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Cold, Wet, Colder…Is It Spring Yet?

February 24, 2015

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere in Alabama it’s mild compared to much of the nation’s winters, but this last couple of weeks has been an exception. Friday it rained, then froze to solid ice. Thawed, got cold again. It’s been on that cycle for about 10 days now. It’s resulted in lost chicks, two heaters gave up the fight (they don’t make ’em like they used to) and a struggle financially between wood and stressing over what the power and water bills will be next month.

Pipes often aren’t as insulated as in the north, and those underground aren’t 3′ deep like Illinois is common to have. While we get away with much and are more concerned with summer heat, these cold drops are hard to deal with. Good mamas have kept most of the baby bunnies alive and growing, thankfully. Some additional litters due next week that we need to move animals around and prepare for. It appears the American Chinchilla doe did not take, as no babies are forthcoming from her.

Additional expenses of wood, and effort keeping things going has been a big part of things. It’s meant having to shuffle some things aside for now…that’s priorities! Last year held a February chill also.

Being blessed to help some neighbors out with transportation to essential appointments is another thing that has taken time, but something that’s a blessing to be able to do. It’s what community does. Stay warm, spring is on the way. It’s just a couple of weeks until the clocks spring forward. Oh yes!

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