Archive | January, 2019

Beauty in the Cold

31 Jan

Our cold streak really started Monday with a snowy morning and white out conditions.  By afternoon, we had a beautiful sundog on the way home.

I might be an idiot, but I decided to go try and take pictures in the cold Wednesday.  Don’t get me wrong, I prepared for the cold.

I wore socks, slipper socks, fleece leggings, sweat pants, t-shirt, sweat shirt, coveralls, flannel coat, ski mask, ear warmers (over the mouth), and two pairs of gloves.  It was beautiful though, and I didnt want to miss an opportunity to capture it.

Even if it is a lot of work keeping water open to the animals, the frost is pretty.  You have to find the beauty in this cold, or it would drive you crazy.

I like the look of the cobwebs above the water tank. They are covered in crystals.

It also seemed like a good time to try those frozen bubble pictures.  Although, I did have to pull down the ear warmer/mouth cover to blow the bubbles.  Most of them just blew away because we still had a bit of a breeze.  I guess I need -20* and completely still air.  That’s hard to find.  I managed to get one to sit on my deck railing.

Because I wasn’t actually expecting one to stay, it was already deflating by the time I set my bubble wand and bottle down and got my camera up to take the pictures.  So much for being prepared.

I decided I had to be doing something wrong, so I did a search and found a homemade recipe and some advice.  That helped!  It was still too windy though.

Come back, bubble. I want to take your picture!

That meant I had to step inside the barn.

It’s not near as pretty when you don’t have the sun shining on it.  Although you can kind of see Betty Lou’s reflection in the bubble.

I also had a lot of help.  Bonnie was just wondering why I was standing out there.

Bonnie

Finally, the wind went down and I tried it one more time!

Success!  Well, it’s better.

The sunshine really helps make it pretty.

I will definitely try this again.

Surviving the Cold

30 Jan

I am so grateful school was cancelled for Tuesday and Wednesday because Tuesday morning, when I went out to check everyone, Lily was already shivering.  I moved all five goats that were in that shelter into the garage with Tony.

Lily

They were very happy to be inside where it was warmer.  Although, it about killed both me and Harley to drag her across the barnyard.

Harley and Cupid (Tony in the back)

Dolly was being a brat to both Cupid and Harley, so I threw her in the room next door in the buck room with Xerxes, Zinnia, and Cookie.  She was a brat in there too, so I finally put her back where she was and told Lily to make her daughter be good.  It does seem that she’s finally settled down a bit.

Dolly and Xerxes

Aurora is handling the cold well.  Although, she’s ready for better weather.  We all are.

Aurora

Of course, Tony might not get any of the extra llama feed with his new roommates.  I will try to stand there and let him eat while the goats are eating their food, but holy goats, it’s cold.

Pistol and Antigone

As of preparing this post, the birds were all doing okay.  I have the door shut, and they really enjoyed the new cornstalk bale.

The three kids in the Love Shack are enjoying their heat lamp.  I wish I was set up to be able to provide heat to everyone.  Anubis and Hera quit all their running around like hormone crazed teens (Oh yeah, they were hormone crazed teens).  They did manage to dump their water bucket while they were running around though.

Hera (back), Anubis and Pluto

Luckily, the new heater in the well house is still working because my hydrant was not frozen!  Yay!  Of course, it was frozen by Wednesday morning.  The well house is warm, but I’m guessing the pipes were so cold that the water froze before it drained back down when I shut it off.  I’ll be carrying water from the milk room for the goats in the Love Shack and greenhouse.

The cattle tank is still thawed (and I assume the water is still running to it), but it’s almost frosted over.  The ice floe down the side is from our strong south wind the other day.

I’m not surprised that the hydrant froze because this morning did start cold, but so far everyone is doing okay. (I missed the picture at -26* F (-32.22 *C) when I let the dog out).

-24*F (-31.11* C) at 7 am Wednesday

Betty Lou was shivering, but that’s normal with this weather.  She is my second oldest goat, and the oldest one not in the garage.

Betty Lou at -16*F (-26.67*C)

I’ll keep checking everyone because we’re supposed to be back down to -24*F (-31.11* C) tonight.  By the weekend, we’re supposed to be back up to 40*F (4.44*C) with rain.  It’s crazy.

In Heat in the Cold

29 Jan

Ironically, as we are experience record cold with dangerous temperatures and wind chills, Hera came into heat.

Hera (front) and Anubis

In the twenty-four hours that the girls are in heat and putting off all those hormoes, there’s only about five minutes that they actually want to stand for the buck.

That means, she and Anubis were running around and expending all kinds of energy they shouldn’t have been wasting on these games with the cold.  Silly kids.

It’s a good thing Anubis has a clue about what’s going on.  Hopefully, Hera will stand for him, and we’ll have Hera and Anubis babies in June!

Pluto was just like, “What are you two doing?  Why don’t you come on in where its warmer.”

Pluto

I did finally go out and shut them in.