It seems so long ago that the grass was green and the apples were on the newly planted trees. There were flowers in abundance and the yard was gorgeous. Now, there is dull brown and leafless tress to look at, but in the next few days, the temperature is scheduled to drop dramatically to negative 16 at night and somewhere around negative 6-10 during the days, with snow forecast for Saturday.
Tomorrow night and for the next number of days after that, the Inn will be busy, though. The driveway will have to be kept plowed for sure. Tomorrow, supper for four is ordered, so inbetween the hauling of water in buckets, a seemingly endless task of drudgery, and feeding the critters, preparations for supper will need to be done. I will sneak in sometimes in the morning to get the home made bread started so it will be baked nice and fresh for supper and then sliced for toast in the morning too.
I am grateful for the folks who come to the Inn and for the opportunity to serve them and to learn more about their lives. So many are very interesting, with exceptional stories and it is my privilege to serve them. I do enjoy it very much. Robbie will be coming into the Inn more now, as the temperatures drop. He loves the people just as much as I do, and they, at least most of them, enjoy him.
The shelters are all strewn with fresh straw to make the animals comfortable in the cold. The Nubian goats and baby boats will be able to use their barn in the next few days, along with the ram lambs, but the ram lambs will be moving this weekend most likely, after the Jacob sheep go to a new home. There are always a few more things to do for winter, but this year, I must say, I am more ready than not. Now, to take more time to relax and create and enjoy the guests at the Moose Hills Inn…that's what I am talking about.