Photo taken 3 days ago, snow just starting.
2 days into milking Dolly and Daisy May while keeping Star out has gone exceptionally well. Tip some grain into the alpaca feeder, steer Star to it while escorting the other 2 past her. Daisy May is still hesitant and needs some encouragement but she's getting better. I milk Dolly first, then Daisy May, before moving them out before their tails go up :).
Today didn't seem as cold as the thermometer read. Herbie put the snow thrower on the tractor and blew the driveway while I watered the livestock. Threw the frizzbee for Anni and had to chastise Missy for harrassing the cows ! She runs up to them with Max on her heels until they turn away from them, and then she chases them with her head high and mischievous gleam in her eye. It's bad enough when the horses keep the cows and alpacas from the feeder, but singling one out and then chasing them is plain mean. She acted like Sargeant did when I caught him chasing the geese, veers off as if I'm just running, mum, not my fault they're there !
We had about 6 inches of snow so far, but it's expected to be 40 degrees on Monday. Wonder if it'll be warm long enough to melt the snow. Kept the wood-cookstove burning all day so the house was warm. Got it up to the high 60s, which doesn't sound warm but was nearly 50 degrees higher than outside. Wish my arm didn't play up this year so I could have taken my chainsaw out a-cutting wood to split for the stove. Coulda woulda shoulda, but I promised my dad and husband I wouldn't go out by myself with the chainsaw, and I wasn't confident that I could handle it without hurting myself.
Went to the library for some DVDs this afternoon, a Russel Crowe / Mark Wahlberg / Catherine Zeta-Jones thriller type one, and then a George Clooney drama. Neither of us had heard of either of them, but enjoyed the free entertainment.
Last night I assembled the lasagne and popped the 2 dishes into the oven for the final baking today before eating. While I milked the cows this morning, my husband ate some for breakfast. I was surprised and said the pasta wasn't cooked, but he'd nuked it and said it was soft and delicious, although runnier than I usually made, and he liked that it was softer without the browned top ! I baked it and had my breakfast cooked, and he finished the first one tonight. It was a 3-meat, no cheese, lots of veggies lasagne. Farm grown lamb, beef and venison, then mushrooms, aubergine, carrots, green pepper, tomato, onion, swiss chard and garlic. Maybe I should freeze the 2nd one for later. Maybe I'll make pizza tomorrow, chicken ranch perhaps. Sounds like a plan.
Chatted to my dad and sister this afternoon while driving. Enjoyed the catching up.