I was almost late to work today, and for a few minutes I couldn’t figure out why. I got up at the right time. I didn’t do anything extra or unusual that added minutes to my pre-work routine. Finally, I figured out what it was. The morning was so foggy that although the dogs and I walked our usual morning route, that walk took longer than usual. Even with the headlamp I could barely see. I walked off the edge of the road a time or two and kind of wobbled from side to side along the woods road we usually follow, slowly careening from one side to the other. I must have looked like the proverbial drunken sailor.
Rain fell heavily this morning. My mountain was a mere 2 degrees from having the precipitation be something other than rain. For this weather event, Roundtop is on the warm side of the storm. However, once the rain ends the temperature will plummet, possibly into record-setting range. The high tomorrow should not break freezing and the night will be down in the teens, with a strong wind blowing—that’s almost January weather!
So this weekend I moved the chicken pen into winter quarters, which means it is now next to the cabin and partially sheltered by it. Last year I waited too long and the coop spent the winter exposed to the elements as it had frozen to the ground. This year, with my chickens a year older and my rooster now nearly elderly, I wanted to make sure that wouldn’t happen again.Perhaps it’s the ugly weather that has one of the local opossums out and about most evenings. I’ve had my bird feeders up for weeks now, but it’s only been this weekend that he or she found it. And speaking of bird feeders, folks in northern PA are reporting evening grosbeaks again. I hope a few of those manage to find their way this far south. It’s been years since I’ve had them at my feeders.