Factors to consider:
*trying to make my way to the donkeys, I was continually slipping on the packed driveway snow,
*it started snowing again -- we got dumped with at least 10" on Sunday
*four donkeys were crowding in the barn (because it was snowing again) making it impossible to clean up manure for the 500th time today and
*did I mention it was snowing again?
*oh yes, and standing on my head trying to get Alice's blanket on -- in addition to more snow it's going to get mighty chilly tonight.
No one would accuse me of being miss congeniality tonight. I'll admit it. I had to apologize to the donks for yelling. They seemed to take it in stride.
Anyway, I finally got hay thrown, more shavings piled up, and yes, Alice's blanket on. Chickens locked up safe for the night, more chicken treats distributed, heat lamp plugged in.
And as I started back toward the house, I looked up. Into the snowfall and the sky. And soaked up the quiet. It was only 5:30 but felt much later. And peace and calm appeared.
At that moment, regretfully, I did not have a camera, but grabbed my phone at the house, backtracking just a bit to try to capture the mood.
If you look closely you'll see one of the cows next door making his way out to the round bale
Did you feel it? Aahhh...