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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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One of Those Days

13 Jan

Yesterday started out really, really cold and blustery.  Sky didn’t want to go out when I was getting ready to leave for work, so I decided to text my nephew and see if he could put him out later in the day.  When my mom answered (still don’t know how I did that but glad it was my mom and not some random contact) that she could do it, I should have been suspicious as to how the rest of the day was going to go.

Sky

I got a text from her on my lunch break saying that she’d let Sky out, but she wanted to warn me that he “played” with a plant.  I do assume he had some feline taunting him from behind the plant.

The cats really do get him in trouble when he’s bored and hanging out in the house.  You’d be amazed at how much of my floors he can cover with the dirt from one small spider plant.

I tried vacuuming it up as soon as I got home because I didn’t want it trampled down.  I got a lot of it, but my vacuum overheated.  Seriously.  This is the new vacuum I got just before Christmas because the new vacuum I’d gotten not long before could not stand up to all the love fibers Sky emits. This morning, after tearing it apart and spending an hour on unplugging it, I finally got it to work again, but I really hate vacuuming since they went to those stupid bagless vacuums.  I don’t know what to do.  I now have three vacuums and none of them can deal with the heavy duty job I require of my vacuum.

As I was vacuuming before it plugged up, I did notice Sky had also eaten the box the vacuum came in that I’d put under the bench because the cats like to get in it and sleep.  It might have also given them a place to go to get away from Sky.

Rocky, Snickers in the box, and Noelle

I quit thinking about the carpets and vacuums and boxes and rushed to get chores done before dark (luckily I get to leave work a half an hour early on Fridays).  I had decided a couple of days ago that Stormy’s not feeling well was due to worms.  I hate parasites, and we don’t usually see them this time of year, but she’s very anemic.  I put her in the garage with Vixen and Aurora because of the new crazy weather swing into the deep freeze again.

Stormy

She’s been wormed, but she wasn’t eating well, so I decided to give her a shot of vitamin B to stimulate her appetite.  I did that without too much problem, but I got some on my hands, so I went in the milk room to wash them.

No water.  My milk room is an insulated room inside an insulated garage.  It has a heater, and it’s at 65* in there.  The water line comes up through the floor (sadly two feet into the room) and the water line is never outside the heated room.  Tell me how it could be frozen.  To make it more crazy, the water in the milk room was fine, both the hot and cold water were still running in there.  The lack of water meant putting off the making the ten batches of soap I really needed to get started on today.  My dad did come out this morning, and when I went out to go to the soap room, I heard Snickers.  He was on the roof, so I had to go back in and run upstairs to let him in the window so he didn’t jump off the roof and break a foot again.

Anyhow, we finally figured out that the faucet was plugged right where the water comes out.  I got that cleaned, and it’s all good again.  I guess I’ll have to make sure I at least wash my hands in there every day or two so it doesn’t have gunk settle in it.

And I discovered there’s a mouse in my garage.  Sigh…

In good news, Snickers found a new box to sleep in.

And Sky can’t get to him there (well, he could…).  Now my motivation to do anything is gone, and I’m kind of agreeing with Snickers that a nap would be a good idea.

We Survived the Day

3 Jan

I survived my first day back to work.  It was kind of stressful worrying about everyone at home, but we did it!

Reva

My nephew came and let Sky out after it warmed up, and he hadn’t even destroyed anything in the house. Woo hoo!

Sky

As a bonus, my hydrant had thawed by the time I got home!  Sky didn’t even eat his kitten (Of course not.  He’s a good boy.).

Noelle

The goats and llamas were a bit upset that they didn’t get fed three times throughout the day.

Where is my mid-morning snack? -Myson

But they survived.

Vixen

We have a couple more cold days, and then we should be back to our normal cold winter temperatures!  Maybe then Bob will quit swearing so much.

Bob Cat

Thirty degrees (-1.1* C) sounds downright warm.