I know some of you have it colder than we do, and also many of you have it warmer (!), but I wanted to report our thermometer reading first thing this morning was 25.2 degrees (Fahrenheit) below zero. So far, no wind and isn't that a blessing!
A very frigid week ahead is forecast for us. As Papa Pea said this morning, "Maybe some of those terrible ticks will actually be killed off this year." If only. The reason given for the influx of ticks in our area has been attributed to our recent too-warm winters that have enabled them to "hibernate" and thrive when they were never able to do so in years past.
Worry thee not about us. We're staying warm and cozy (well, maybe except for necessary short forays out into the elements) and the poultry seems to be surviving without any real problems. I do wonder how the local wildlife manages to keep functioning during these times though.
Now I'm going to go turn on the oven to preheat while I put together a couple of pies as dessert for hungry folk who will be around our table tonight. Cooking and baking this time of year certainly is different than in the summer when I hesitate turning on the oven for anything!
P.S. Papa Pea came in from morning chores a short while ago to excitedly say he had just experienced having a very large, healthy-looking, timber wolf come within 20 feet of him! Mr. Wolf was loping along, seeming to have an important destination in mind this frosty morning, when he looked up to see a heavily clad human standing nearby at which point he (the wolf, not the human) veered off toward our back wood working area and then up into the dense woods. What a sight!
P.P.S. Chicken Mama just stopped by and her dad showed her the wolf prints. Since she suggested I take a picture to add to this blog post and she was dressed for outdoors, I coerced her into going out to take the picture.
They are a good 4-1/2 to 5" long. The above picture doesn't do the size justice. Take out a ruler and look at how big that actually is. He was a big one!
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