I looked out my window this morning and saw deep tracks straight up to my bedroom window:
I can see the fluffy snow has settled about 6 inches. I can’t see this track clearly, but it has paw prints, not human feet. If I get over there as I shovel off my path to the truck, I will see if I can tell what animal it might have been. It came from uphill and returned uphill.
Surprise: my dog did not bark at it. The only time I have seen him not bark was when 4 coyotes were yipping right under my dining window and wanting in the chicken coop. Little Guy stayed in my arms and growled, quietly. He carries on something fierce when the 3 neighbor dogs come in his yard, even though all 3 are much bigger than he is. This was a lone animal, my guess is brer coyote or brer wolf.
Those 3 twigs sticking up are 3 of my dwarf fruit trees in their pots. They seem to be okay and are sheltered from the worst winds.
So… I wonder how hard it would be to raise a few Nigerian Dwarf Goats? Sure would like a couple nanny goats for milk, cheese, butter, soap, and meat. I have read that they can produce a quart or two of milk a day. Enough to make cheese and have milk.
I see the upside, but have never raised goats. As my garden matures, I could feed more chickens, rabbits, and a couple small goats, maybe a pig or two. Not this summer, but that is the direction I would like to head. Thinking that going out in a blizzard for chickens is about the same for goats and rabbits.
For now, bee hives. Next time I go in for concrete blocks, I am ready for bee hive material. I think 1 to 3 hives.
As for sugar beets, about a 20×20 bed would yield 45+ pounds of sugar. Now if I could just grow chocolate!
My grid is still up, but I have 3 days of possible snow this week. I imagine the freeway is open today. Our paved road is not open yet, otherwise the neighbors would be plowing our roads. Not going anywhere yet.