its small size.  So we put a whole bunch of tomato cages and other stuff in so if the deer goes to jump, it will look uninviting.

Must sign off for now.  Back next year.