I realize that I have not put out a blog post in many many months, so I thought what better to inspire me to get back into it than a little crazy weather. Since last Wednesday I have taken some pictures to be able to put together a post showing how the farm transitions through the changing weather. I must apologize as the post goes on that due to my hiatus from the blog page, and an update done in my absence, I no longer know how it works so please bear with me. I have spent many hours trying to resize an image for a post and am on the verge of throwing the computer through a window (not that I have a temper). With that said Lets see where the week started.
Wednesday started with a flurry of activity. Knowing at least that there was a cold snap coming over the weekend, there was plenty of time to prepare to ease the stress of the cold. Hay bales moved and stacked for horses, Round bales moved and unwrapped for the cows, and fresh bedding and winterizing for the pigs. Most everyone that knows me knows that I love weather extremes. I am that person that would love to go vacation in the desert, and camp in the winter. So I was looking forward to the upcoming challenge. Thursday and Friday the temperature dropped.
Animals and all were happy. The mud was freezing up, and a little snow on the ground made everything look crisp and new. The temperature kept falling. I have to admit that last year with all the bitter cold I grew very tired of the cold, but I was excited for a weekend cold snap to see how far it would go.
Saturday we hit the Negative numbers. At this point I found out that the engine heater that I installed in the tractor was to weak to keep up with the cold. So part of the routine became tucking the poor tractor in with a blanket wrapped around the engine. It still got colder. At this point the farm kind of went into hibernation. The wind started Blowing and no one wanted to leave the comfort of there shelters except me doing my rounds checking on everyone. The pigs built nests out of the Hay and burrowed down deep.
At this point the snow the week ahead still was not forecast and the temperature was headed back up. I thought I had a neat little series of picture to show on the blog and I would be done. Then Monday came with the forecast of something? Rain, snow, or anything in between. At this point I made the mistake of thinking like usually we would get more of the rain and miss all the big snow. I love snow! but to my surprise, it snowed, and snowed, and snowed. 14 Hours of plowing, of which my little helper Henry worked the first 3 and a half with me (way to go Henry). The farm turned into a winter wonderland, and Henry and I started to feel the effects of mild exhaustion. The next pictures are a slideshow so click to see them all.
In the end, I must say Life on this farm tends to be pretty far from dull. So now I will sit back, drink a few cups of coffee and see what comes down the pike. With only 2 weeks left till the green house gets fired up, three weeks till the first of the chicks arrives and a month or two till the first of the calves arrive, I am sure it is to be interesting.