Can Winter Be Over?

17 Nov

We are still over a month away from the start of winter, and I’m pretty sure I’m ready for it to be over.  Maybe it would have helped if we hadn’t had a full week of real winter cold and snow.  I had to feed full hay to the animals.  The last two years, I haven’t started feeding hay until the end of December.  Luckily, we’ve warmed back up and the goats are going back out to pasture.  Chores should get easier again for a while (hopefully till the end of December).

It seems like everything decided to break this week too.  Just when we hit our really cold spell, my heater in the well house died.  Luckily, I always have a backup, so it wasn’t out for very long.  And I’ve already bought a new backup.

LilyAnn and Clover in front of the well house

Same thing with the cattle tank.  The same day the heater in the well house went out, the heater in the cattle tank died.

Cupid, Coral and LilyAnn

Honestly, I have so much iron in my well water, it’s not a surprise that they die frequently.  Again, I always keep an extra, so it has also been changed and and new backup purchased.

This weekend my dad came and helped me with finishing the new back porch door.  It fastens now without me using baling twine!

accidental selfie

Sky has appreciated his dog door this past week, but he hasn’t needed it this weekend.

Sky

I’m also unable to use my bulk bin.  It must have a leak somewhere because the corn that was left in it over the summer is once again rotten.  That means, I’m back to frequent trips to the feed store to buy bags of feed.  But at least I’m making frequent trips so I can make sure I have plenty of backup heaters and stuff.

At least I can feed them.  And most of the snow has melted, and it’s supposed to stay more seasonal for at least the next week.

I might actually be starting to get ready for winter after this last week.

4 Responses to “Can Winter Be Over?”

  1. Jeanne November 17, 2019 at 4:30 pm #

    I, too, am ready for winter to be over! I just don’t l like the cold anymore.

    Sorry you’ve had those problems.

    • Teresa November 17, 2019 at 4:35 pm #

      Well, hopefully, everything is good to go now.

  2. Marie Frey November 17, 2019 at 6:16 pm #

    You are the master of all trades and seem to conquer them all. Love your daily interactions with your animals. Hoping for a cria in the spring. You seem to handle it all well. Mama Phoenix is one lucky lady hen to have such a caring caretaker in you.

    • Teresa November 17, 2019 at 6:24 pm #

      Thank you. Mama is awfully sweet. I do enjoy her talking when I’m working in the same room.

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