Up at 4:30 AM this morning. It is cold, but not as cold as they are predicting for Saturday night...single digits then!
I milked this morning and Willow seemed to be shivering a little. I don't think it was the cold. She was nervous because the babies were confined and she tried to pull loose from the stanchion and I had to tie her up tighter. I do think I got all the milk though.
DH reported the electric heating bottom to the chicken waterer was not working. They don't last long for us. So, he is headed off to the local MFA Farm Supply later this morning to pick up one "on sale" for $36! Outrageous, I think.
I will also turn a burner on low in the milk parlor. I don't want water pipes or my canned goods to freeze.
All the hoses are put away. We do have some plastic waterers that are almost full and frozen solid. DH is bad to overfill in the winter.
We also have to leave water dripping in the house. I am afraid to trust temps below 10°.
I looked out at the bird feeder this morning and here is what I saw:
So, I raised the feeder much higher on another limb that I could barely reach. I don't think the cats can jump that high. They seem to agree with me; no one is lingering under the feeder now.
The Grass Bed is in full winter dress:
When I couldn't feel my fingers, I went back inside and made a fresh pot of coffee.
DH just called from the east fields to say he was looking at ll deer over behind the round bales of hay. They begin to show up again after deer season is over. I don't know how they know, but they do.
I am feeling the urge to bake something..........maybe oatmeal cookies again.