Friday, January 18, 2013

Wynonna emerges from hibernation

The obscenely cold temperatures that have paralyzed us for a week moved on out yesterday. Amen. 
I don't think I've ever worried about my animals as much as I have in the past seven days.
Could I keep enough hay in front of Lucy and the boys so they would stay warm? Would the chickens get frostbite?
Would my arms get longer from carrying buckets of water to the barn because the frost-free hydrant froze?

The one animal I didn't have to worry about was Wynonna. She stayed snug as a bug in a rug pig palace, 
underneath layers of straw, ski parka and sleeping bag.

Me: Wynonna, it's safe to come out now. The sun is out and it's 45 degrees!




Wynonna: Are you just saying that to get me to walk out there and exercise?



Me: I'll make it worth your while...




Me: Keep up the good work and you may get sunroom privileges.

17 comments:

  1. tee hee hee, i have this mind pic of Wynonna in the sunroom...

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  2. Carson, it was...gasp...77 degrees here yesterday and temps are on their way up for the next several days! Hopefully you'll get this, too, in a couple of days!

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  3. Picture perfect peeking out from her pig palace.
    I can hear her cussing now....

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  4. Love Wynonna! Love her door frame!

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  5. I can picture the Princess sharing the sun room with you.

    Better watch out, cuz the others will want their turn in there, too!

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  6. It certainly has been cold in the beautiful desert southwest. You worst than us in the city....here's it's all the reflective concrete and asphalt...uh huh. But our everything froze here, including our attitudes. Glad Wynonna had a warm and cosy to snuggle into. Super glad we're getting a warm up.

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  7. I've always heard that pigs were very smart. I think Wynonna proves that every day. I'm sure she'll love sun room privileges.

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  8. Sweet girl! I'm glad the cold moved on. 45* must feel like a heat wave.

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  9. Estella from Co.1/18/13, 7:52 AM

    The first picture is a winner, what a face...hahahahaha Hang in there IT WILL WARM up someday. Hugs

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  10. Our pig, Bud, had a piece of carpet remnant over his door. He would move it in and out of place to adjust the temperature. Of course, he also got old comforters and sleeping bags, which he shredded over time. Eventually we would remove the rags and the old straw and start over.

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  11. All those frigid temps are headed this way now along with a balmy breeze direct from Siberia. Looks like we're going to be well into the negative numbers next week.

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  12. I had wondered how you were handling the water in the cold. What a workout.
    It's fun to see Wynonna smiling/ cussing from her palace. You wouldn't know now that she didn't really like it at first.
    Sun and 40's sounds good.

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  13. We have a frost free hydrant also, which froze repeatedly last winter. Turns out that if the drain hole at the bottom gets plugged with sand your hydrant does not drain and then it freezes. We dug ours out and replaced it with a new one (we ruined the old one with a torch) but then we added extra protection by cutting a piece of hard plastic to go around the pipe and make a platform. Then we added about 12" of rock before filling back in with dirt. Works great!

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  14. Our frost free hydrant freeze's at the top. A 40w light bulb hung on the top and covered with a 5 gal. pail takes care of it!

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  15. She has great after bed hair. I'm jealous.

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  16. I'll say she is one smart girl! Snugging up is one of the best winter things a girl can do.

    Carson, I want to thank you (and I did on my blog) for recommending A Dogs Purpose. Such a beautiful book, and I will never look at my dog the same way again. Thanks!

    Cheers,

    Jo, Stella and Zkhat

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