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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.

If I Make it Through January

18 Jan

You know, I started the new year living in the soap room because my furnace broke down and I had CO in my cold house.

Bob Cat

We got through that, and everything’s good now.  We’re in the house and warm.

Sky and Bob

Snickers

Four days after my furnace was fixed, my car was having some problems, and I took it to the shop.  The engine was diagnosed with “multiple issues.”  I now have a farm truck to try and help the car last longer.  I do really like the truck, and I’ve needed a farm truck for a while.  It was not the best timing though.  I’m not excited about learning to drive a truck in Iowa’s horrible winters, but sand in the back helps, and I am getting snow tires.

This past Monday (one week after the car break down), when I went to get water for the chickens, the hydrant didn’t work.  The well was frozen because my heater in the well house wasn’t working.

I put the heater I had gotten as a back-up in there, but it doesn’t work right either.  It won’t run or won’t shut off.  Well, I set it in the way it doesn’t turn off, so by the time I got home with a new heater the next afternoon, it was 90*F (32.2* C) in there.  My pipes were not frozen!

Now the new heater I got has a stupid safety feature that doesn’t like the rough floor in there.  I finally got it set to run, and it wouldn’t shut of either.  It was up to 110* F (43.3* C) the next morning.

I switched back to my original backup heater, and I think I have it now.  The temperature seems to be holding steady in there.  I swear, it should not be this difficult.  I am done with things breaking down.

Grateful

8 Mar

I cannot tell you how grateful I am to have my cattle tank working again.

Penny and Stormy

It is so nice not to be carrying buckets and buckets of water every night.

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