To date, 2017 has been quite a dreary year!
I cannot complain...we had a very dry year in 2016 and need to replenish the water table.
I'm told that today we shall see the sun, however.
Farm living has taught me to embrace the weather... whatever it might be.
The key to a long and happy relationship with winter is "gear."
I own a good Cabela's rain suit and have found that as long as the temperature is 30 degrees (F)
or above, I am comfortable in this with a an UnderArmor sweatshirt underneath.
This rain suit is utterly impervious to water... so I stay warm and dry.
|It's hard to stay clean in this weather!|
Muck boots keep my feet warm and dry as well.
When the temperatures plummet, and head into the teens, I put on a pair of quilted work pants and
a quilted Wolverine work jacket.
I may not be stylish, but I am always warm! (But not too warm...that in itself is a problem.)
I'm not sure who is dirtier... the horses or me!
|A view of our home from the road....yup....hidden behind the woods.|
Yesterday morning, after I had finished morning chores, I took a walk in the rain.
There is a certain austere beauty in a grey, foggy, rainy day.
Some prefer to remain indoors in this weather...
relying upon room service for their meals.
You'd think after being pampered, they would have the decency to do their business outside.
But, no.... they poop inside and then dance in it.
(From the way it ends up looking I can only assume
that they do a jig on their manure... scattering it to all four corners!)
Others have much work to do and are not held back by a little rain.
And yet others seem not to even notice.
Everyone has a dry shelter.
Only a few choose to stay in it!
When not outside with the animals,
I worked on my post-holiday re-arranging.
I've always been a little mantle-decor-challenged.
This one is a work in progress.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
(Annie V.... those are the antlers you sent to me...thank you again!)
Every afternoon trip to the barn isn't complete until I have cut out another wooden ornament.
One or two a day... and I will be finished in about a month.
PS: Ethel has laid an egg now for four days in a row. Go Ethel!!
Also, the wooden eggs seem to have helped.
We were getting at least 5 cannibalized eggs daily.
Yesterday there was only one.
It's not fun pecking a wooden egg!
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this works!