'Tis the Season

December 10, 2013


Two weekends ago, Matt and I drove out with his folks to Wheeler's Tree Farm, a local u-cut, for our annual Christmas tree. It was pouring rain, so we were sopping wet by the time we arrived back at the house with our noble fir, but we were happy. We picked a good one this year.

Since then, the temperature has plummeted to the 30's, 20's and teens. We even managed a light dusting of snow this morning, which somehow makes winter's arrival that much more real. Winter is coming.


Although I was worried about the hens in our below-freezing weather, they've held up quite well. They're still active and curious, and they eat anything that moves. Their hardiness is a nice surprise.

Us indoor mammals, on the other hand, are much more inclined to complain about the cold. We don't know how to cope as well with our freezing hands and paws, so we hide under blankets and cups of hot beverages, and cuddle together to stay warm.


  1. A very nice tree and it looks so pretty all decorated and in that setting..The photo makes me nostalgic for some reason.

    Your Christmas cactus looks fantastic, what do you feed it?

    The photo of kitty looking out at the hen is priceless.It looks like the hen is so curious about what is in the house and the cat would like to be out where the hen is..hmm, the grass is always greener..

    1. I think I gave the cactus a fertilizer spike back in May, but since then, it's just been water, water, water. I think it just likes it's sunny perch, perhaps. :)

      Miss Olive is so funny. She hops up onto the deck railing (which is up a flight of steps), and peers in at us pretty often. She seems to have the most natural curiosity of all the birds. Wren just happened to see her this time, and jumped up onto the sill to observe. They watched each other for a good long time.

  2. I lose track of time in blogland, so I may be wrong, but is this your first Christmas in the new house? Whether first or second, what a perfect, cozy tree!

    1. It's our second Christmas here, which means this is also our second real tree! :)

  3. First of all, your indoor plants are so gorgeous! Great to hear the chickens are doing well and are not bothered by the cold. I'm typing with cold hands too right now, boo.
    Love your tree :)

  4. Thank you1 And boo to cold hands indeed. 'Tis the season for fingerless mitts.