We recently trudged through 80 hours of below 0 temperatures. Well, we fairly danced thru it once we were bundled up in long johns and Carhartt outerwear. But the animals - well, they were less than impressed.
First was the question .... should they go out at all?? Their love for grain was greater and they braved the crazy outdoors.
In the other pen, they thought maybe the best strategy was to stand in the sun. They watched from a distance as we fed a brand new beautiful bale of hay. Normally we would have a crowd. This day they decided the hay would be there when they got around to it.
Or bunch up together? The Nubians, our milking goats, hate winter most of all. If they knew about some long lost cousins on a Mexican beach, they would be there. They are our some of our most social and talkative goats, but on this day, talking took too much energy and they just huddled.
Mostly they just asked Why? (or was it "Where's the extra food?")
Cricket Bug took a different attitude - Turning lemons into lemonade - Snowball fight anyone? The equines' coats get frosty, but they seem to handle the cold best. All, except GusGus. He gets crabby when it gets cold. More on him next
Equipment just doesn't work as well in the cold. That includes the "brayer maker." Play the video to listen to a very sad bray.
Doing chores became a team sport and we enjoyed (briefly) the winter landscape. I'm not even sure I should admit this, but chores truly were not miserable. Just like the animals, we have the winter clothes to keep us warm. And you know me...any time spent outside is time well spent!
I fondly(?) remembered hair freezing after leaving basketball practices when young. Aw, yes, that crunchy hair! Old age has me wearing a hood. As a teenager we just ran as fast as we could not taking time for covering up.
And I finished chores with hot chocolate and just a bit of coco-nutty Malibu rum. Just easier with the right incentive.
Somehow looking back at the last cold blast does not make tomorrow's weather any more welcoming. We're headed below zero again...