Extreme cold.

I didn’t sleep well. The wind picked up sometime in the night and I tossed and turned worrying about our animals. I’m such a ninny. Each of the animals have warm protected beds and plenty of food but the “mother” in me worries. The very cold weather always complicates outside chores. But it also makes taking care of the animals even more important. I make myself wait for strong daylight then at 9 am and 6 degrees on my front porch, I pull on all my layers of warm clothes. Last year my wonderful husband brought me an insulated jump suit that I step into and zip all the way up to my chin. It’s long sleeved and really warm but it’s hard to move around when I have it on. I used the jump suit last year until I tripped on the ice (I wish I could say I slipped on the ice, but I tripped. I’m a terrible clutz on warm, dry land so the ice and snow really accentuates my clultziness) and couldn’t catch myself in the jump suit. I laid in the snow for a time just observing the sky~ until I could roll over, hoist myself onto all 4’s then stand up on shaky legs. I wasn’t really hurt but it scared the tar out of me. (Do other people say “scared the tar out of me”? or is this another Texas thing?)  So I leave the warm insulated jump suit in the house. It’s safer for all.

But I digress~

The chickens are happy to see me with my large 5 gallon bucket of cracked grain. I’m always their favorite with that bucket in my hand. They are completely unfazed by the cold. But 2 of the 3 eggs are frozen. Guess I either have to get out here quicker in the mornings or add more straw to the nesting boxes. Probably both.

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Willow begs me for the egg. She loves eggs. Even the egg-sickles.

I am often taken with how pig’s eyes are so similar to human eyes. A bit eery but lovely.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESAfter the home animals are fed, hay and straw added to bedding and waterers refilled, I truck over to the cows. I worry about Maisy. She’s just so thin skinned and bony. We’ve talked about this before. I know it’s a dairy animal’s nature to be thin. And no matter how much food she eats, she will not gain much weight, but these cold days worry me about her well being. Especially with this terrible wind.

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But both Maggie and Maisy are fine. My worry is silly and I am relieved.

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I feel better having eye-balled the cows. I throw them an extra bale of good green hay, filling their “hay tanks”. They’ll be warmer with full stomachs. After I’m convinced that the girls are good, I head home.

Back home again, I shrug out of the mound of winter clothes and start the feeding process for my own brood. The morning chores took about an hour so I’ve only got about 5 hours before I need to venture back out into the cold for evening rounds.

Winter. Brrrrr.

 

 

PS~ Rhett says “HI”.

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What’s for supper: Pork shoulder roasted in a slow oven all day for fall apart goodness. Roasted potatoes and green beans with tiny onion bits.

Weather: Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny and cold, with a high near 8. Wind chill values as low as -18. North northeast wind 9 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Tonight mostly clear, with a low around -17. Wind chill values as low as -33. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable.

2 thoughts

  1. Hi Neighbor — Marcia from Wyoming — actually 2 hrs. from Yellowstone & Jackson. I love your blog — so much in common. I also have chickens and 2 milk cows in addition to beef cows, sheep, turkeys and LOTS of barn/porch/house cats. We must be in the same (or close to it) storm system now. -14* for us tonight with blowing snow. I too worry about all my critters — would have my milk cows in the house if possible.

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