Last Minute Change of Plans

It’s very, very cold here this morning.  We don’t get cold like this here, and with wind chills expected to be down around -30°, I’m worried, worried, worried about the livestock.  Chickens are smart enough to stay in.  I have no idea what the pig will do.  But cows?  Cows are not too intelligent about taking care of themselves.  I wish they were, but they’re not.  I think none of them will be leaving the barn today.  It’s not a big barn, but it’s only one day, so I think they can stand it.  Otherwise, I think we’ll have frostbite issues, and I’m just not willing to take that chance.

It’ll only take a few minutes to set them for a day indoors, except for water.  I didn’t plan on watering them inside (should have) and so we’ll have to carry water to them in buckets.  Possibly from the house, if the spigot is frozen.

Better safe than sorry, yes?

Sunshine in warmer times.
Sunshine in warmer times.

8 Comment

  1. I was wondering what all your animals would do today…they’re southern animals, not used to this nasty weather! Do your bunnies live in the barn in the winter?

    1. Everybody has indoor housing except for the pig, and she’s got a large crate filled well with hay. The crate is a pretty good windbreak, as long as it’s oriented correctly, and she just buries herself in the hay. The cows are a little confused this morning, but they’ve got food and water and attentive keepers, so they should be okay. But my goodness it’s cold out there! We’re only just finishing our chores now, and it’s past 9:30!

  2. I was thinking of you all yesterday with milking. It really is nasty out there. I am also worried sick about Pepper. My Dad assured me that there are cows roaming the plains in Montana who deal with this all the time. I told him “Yes, but they have each other to help keep them warm. ” Poor thing. Just one more day. Praying there are no issues for both of us!

    1. Oh, gosh, it was cold! Three of us had to keep spelling each other so one could go inside and warm up! We didn’t let anybody out of their housing yesterday, not even the cows. I think it would have gone much worse for us here if we had. As it is, we only had to keep thawing out frozen waterers. No animals died. Big win, if you ask me. Hope Pepper is doing okay, too. Honestly, keeping them out of the wind is best thing to do, and give ’em plenty of hay.

  3. Hi Jennie, I’m a friend of Kirsten’s from Florida and I just spent a good part of the morning reading your blog and getting to know you and your family! (My husband and I have been married for 19 years too and our oldest is also a homeschooled senior!!)

    1. Nice to meet you, Julie! I lost a lot of my blog a few months ago (big sad face), but I’m glad you had a little bit to read. I’ll be over to visit you shortly! 🙂

  4. Hi Jennie, I was reading your blog and enjoying it and I almost left a comment but I felt kind of weird because you don’t know me and then I saw that you left a comment on mine so I thought, well, maybe it isn’t weird after all ! Like Julie, I know Kirsten from Florida. We belonged to the same parish and knew one another from church and homeschooling. I love your pictures and reading about your farm. I have a tiny house and almost no land so I’m a bit enthralled with the farm life ( although I am a total wimp and probably couldn’t handle all the work!)

    1. I remember when I got my very first non-family comment on my old blogger blog back in 2006 from “Andie”. How thrilling! She’s godmother to one of my children now. 🙂 And I have since “met” several other women who are just as dear to me as if we knew each other in real life. Maybe more so. Somehow, even though people think the opposite is true, there is more time to be real here, to take the time to say what you feel, and to be heard by someone who cares. So, no need to feel weird! We could just as easily be sisters as strangers. 🙂

Comments are closed.