As you may be experiencing if you’re local or have heard and seen on the news if you’re not…it’s really cold. Last night at El Guapo’s Christmas party I heard the word “arctic” used about ten different times.
I think it was -16’F this morning here at True Mountain Farm. The animals seem to be fairing quite well. The biggest pain, concern, work is keeping the water fresh and unfrozen. It freezes solid after about ten minutes of putting new stuff in. That puts a damper in my daytime activities (i.e. we had to cancel my annual birthday hotel event b/c we couldn’t leave the animals that long).
But you know what? I love it! It’s beautiful here-so that helps. But there is really, truly something to be said for having to be responsible for something other than yourself (and your children and your husband). I like that the newest kitten (yes, we have another new cat….terrible cat story again-I couldn’t bear to post it, yet, if ever) runs to me in hopes that I (or more often, “A”) will quickly fill his food and water bowl for the morning. The rooster keeps crowing at me. I think it’s done being inside of his coop for three days straight…little does he know how flippin’ cold it is on the other side of the barn door! The Bunny seems to be enjoying her fur coat. The horse just keeps eating hay like crazy-we can’t keep up!
I did get a crazy case of “I haven’t eaten-just had coffee!!-and I’ve been up for four hours and I can’t-feel-my-hands because I got my gloves wet and then stayed outside in the “negative ridiculous” temperatures adding straw to the chicken coop and then started-getting-dizzy-and then just cried on my bed while my children looked on asking if they should call anyone for help”. Geez.
But it was my birthday yesterday so now I am officially 37 (unlike last year when I thought I was 37 only to find out it was a backwards birthday and I was actually 36!). Too bad you can’t go backwards two years in a row. What am I even talking about? I think the cold has gotten to my head.
Signing off this morning. -12’F and rising!!