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Spring Weather

20 Jan

We seem to have ridden the weather hill back to the top of the temperatures.  We are 50*F (10*C), sunny and no wind today.  It’s a perfect March day in January.  I took advantage to get some stuff done outside.  I set out a new salt/mineral block, and I cleaned all my water tanks and got to use the hose to fill them up.

Moose, Casey, and Myson (aka the Three Stooges)

Considering the hydrant was frozen again this week, I was really happy to be able to use it.  I’ve never seen anything like it before.  The handle was frozen so that I couldn’t lift it.  Usually when it freezes, it’s down in the pipe below ground.  This time was crazy.

The geese are enjoying a bath for the first time in quite a while.

I also unplugged their heated bucket in the building because I’m not a fan of an electric cord sitting in water.  Notice the ring on the bucket to see how deep the puddle is.

How do I end up with such a big ice cube around their bucket?  Indoor bath.

obviously before a full bath in the pool

I trimmed Clover’s hooves.  She has the worst feet on the farm (it’s genetic), and I just can’t keep up with them no matter how hard I try.

Clover

I’m excited to say that I kicked a bunch of goats out of my garage.  Vixen was not happy, but I really need fewer critters in the garage.

Vixen

I have just Stormy, Aurora and Harley’s girls in there.

Aurora

Stormy is going a bit stir crazy, but she needs to stay in there and recover.  She’s making it difficult though because she’s learned how to just push her way out of my panel fence and into the rest of the garage.  Smarty pants.

Stormy

I’m not sure I mentioned I put the twins in there.  I went out one morning in the last cold spell and Toffee was just standing in front of the hay.  When I picked her up, she didn’t fight and I could feel the cold from her body.  I put both girls in the garage.  I figure it won’t hurt them to stay in and get a bit of extra food for a couple of days.

Toffee

The long range forecast doesn’t look quite so cold.  It’s still up and down, but now it’s more between warm and average temperatures.  I’ve already taken enough pictures today to blog for the next week about everything else that’s been going on when I didn’t have time to take pictures.

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Back in the Deep Freeze

15 Jan

Yesterday’s temperatures weren’t too bad–a little below average with a fairly cold wind, but it was okay.  Overnight we had snow, the temperatures dropped to around the zero mark (-17.8 *C) and the winds picked up.

That’s where we’re sitting until it starts to improve on Wednesday.  I was so focused on checking animals and quickly snapping a couple of pictures that I didn’t even notice the sun dogs until I got the pictures onto the computer.

I’m glad I didn’t have to work today because of the MLK holiday.  I went out and gave the animals an extra feeding this morning.  Everyone but Lily got up to eat.  That means I hauled Lily back to the garge with Aurora and Stormy and Vixen.  It didn’t take her long to quit shivering and take advantage of the hay inside.

Lily

Unfortunately, Pistol is not an assertive goat, and everyone kept looking at her or acting like they were going to pick on her (or actually butting her), and she kept going outside with her girl, Astra, following her.  This is not where I want them when the windchills are at -22*F (-30*C).  I kept finding them shivering on the south side of the barn, and when I came out to take a couple of pictures, they were just standing in the middle of the barnyard.

Pistol and Astra

You guessed it.  I hauled them to the garage too.  We’re pretty much at maximum capacity in there.

I think I’m going to have to kick my car out or something if this crazy up and down deep freeze weather continues.

Vixen was considering being naughty and picking on Pistol, but I scolded her and she thought better of it–at least while I was standing there.  I hope they all settle down.

If the weather could just be a little less all over the place it would help.

Winter Workout

12 Jan

I decided that I need some real exercise this winter other than chores.  Trust me, that’s a workout in cold weather, but I need to do some real exercise, so I decided to bring the exercise bike home.  I got this about 1992 for $5.00 at a garage sale.

You’ve got to love the amazing 1970s gold.

It’s noisy, but it works.

I put it in the living room so I can read a book or watch television or whatever while I ride my five miles.

Noelle–some kitten seems to like figure skating.

Usually if I look to the cat tree on my left, this is what I see.

Looking to the right, I have this great sight.

Rocky, Sky, and Leo

Occasionally, I get this feeling like I’m being watched.  Then I have to jump off the bike and go open the door.  Sometimes it’s Sky.  Sometimes it’s Bob.

I guess it works though.  I look forward to spring and summer when I can just go walking out in pasture again.