The Christmas company is long gone, and the deep freeze that gripped most of us has moved on (for now) and life is slowing returning to normal at the farm.
Fortunately I had a round bale of hay parked right by the barn door and I was able to roll it in to feed the sheep til the blizzard abated and they could return outside.
When the weather got warmer than -10 I was able to get the tractor going and clear the drive. First journey - hardware store to get a bunch of shear pins.
After a heavy rain last weekend much of the snow is gone though there is still good cover. The driveway, on the other hand, only partly meted and the return to sub zeroness has turned it into a treacherous ice field.
Jesse and I have been out hiking, me on my snow shoes, almost every day. The icy top to the snow is easier for Jesse to run on, while I break through the ice crust because of the air pocket below - so every step sounds like a bull elephant making quick work of the china shop.
I've been able to get into the Wool Shack now, and this week started on the long journey of re-building my post Christmas inventory. First up, size Medium, of course, and I'll focus for now on Koigu.
I'm still looking for a special knitting project for myself this winter. It kind of fell off my radar with all the snow, unexpected lambs, the ravages of decrepit old age, and such.
In the meantime, here is a pic sent by reader Mary who gifted her nieces with some of my 2013 special project: