Again, One Day at a Time turned into several quick groups. This is actually the fastest changing time of the year, anyway, it always seems that way to me. I think of the days from the end of October until right after New Year's Day as being the Holiday Season. And, normally, this time-frame zips through in a quick-step fashion. Enjoy each day, since they go by so quickly!
11/30/2008 - An early morning cloud bank provided a reflective layer for the sun this morning. The low clouds hung around the mountains to the east for much of the morning but allowed for mostly sunny conditions around the area. Thickening clouds moved in later in the afternoon but not before the sun warmed us with a high of 50 degrees today. Not a record, but very pleasant conditions which allowed a trail ride on the horses.
Cloud Bank at Sunrise
11/29/2008 - More clouds than sun today. No precipitation though, so the latest streak of dry days is continuing. The total for the month is close to the historical average now after being ahead for the first part of the month. Even with the dry days, the creek continues to flow but not at a very full level.
Mostly Cloudy over the Hills Today
11/28/2008 - A mellow day after Thanksgiving day at the ranch. No Black Friday shopping, just taking care of the animals and watching the clouds drift through.
The Three Trees in Early Morning Light
11/27/2008 - A bright sunny Thanksgiving Day at the ranch. The frozen pond reflected the morning sun.
Morning Sunlight Over the Frozen Pond
Thanksgiving at the Ranch
11/26/2008 - A passing band of clouds moved through the ranch area just before sunrise. The low angle of the sun gave colorful highlights to the morning. Just a light covering of snow pellets covered the ground this morning. After the passing clouds, full sunshine again is present to brighten up the day.
Highlighted Clouds Just before Sunrise
Afternoon Clear Sky to the East
11/25/2008 - Clear sky again today around the area. Since each day is a little shorter, the sun now is lower in the sky as it makes the move above the hills from the southeast to the southwest. Full shadow covers the pastures already by a little after 3 PM. The temperatures continue to slip down into the middle teens overnight under the clear sky conditions.
Sun Low in the Mid Morning Sky
11/24/2008 - Continuing clear days also mean frosty days. Today, was clear with just some high clouds streaming through the sky. At the morning animal check, the horses all had frosty whiskers from the cold and moisture.
Winnie with Frosty Whiskers
11/23/2008 - It was a bright sunny start today. The morning had a bit of frost on the ground and in the air, but it faded as the sun continued through the day. The clear conditions should mean another cool low overnight tonight.
Sunny Morning along the Fence Line
11/22/2008 - Mostly cloudy this morning. There was just a trace of snowfall that stayed for just a short time on the coldest spots on the ground and on the pond ice. The temperature just pushed out of the 30's today. The cloudiness continued for most of the day with little or no additional precipitation falling.
Light Snow on the Pond
11/21/2008 - The days continue with a lack of seasonable temperatures (it's warmer .. that's okay) and no snow cover (that's okay, too, it'll be here soon enough). This morning the horses grazed in the upper pasture again during the morning walk with the dogs. Later in the day, some sunlight made the afternoon warmer for one more day.
Horses in Upper Pasture
11/20/2008 - Variable cloud conditions overnight again kept temperatures from plunging into the depths. Just a little ice on the unheated tanks, but that went again with another day showing a mix of clouds and sun. The maximum was a little cooler with the temperature just edging into the 40's. But heck, no snow, and good conditions for any kind of (non-snow and winter) outdoor activity!
Stopping at the Bench during Morning Dog Walk
11/19/2008 - Well, the grim forecast for a big change in conditions did not take place. There were some streaks of clouds that went through during the middle of the day, but except for a bit more of a breeze, nothing much else happened. Still a continuing mix of sun and clouds and temperatures above the averages for the day.
Tree Silhouettes and Horse Shapes
Horses Graze in the Winter Paddock
11/18/2008 - This is expected to be one of the last in the sequence of mild weather days. The forecast is calling for more seasonable conditions in a day or so. Today was mostly sunny with the high clouds of the last couple of days passing through again. The maximum temperature set a record today.
Sunrise Over the Pasture
Sunrise and the Old Barn
11/17/2008 - High overcast conditions allowing a filtered sunlight for most of the day. The overnight low was moderated by the mixed cloud cover.
Morning Horse Talk
Sun and Shadows Across the Pastures
11/16/2008 - More periods of sunshine today than there were clouds. The increased sunshine allowed temperatures to rise into the mid fifty range that is quite mild for this time of the year.
Morning Sun Over the East Hills
Sunset on the Swan Range
Sadly, tonight at the last animal check, one of the young cats, Marco, was found to have passed away.
Marco : (09/2006 - 11/16/2008)