Yesterday morning it was nearly 50 degrees......as it was most of the day. Then suddenly there was WIND (bent the trees right over!) and the temp bottomed out in record time, like in an hour it was in the 20's! Right now we're at 10 with a -2 windchill. Wind gusts are 40 mph. It's been a long time since I've seen a temp change happen like that, especially that drastic and that fast. Right about the time easy child and I were about to head out to kroger again when Darrin got home (check them out pretty awsome sale this week) is when the temp started nosediving and the wind slammed us and it POURED like omg.........and that rain was frigid. We cancelled our outing. Midnight the stray was huddled up in a corner on the porch near the door crying her heart out.......she was just barely keeping dry. She won't leave, no matter what.......and on the porch there was very little protection from the weather due to the winds. So I hunted around for something I could use for some sort of shelter for her, found one of mother in law's old clean trash cans (didn't even know it was still around) lined it with newspaper ( a lot) for insulation, covered that with an old terry cloth towel and put it out. I showed it to her and she didn't hesitate for a second to crawl into it. It wasn't quite as horrible once that frigid rain stopped. She came out and ate......then the snow came. We've only got about an inch or so, so far. I'm feeling bad for her tonight, that trash can isn't much against the weather, but I figured it's better than nothing at all. Inside it she's out of the wind / wet......and it's small enough she can warm it up to some extent. If Minnie and Ebony joins her they can get some body heat going. I've been trying to get them a small wooden dog house, but they keep getting sold out. Rowdy is all set, not worried about him. I knew what was coming so fed him early. He has enough straw bales around him he's gonna be warm. Supposed to get more snow tonight and tomorrow and sat......I don't think it's supposed to be a lot in our area. (which always makes me cringe cuz the weather always seems to have to prove them wrong lol ) I did bring midnight in for a little bit and held her cuz she was shivering so bad. But I can't keep her in due to Bruce. Not that I want to start that anyway.