We did get our freezing rain but not as bad as the county to the north. Plus we didn’t have to go anywhere so that helped.
First thing this morning though I was happy to see a hummingbird at the feeder. Tom had forgotten to put out the feeders yesterday in the morning so it didn’t happen until I got home at 10:30. I was worried, given how cold it was, that they would have perished. But I saw one last evening at the front feeder, and this one today at the back feeder. The Christmas lights are not enough to keep them from freezing when it is that cold.
The farm animals are all still alive despite the bitter cold yesterday and the freezing rain today. The sheep Hazelnut and the goats Shorty and Saphie have been shivering. Tom had set up a heat lamp for them when I was at work so hopefully it is helping.
After the animal chores were done, I went in the house and stayed. The freezing rain turned to plain rain but lots of it this afternoon. It was an indoor day for sure. I decided to deck the halls with boughs of holly, so to speak. This is one of the more ancient winter holiday traditions, and I thought it would be festive. Plus it helps get rid of some of our abundant holly.
I had done this a few years ago though with yew, and it might have killed our cat. I know that holly berries are toxic as well. But I plan on having the holly up briefly before any berries come off.
I think it does look festive.
I also cleaned the house today I think I am more or less ready for Christmas.