Enjoy the Day

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What a difference one day makes on the weather in our area. Today was an absolutely beautiful day……yesterday morning not so beautiful. We woke up yesterday to a yard that resembled an ice skating rink.

My husband was highly amused at me when I was ready to venture outside yesterday to let the girls out of the coop. I don’t think he actually realized how incredibly slick it was out there. Our standing joke is that we might fall and break a hip….realistically we aren’t kids anymore; so that isn’t too funny!

I first went out with the ice chipper gizmo that we have. I opened the door and tried chopping through the ice layer that was on the driveway so I would have somewhere to step without sliding.  I quickly discovered that was not a good technique.

I was starting to think I might have to crawl out there or somehow sled my way over to the coop. (Now there is a visual image!) After a little brainstorming I decided to try using the ashes that had come out of the wood stove just that morning. They were still hot so I found a tin can to scoop them out with.

I am here to report that using hot wood ashes on ice is a great way to go!  It kind of sizzled it’s way into the ice layer and gave a very nice path to walk on. The only downside was the tin can I was using to spread the ashes kept getting pretty toasty. I was pretty tickled with my ingenuity! Even my husband was slightly impressed with how well that worked.

Our trees hung onto their ice coating till this morning. Once the sun started hitting them it looked like it was raining under the trees. Huge drops of water and bits of ice kept sparkling in the sun as they dropped to the ground. There was something exquisite about a rain shower that resembled diamonds.

By this afternoon you needed boots to get across the yard as the ice had turned to mud.  I think this might just be a really early foretaste of what spring will look like on the farmyard. It was wonderful to be outside and not have your fingertips get so cold they hurt.

The day just seemed to be issuing an invitation to venture out and see what it had to offer. That was an offer to good to pass up. My husband spent the day catching up on outdoor chores that had been put aside on the cold winter days. I also did some catching up with chicken chores. I must confess to several (okay more than several) long pauses spent just stopping and enjoying the day.

Today was a gift in it’s own way. It was a small vacation from the gray, cold that is winter. It was a promise of the seasons to come.  I know it will not last.  I know that winter is still here and will grace us with snow and more icy blasts before giving way to the warmth of spring. But for today, I will take the sunshine and the promise of days that smell of growing things and warm spring breezes.

“Despite the forecast, live like it’s spring.”
Lilly Pulitzer








47 thoughts on “Enjoy the Day

  1. peggyjoan42 says:

    I saw that horrible weather crossing Iowa and thought of you. I have used ashes from the wood stove as you did. Works pretty good. That mud when it thaws is always a mess. Did one of those girls in the coop venture out after you opened the door? As a past chicken owner, our girls stayed in the hen house all day when ice hit. Yes, live like its Spring.

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      • In The Autumn Of My Life says:

        We haven’t reached the depths of winter here yet. I live in East Anglia in the UK (the bit which sticks out like a bottom eastwards lol) and we have our own microclimate here. A dusting of snow the other day but nothing to write home about and -4°C this morning apparently!

        Yes, I wouldn’t like to say what would happen to my posterior if I hit the deck these days either. Tread softly, lass, use crampons 😉

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  2. thecobweboriumemporium says:

    When we have ice here, about half an hour before I know I need to go out, one of us will go out with a box of salt and throw it along a ‘pathway’ where we need to walk later. If you don’t have enough time …. you can use a bucket of sand into which you’ve mixed salt. The rough sand will give your shoes/boots purchase, and the salt will melt the ice.

    GREAT post Chicken. I was there with you.
    Sending squidges ~ Cobs. x

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      any sand we might have had was frozen to the ground and I did not have enough salt to make it the whole way there….so ashes it was :)! I know a lady who used to scatter bird seed on the trail ahead of her for some gritty stuff. That way the birds had a treat also.

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      • thecobweboriumemporium says:

        Oooo … I LOVE that idea!

        I really like the ashes idea though and, inside my [childlike] mind, I (want to) believe that you looked like a wonderful, Disney type sorceress, sprinkling a little pot of magical powders over the icy ground as you moved forward. As the magical powders hit the ice, the ice sizzled and began to ‘retreat’, as if told to do so!

        I like this ‘vision’ of you, and your magical pot of enchanted powders, so I’m sticking with it.
        lol. xxx

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      • thechickengrandma says:

        Maybe that is why I had so much fun tossing those ashes around! It was kind of magical hearing them sizzle on the ice and it did have that wonderful poof of steam. I may have to try it again just to relive that moment.

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  3. Margy says:

    Back home in the land of ice and snow, seniors are buying YakTrax or similar traction devices to clamp to their boots! They’ve probably saved a lot of broken hips!
    Here in the land of the sun and desert – it is cold and raining. Today it is almost the same temperature as it is back in the land of ice and snow. Go figure!

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      It is an artificial one that we have had for years. I suspect it was much fuller at one time due to all the needles I keep sweeping up each year. I told my husband when it looks like Charlie Brown’s tree it will be time for a new one.

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      • thechickengrandma says:

        hahaha. You know how the comments show up when you click on the bell? I read your comment there rather than on the actual post! For some reason I thought you were talking about the Christmas tree photo.
        Nope the icy one is not our Christmas tree….I think it might be God’s Christmas tree…all decorated and sparkling with ice.


  4. Shattered in Him says:

    I got whisked away for a weekend at the country cabin my husband and I spent part of our honeymoon in. We had no television or internet to distract us. Just the country and the horses! It was lovely!

    Enjoying get caught up some today. 🙂

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