Tag Archives: Cupid

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.

Odie

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.

Moose

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.

Stormy

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.

Penny

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.

An Annual Tree-t

4 Jan

My nephew brought the goats their annual Christmas tree-t.  Clover was right there when it was unloaded.

Clover

Soon there was a crowd all around it.  The little girls weren’t quite sure about this thing at first.

Venus, Chiffon, Clover, Aphrodite, Antigone, Myson, Cookie, Caroline, Myson, Gidget

Cupid thought it was pretty good.

Cupid

Myson always makes a pig of himself.

Cookie, Myson, and Gidget

I think we need several more tree-ts to make everyone happy.

Pests

17 Dec

I know it’s hard to believe, but I have several pests in the barnyard.  There are five major pests.

Aurora by the door; Venus, Marge, and Chiffon

You can’t see the fifth one above, but she was right behind me.  Cupid has gotten to be quite friendly since she likes food and I’m letting her skim some sweet feed from my pitcher.

Cupid

I let the three little girls in to eat their sweet feed.  That makes three less for me to trip over.

Chiffon, Marge, and Venus

However, when I get my pitcher of feed to take up to the old ladies, I still have a couple of pests to try walking past.  I wonder why I have hoof prints on my door window.

And nose prints.  Yes, she’s steaming it up.

Sometimes there are more pests–Joy, Odie, Pluto, any of my retired milking girls, the other llama lladies…

Auror and Cupid; Odie and Maybeline behind; Pluto not visible below the window

It’s not easy to get my pitcher of feed across the barnyard to the ones I am feeding.  I have Cupid jumping on my back the moment I stop.  Aurora is walking with her neck on my back wrapping that long neck around me and putting her face in front of me to try and reach into my feed pitcher.  It makes me nervous sometimes.

I kid you not, we bumped heads one day, and I got a bruise by my eye.  I think it hurt her too because she actually left me alone after that.

Odie following too. (I think the blur in the bottom left is Cupid)

I’m not really complaining too much about my pests, though, because they are sweet.  And it’s a nice change from them running from me.  I just hope it lasts.