Getting Ready to Face Winter

I can’t put it off any longer.  I have to get the barnyard ready for winter.  After Thanksgiving record high temperatures, we’re going steadily down now.  I got a good start on things today.  I started with the buck pen.

Marley Osboer

For some reason, they knocked a board off the wall and my tarp was coming unfastened.  It wasn’t going to even slow down the howling winds in January.

All better!  Okay, it’s better than it was.  Someday, I’m just going to have to replace the garage and this lean-to.

Where was Stormy to distract Marley when I needed her?

Marley and Stormy

With that done, I moved to “The Love Shack” where Fionn is living.

Fionn and Helen

I think he’s enjoying not having to eat and sleep with one I open to make sure his daddy, Marley, isn’t going to butt him.  I can actually take a picture of Fionn without the fence in front of him.

Fionn

It’s a little non-traditional, but hopefully it will keep the wind out.

I also had to check and make sure the cattle tank was ready to have the heater turned on.  That required me to clean all the “organic matter” from the side and removing the panel at the bottom.  I still need to drain it and scrub the goose sludge out, but I hate that job.

Muffin and Jelly

The goat would really appreciate me cleaning out their lovely blue cattle tank.  While I was crouched down, I had expert help.  Cinnamon had her face in mine.  She was standing right in front of me so I couldn’t see.  She was also pulling my hair!

Cinnamon Blackboer

She’s such a helpful girl!  She is adorable, but not very photogenic.  That’s because she’s usually helping me.  I also had to walk out to pasture and retrieve this blue feed tub that the wind had blown out there.

Coral Blackboer

Unlike Cinnamon, Coral is cute and photogenic!

Isn’t it nice to see siblings getting along so well?

Clover and Coral

Tomorrow, I’ll keep working on getting things ready for the winter.  It will be fun since we’re going to have wind advisories with temperatures dropping most of the day.

Linking to Farm Photo Friday.

Linking to the Shades of Autumn for the finale.

I miss my camera (big sigh), but I got an e-mail that it made it to Texas and is being treating with loving care.  Okay, they said they are working on it.  Hopefully the cleaning will be done and it will be home by this time next week.

Farm Help for the Popcorn

I have been drowning in popcorn this fall.  That’s a good thing.  Our crop did quite well, but my mother and I have been working to get it all husked and shelled.  My sister has helped some too.  Now I have a new helper.

He was was working very diligently to get the kernels off the cob.

Can you tell he’s not sure if he actually was supposed to eat them after they came off the cob?

He was at least helping to pick up the ones that went flying.

With help like this, I’ll be done with popcorn pretty soon!

Actually, he seems to have decided it isn’t as good as he thought.  He did eat some more, but now the last little bit is just sitting there.  I figure as long as I don’t take it from him, he won’t have to steal another.

Linking to Farm Photo Friday.

Linking to Shades of Autumn where the color is white.  There’s not a lot of white on Mushu, but I love those white speckles.

Linking to Camera Critters.

Has Fall Left Already

It seems like summer lasted for a long time, we had a brief fall, and when we got up Wednesday morning, I was greeted by a very winter scene.

Of course the snow was nearly gone by the time I arrived home from work, but even today I found snow on the north side of the trees.

There are still remnants of snow on the north facing hill also.  By the way, this is the fence that must be replaced next year.  You can see it if you really try.

We had quite a few inches of snow.  Between the rain and snow, it turned out to be over an inch of precipitation.  That’s good.  We need the moisture, but I’m not sure I’m really ready for winter.

Not only have we had our first snow, but our beautiful colorful leaves have also disappeared.  Any of the leaves I found on the trees today were just brown and dead.

Most of the trees are bare against the skyline.

The crops have been harvested from the fields, and they too are brown and dead beneath tonight’s mourning moon.

I think Iowa fields are still beautiful even when they’re empty.

Even the goats are looking like it’s winter.  The kids are really getting fuzzy and round.

Coral Blackboer

I am not ready for winter.  I still have a lot of work to do outside before winter gets here for real.

Linking to Farm Friend Friday.

Linking to Farmgirl Friday.

Linking to Friday’s Fences.

Linking to You Capture where the theme is fall.

Linking to the Shades of Autumn where the color is brown.

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