Tag Archives: winter

Hopefully the Last Cold Snap

3 Mar

We have once again had our temperatures plunge.

It made my task of preparing for spring break kidding next week a bit more of a challenge.  I had many of my gates frozen down.

Maisie

I do think I manage to get things as ready as I can.

Now it’s just a matter of coping and waiting and getting through.

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Iowa’s Weather

24 Feb

Iowa always has unpredictable weather, but we’ve even been outdoing ourselves this winter.  We are up to record amounts of snow between the first of the year and now.

Sky

Then Friday, we warmed up to 34*F (1.11*C).  It was melting weather!

By Friday evening, we had freezing rain.  Then it warmed up overnight, and it was all rain again.

Blaze

That means there’s a lovely layer of water on the snow pack/ice. Luckily, we got a break from the rain for part of the day.

Sky has decided to avoid the icy paths and go through the slushy snow.  I couldn’t disagree with that plan because I almost fell the first time out Saturday morning.

My paths in the barnyard are also sloppy, and there’s a layer of water below the hay and above the snow/ice pack.

Athena

I do worry some about my barn.  It’s a horrible design, and all the melting snow to the north of the barn has to drain through this section.  I’m sure later in the spring it will be virtually unusable by the animals.  Right now it’s still okay though.

Stormy, Mary and Flower laying in back, Zinnia, and Victoria peeking over Zinnia

I’m pretty sure that this pooling of all the melted snow and rain in my doorway means that I’m not going to be able to open these doors again until true spring arrives.

Because next came the rain showers.

This was followed closely by snow, and it was finished off with falling temperatures.

By morning we were once again covered with a fresh layer of snow.

Sky

Today’s big news is the wind to blow around the snow that fell overnight.

I missed being in the blizzard warning by one county (actually it’s just a couple of miles).  Lucky me.

Pictures don’t do justice to the blowing snow.

Both of my barn doors were frozen shut. Luckily, snow is an insulator and even though it’s freezing out, the water puddle wasn’t completely frozen.  I also used the sharp tines of the potato fork, and I managed to chip away the parts that were frozen, so I can get in to take care of the birds and feed the goats their grain!  Woo hoo!

The door for the hay is still frozen down, but this one is much more manageable since I can feed most of the hay without having to bring it out the door.  Thank heavens for Dutch doors.  I can toss my bales over and go around through the barn to carry hay to the buck room and my old ladies.

Tomorrow’s high is supposed to be 9*F (-12.78*C), and it doesn’t look like there’s any more melting in the near future.

While I’m Shoveling

18 Feb

I made sure to get out early yesterday and shovel before the goats tromped all through the snow packing it down.  So what were they doing while I was busy trying to make their life easy?

Maisie and Moose

Most of them are just lying around being lazy.

Clover

Or using future grandkids as a pillow.

Reva and Litha

Some of them just stand around.

Cutie

Poor Sidney was stuck standing in the snow.  I am NOT shoveling that side.  I can feed them where I cleaned off, and I’m not doing any more.

Sidney

Maggie and Margarita were watching me work (Myson was too, but I was too busy working to take his picture.  After I quit shoveling, there was no entertainment.)

It doesn’t take long for them to come out and explore once I’ve cleaned a place for them.

Hilda (Annie in back snacking on the hay I uncovered)

Yes, Hilda.  I did shovel that path just for you.