Niagara Falls

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We live 15 minutes away from Niagara Falls.  Here are some pictures of what it looks like right now with the pictures from last spring.  The first set of pictures is the Falls.

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The second set is a picture of the rapids leading up to the Falls.

It’s an amazing sight to see so I wanted to share it.  You can find more pictures on our local news stations page

here:  Niagara Falls Frozen

Ice Fog

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Ice Fog is minute ice crystals that form in the air in extremely cold temperatures.  This morning it was -9 F while driving to work and the beautiful ice fog was drifting down the river with the ice, moving along with the current.  This eventually will end up at Niagara Falls and tumble over the falls.

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This is very early in our area to see this as it’s usually around the first week of February this rolls in.  Regardless it is still such a beautiful sight to behold.

A fellow blogger, who has a wonderful blog hopping from Maine to Texas, recently posted pictures of the Sea Smoke in Maine.  Take the time to visit her page here:  Lulu’s Musings Sea Smoke.    Her pictures are stunning (and her blog is fun and full of beautiful pictures and ideas).  Sea smoke is a fog that is formed when very cold air moves over warmer water.

As the ice was moving this morning the ice fog was getting thicker and was so cool to watch drifting down current as it went.

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Mother Nature’s beauty at her best on a very cold morning with the beautiful sun highlighting every detail.

Isn’t it winter???

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This is our ice rink behind our horse pastures.  This rink should be frozen and we should be skating on it!!  I mean it is December in Buffalo, NY right????

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Apparently Mother Nature has other plans this year or is feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.

This is what the ice rink should look like

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Maybe this will serve as a boost to Mother Nature to get her butt in gear!!!!  We are ready for winter 🙂

First 2014 Snow Storm

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We have had our first blast of snow for the 2014 Winter season and it was/is a doozy.  It is still going on all around us.  It has stayed a little to the south of our little Island so we only have about 3 inches so far.  We are supposed to get more later tonight and into tomorrow morning.

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It started coming down and picked up speed covering many areas all over Buffalo, NY.

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Plow crews from all over are dedicating their time to different towns and areas.  This is Lancaster, NY and the photo is courtesy of a Grand Island town employee who traveled the 25 minutes to help dig this area out.

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In other areas sadly people are snowed in (the man of the house’s parents are one of them).  They can’t get out their doors to even begin the shoveling process.  But they are much better off than the people who are dealing with the weight of the snow crashing through their windows and collapsing their roof.

Here is a link to more snow pictures:  Buffalo, NY snow

And while this is a huge nuisance, I can’t complain as we are toasty with our woodburner, stocked with animal feed for the farm, have a pantry filled with canned goods and a freezer jam packed with meats, frozen fruits, and homemade pies just in case we get hit like the other areas!

Change of Seasons

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I do not complain at the change of seasons because I like it.  I like the changes that take place all around me.  I enjoy seeing what the next season brings.

This week has been pretty much all 4 seasons in a week.  On Monday it was like a nice spring day here in Buffalo, NY.  Temperatures were moderate and the sun was out.  Tuesday was like an early summer day.  The temps were warm enough for a t-shirt and short sleeves.  The man of the house and I took a wonderful trail ride in the early evening.

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Wednesday we were back to fall weather with cool Northerly winds blowing.  I took advantage of the weather to finish preparing all the animal houses for the winter.  The horses heated water buckets were set up and plugged in.

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And today, Thursday we were into winter.  The snow fell on and off all day.  The horses didn’t mind and were happy to be in the big pasture getting a tummy full of good hay.

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The picture looks blurry because of the snow blowing.  But it wasn’t sticking to the ground yet as it’s too warm and still good for bug hunting for the chickens who did not seem to mind the snow either.

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And in the house the wonderful comforting smell of a big pot of chicken noodle soup filled the kitchen with a nice warm fire going in the woodburner.

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There was even a jar saved to give to Grandma tomorrow

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Beautiful Sky

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Today was a very busy day mending a horse fence and re-doing the inside of the goat/chicken house for the winter and our growing chicken flock.  As the later part of the afternoon was setting in on a very overcast, windy day, it was a beautiful sight looking overhead at the big white puffy clouds highlighted by the bright sun trying to peek out!!

Fall in Buffalo, NY is beautiful this year 🙂

Calm before the storm

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It’s a beautiful warm sunny morning here on the ranch, but not for long according to the weather report.  We are expecting heavy winds, rain and 30 degree drop in temperature later this afternoon.  Glad these guys are enjoying their breakfast outdoors as I will be bringing them in when the rain hits.

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The man and boy are off to Toronto for a hockey tournament so it’s just the tween and I getting everything buckled down for the weather 🙂

Seasons

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One of the main reasons I like where I live is we have four very distinct season changes.  Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter bring a change of nature all around us.  It is never the same picture.  Year after year there are slight changes to how Mother Nature chooses to show you the change of season.

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This past Sunday these trees lined the football endzone.  It’s easy to see how the outside tree is protecting the inside one from the winds and the sun.  A true picture of the change of season.

Of course I have a favorite season, Fall.  Fall is so full of life to me.  The cooler crisp air, the change of leaves, apple scents all around, pumpkins decorating porches, earlier nights, small fires in the woodburner making the house feel cozy, 4 wheeling fun, feisty animals celebrating the cooler temperatures, pine cones, FOOTBALL!!, cheerleading, farm work easing up, trail rides, corn mazes, Thanksgiving and the smell of the wet leaves!!

Here are some of my favorite fall things:

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I love this time of year but look forward to the next change of season just as much!!  Bring on the snow 🙂