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Chores When It’s Really Cold

21 Jan

The really cold (but not quite stupid cold) weather we are having right now adds another level of challenging to doing chores.   Part of that is because the animals went from pretty mild temperatures to really cold temperatures.  They have to have time to adjust, and they didn’t get that.  Even Odie is acting a bit cold.


I worry about Wanda with her fur not completely grown back.  The greenhouse is a bit warmer for her than the main barn.  (The hazy look is my breath steaming.)

Wanda and Aphrodite (and Athena’s body)

Caroline is her typical brat.  Not even the cold can change that.  You’ll notice Anubis on the shelf below her because Zeus is still kind of pushy.

Caroline (Anubis below and Zeus’s back)

I’m glad it did this over a weekend when I was home to check everyone more frequently.  I’m also giving them an extra feeding of hay.  This would be easier if we hadn’t had the ice that froze my door down.  At least I can open the top and throw my bale of hay out and then climb over.  It’s just another level of fun.  Although, I have gotten it chipped away so I can open it enough for me to sneak through now.


This extra feeding helps me check on everyone.  If someone is not getting up to eat or is just standing there shivering and not eating, they need to be moved.

Cupid and Cutie

That’s why Stormy got moved to the garage on Saturday.  She was lying in the barn shivering, refused to get up and wouldn’t eat when I put hay right in front of her.  She’s doing much better now.


Sunday, Dolly joined them.  I have a couple more old ladies and the young kids that I’m keeping a close eye on.

Antigone and Dolly (Pistol across the front)

The front door to my garage is also frozen shut, so I have to carry hay through the milk/soap rooms, or I can climb the fence and go through the buck room.

Xerxes and Hilda (the door that will open between them)

Poor Xerxes still is the biggest chicken on the farm, but he’s also hoping I bring him lots of grain.

I’ve also been breaking the ice off my cattle tank.


The heater is working, but it is warm and the steam freezes, and it just keeps freezing until it’s completely iced over.

Luckily, the cold is supposed to break tomorrow, and I can put my old ladies back out of the garage.  Of course, with the warmer temperatures comes the threat of more rain, ice, and snow.


20 Jan

Well, the snow/freezing rain ended fairly early on Saturday, but the winds were still horrible.  My nephew came and cleared my driveway.

Yes, my vehicles are outside the garage because a llama and goats have overtaken the entire garage.  Trust me, the blue skies and sunshine mask the dangerous windchills.

Nobody wanted to do more than peek out and decide it was not worth stepping out the door.  It was even too cold for the goats to bask.  That’s cold!


We did have a fair amount of ice with the storm.  It’s hard to see it glistening, but the cat slipped when he tried going out and decided it wasn’t worth it.

The dog is not happy with the weather either.


Luckily for him, I sneak out to do chores and leave him inside.  He’s so attached to me, that he would come out and freeze and shiver the entire time if I didn’t sneak out.  The pillow in the house is a much better way to wait while I do chores.

The winds were horrible all day.  It really was pretty though.

The temperatures continued dropping, and by afternoon, we had sundogs.

I was too wimpy to go out and get a picture of the whole thing without the light pole and building in the way.  I will probably have a couple more chances though.

We’re going to be stupid cold until Wednesday.  Then it looks like it will be much better.

Winter Storm, Day Two

18 Jan

Oh, the weather outside is frightful,


but the pillow is so delightful,

Bob Cat

and since we’ve no place to go,

Mama Phoenix

Let it snow!

Let it snow!

Let it snow!