Saturday, October 29, 2011

Happy...um...Halloween?

It's the Saturday before Hallows here outside the village of Cambridge, NY. In town, folks are meeting at Hubburd hall to enjoy live music and costumes, dancing and "traditional" harvest activities. I have just finished knocking a Rhode Island Red out of a sumac with a roof rake so I could chase her into the barn to save her from impersonating a maroon pudding pop. Because the farm, if you can believe it, is in the middle of a Nor'easter dumping a half foot of snow on the farm a month before Home Alone starts playing on cable. I have raked the barn roof twice. I'm worried about snow coming off the roof and damaging the new chimney, and if it wasn't for the candy corn in the kitchen and calendar I assure you I would tell you it was January 29th.

Crazy.

14 Comments:

Blogger Jess said...

How much snow do you think you've gotten so far?

October 29, 2011 at 9:29 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Right there with you. Were hoping power stays on and no more trees fall. Any hopes of an easier winter have gone right out the door lol. Glad your warm and enjoy the candy corn!

October 29, 2011 at 9:30 PM  
Blogger Jude said...

Great photo--perfect pumpkin carving.

October 29, 2011 at 9:31 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

So far? maybe two inches? Before the storm started I moved Thursday nights 2 inches off the barn and just did it again. Paranoid the ol' girl won't make it so I'm babying her.

October 29, 2011 at 9:35 PM  
Blogger Ruth @ Hope, Joy and Faith Farm said...

Dang, hope this isn't a preview of the winter to come! Stay warm. We've had unseasonably dry weather here in Oregon, but I've heard its supposed to be a cold, wet winter. Hope the barn roof holds up!

October 29, 2011 at 11:26 PM  
Blogger J.D. said...

Mother Nature's idea of a trick? Is she wearing a snowman's costume? Don't tell me this is part of her economic stimulus plan. Ugh!

October 29, 2011 at 11:45 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Love the pumpkin. so appropriate. we often have snow on the ground for Halloween in our part of Eastern Ontario, but measurable amounts we can do without!

October 29, 2011 at 11:51 PM  
Blogger jim said...

exciting time Jenna, you have a beautiful little farm, a supply of firewood, two woodstoves, oil lamps, let mother nature howl a bit outside. you've covered all the bases this year so enjoy the quiet winter time-it's time to rejuvinate the body and spirit

October 30, 2011 at 2:53 AM  
Blogger Hughes ap Williams said...

We lost few trees..and I love trees. Standing on the porch you could hear trees cracking and see the tops shaking as they fell.

I'm trying to think of them as firewood...*sigh*.

http://hillsboroughnjjournal.blogspot.com/2011/10/october-snow.html

October 30, 2011 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger bookkm said...

My husband is off collecting my parents from their electric-free home along a park road that is prone to fallen tree limbs. Got to get the Dad to his cancer treatments tomorrow by hook or by crook. This is the absolutely WORST storm to hit the Mid-Atlantic in October EVER! EVER! Trees down everywhere, roads closed, 100,000 people in the Lehigh Valley without power - which often means without heat as well. But the sun is shining!

October 30, 2011 at 9:39 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

We were lucky power is back already but I discovered that our gas oven won't light without power. How annoying! I have used gas stoves a million times when power went out! That Vermont Bun Baker is looking really tempting. I hate the feeling that we can't bake without the grid.

The kids are out in the snow happy for the early snow. Hope everyone is well and warm if no longer plugged in.

October 30, 2011 at 10:43 AM  
Blogger DarcC said...

16 inches here, heavy and wet. No power and not likely to have it back for 4-7 days. Thankfully I have a generator so I can run my well pump for water for the horses and keep the heat on long enough to keep it bearable. Glad you came through okay!

October 30, 2011 at 6:37 PM  
Blogger bellananda said...

that's something i've been curious about -- why, if it's an area that can regularly expect large amounts of snow, aren't more of the houses in the NE sporting steeply-peaked roofs (rooves?)? the same seems to be the case all across the northern half of our country. seems somehow counter-intuitive.

October 31, 2011 at 2:33 PM  
Blogger Zev said...

The last time I remember getting snow before Halloween in the Northeast was 1990 -- which I remember because I was trick-or-treating through it! Hope you're staying cozy and warm.

November 1, 2011 at 12:06 PM  

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