My boss also told me to be safe. I told him I would. I lied. I just busted my ass going down those stairs trying to put a chicken back under cover while holding the leash of a naughty dog.
That's the new girl in the picture. She's hard to catch when she's outside. All I can do is sit calmly, motion to her to come (she's deaf), and hope she does - or walk around 'til she follows me, then walk back in the house. She got out a bit ago, and I wasn't too worried, until she found the chickens. Yeah.
I finally caught her, put her on a leash, and went outside to find the traumatized chickens. She'd chased one up on the porch and he'd hidden, frozen (in more ways than one), in a spot that would have collected a lot of snow and sleet overnight. By the time he would have felt it was safe enough to move it would have been too dark for him to, so he would have stayed there and been a chickensicle by morning.
I scooped him up and headed down the stairs, being all calm and assertive while poking the new girl a la Cesar Milan if she even WINKED in the chicken's direction. I got to the bottom, and ...
There's a happy ending to this story. Chickens are all inside and toasty, dogs are all inside and toasty, and I'm inside almost all toasty. Waiting on a great big, piping hot, bath to settle down in to.
When you get older, you don't bounce as well as you used to, so that hot bath is going to feel SO GOOD on my poor sore butt. Mmmmmmmmmm...
So here I sit, waiting for the snow. Come on snow! I can't wait 'til morning!
I put a sprinkler up in a tree in the front yard earlier, just before The Great Chicken Caper. It's going to look gorgeous come sunup.
Anybody else ever done that? You should. The ice fountain it makes is so beautiful.
I'll update with pictures in the morning.
Man, I didn't need the sprinkler! I got a LOT of ice last night! You should see the house - looks like bars on the windows. Luckily I'd brought the chainsaw inside to sharpen the chain and clean it up - I had to use it to get out the front door!
It's like a winter wonderland out there. The sun keeps peeking out, making it all glisteney and shiny. It's so pretty. I might have to brave the cold again to take more pictures.
The new girl, chewing on the ice stalagmites. (And yes, that's a leash on her. After last night's experience, I'm taking preventative measures from here on out.)