Weather Changes

25 Feb

After our snow on Sunday, we had a pleasant change in the weather.  It was back to normal and above normal.

2TC eating some hay

The sun is shining and the snow is melting!

Goats and geese

That means mud and slush!

geese in front of mud

It’s getting a bit difficult to find dry places to put the hay out for everyone to eat.

Ava

I also took advantage of the warm weather to kick out everyone who had been shut in the greenhouse and garage.  I’m also not letting anyone into the milk room for extra food because I was starting to have major difficulties with ten or so goats thinking they should get to come in.

Popcorn, Tansy, Cinnamon and Cupid (just a fraction of the ones who show up part of the time)

It was chaos.  Anyhow, I removed Blaze and 2TC from the garage and moved them up north.

Blaze and 2TC

I still have Victoria and her girls up there too.

Victoria

Because the melting happened so fast, I’m still having door issues.  You might remember I had snow and ice and I could hardly get my doors to the hay and birds open.  There’s still enough of an ice pack that I still can barely get the doors open.

After melting, but still I can only get it open that little bit because of the ice.

I do try to make sure to open the birds’ door every day even if they aren’t going out very much.  Otherwise, it’s pretty dark in there.

I might have even had a bit of an accident trying to open the birds’ door Monday morning after Sunday’s snow. It might have ended up with me having a black eye.

Eye bruise (and I cut the thumb the night before trying to wash the food processor)

Seriously, I think I’ve shared more selfies of me hurting myself than about any other type of selfie.  That’s probably not a good thing. LOL

After a couple of days it was really purple

The snow has begun melting, and I managed to get my door closed again, but I’m a bit concerned about overnight refreezes that will prevent me from opening it in the mornings before I go to work.  I certainly want to avoid more black eyes.

It looks like the melting is going to continue though, so we might even end up with a lake in the birds’ pen.  I guess we’ll just deal with the mud and enjoy the warmth!

Still On the To-Do List

24 Feb

I have managed to get a lot done since we’ve warmed back up, but I do still have some things left to do.  First, I really need to clean the soap and milk rooms.  They’ve kind of become extensions to the barn and garage with the cold.  It’s a mess.

It’s still been a bit cold yet (at least the ground level with all the snow) to get hooves trimmed.  I really need to get them done as soon as it warms up.

Joani needs her hooves trimmed badly.

I’m trying to get some of my doors cleared out.  The door to the barn and the birds’ section of the barn barely open.

It’s packed hard, and I haven’t even gotten it chipped loose, even though I started trying to get them cleared up when I chipped open the red gate.

I also thought the chickens quit laying eggs when it turned cold.  Apparently, they just decided to lay in the lower nest boxes, so I have a crazy frozen, broken egg mess to clean out.  Fun.

I’m still struggling with keeping food for the animals on the farm.  The feed store is still dealing with supply issues, and last weekend I had no corn for the goats and llamas.

Maybeline

Thankfully, my nephew brought me enough to get through the weekend and even picked me up more from the mill when he dropped the Little Farm Hand off with the babysitter.

I’ll be glad when these supply issues are done, but it also makes me realize how much I need to get my bulk bin back to being functional.  I also still need to clean the garage out after having goats in it for that short time.

Blaze (on the Ranger), Dolly and Flower

With the cold, I also didn’t have a chance to dump out the water buckets to scrub them clean.

Popcorn

That’s done now, but I still need to do the big 50-gallon tub.  I just don’t want to make a huge ice rink from dumping it.

Gidget

I guess that will have to wait a little bit yet.  I’m pretty sure I’m not going to run out of things on my to-do list.

Sunday Snows

23 Feb

After our lovely weather on Saturday, we woke to white and snow on Sunday.  It was still fairly warm, but it was white.

By mid-morning, the snow was falling.

Odie, Maybeline and the geese

There was nothing to do but hang out in the doorway and watch the snow fall.

Daisy

This is the reason I left a bunch of the goats shut in.  After being away from the main herd, it’s sometimes a struggle to get them all to get along again and not just chase them out of the building.

Aphrodite and Haley

Pluto and Dolly

Even though it was still warm (Aurora looked pretty comfortable even though the snow had started), I wanted to make sure they could get in where it was dry.  In fact, when the snow picked up, I had to go make Litha move from the doorway so Aurora could walk into the greenhouse.

Aurora

I did have to let Dolly and Penelope in the greenhouse, too.

Penelope

Standing around in the barn was about the only thing to do, and since they hadn’t been with the herd for a while, the entertainment was picking on them. Bratty goats.

Standing around out of the snow

Sky had to come out with me, but he doesn’t even care about the snow.

Sky

I’m more in line with the goats–let’s just stay in where it’s dry for today.

Cutie–this girl always has a hat of hay

Like Cutie, I’d hate to get my hat all wet. 😉