The weather turned ugly Wednesday and we woke up to almost 2 inches of sloppy snow on Thursday. That was bad enough but then it started to get freezing rain on top.
Since the trees still held a lot of leaves I was afraid for the really old apples in the backyard. They were bowed but undamaged.
I have to be careful what I say. Not half an hour after I said, "Gee, some tree is gonna come down on the power lines."............... the power went out. The electric company still has not replaced our super old poles but they weren't the culprits - as usual it was a limb on a tree up the road that took out service for a grand total of 14 customers. The battery on our generator wasn't up to snuff so Andy had to drive our old truck across the lawn to jump it. The poor old truck is technically for sale and hasn't been on the road for a long time but it started right up. The engine is good, mileage is ~ 120K and the interior is excellent but the body is rusting apart from all the road salt. Bad enough that the towns use salt in the winter but the dirt roads are brined in the summer to keep the dust down. Every time it rains the vehicles get a salt bath underneath. :-(
Friday turned into a bright clear day, but cold! We turned the sheep out into the south pastures for one last time. How many days they can go out will depend on the weather and how fast they deplete the grass. We're supplementing with hay now but they are all studious grazers and will gnaw it to death if we let them.
And a great many leaves came down with the ice and snow. All the pretty reds are gone leaving just some stubborn yellows and oaks that are still green. Definately a foreshadowing of what's to come.