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Friday, January 11, 2013

Yo-Yo Weather

One week we're up, one week we're down.  It was cold during the visit with my brother and sister-in-law.  As soon as they left, we warmed up with near-record highs.  And now we're headed to a bitterly cold spell.  With high wind.  Oh joy.

 here comes the front
(zoomed way in on the neighbors to the north)


Yo-yo weather makes extra work.  There's a lot of blanket and bucket changes.  Even though we are lucky enough to have automatic waterers in the stalls and pastures, we hang buckets in the runs.  The Princes prefer to stroll out of their stalls and into their runs for a drink, lol.  Here's the problem -
Water is precious here, so we carry frozen buckets out to our newest plantings. 

Tomorrow night we dip down to -2F(-18C).  By Wednesday, we'll be back in the high 40s.  I'm counting the days.


17 comments:

Lori Skoog said...

Same here. Up to 60! tomorrow, then down to the 30s. Right now it is pouring outside.

Mary Ann said...

Here in Kansas, we had rain yesterday, it's 57 right now, and supposed to be in the low thirties tomorrow.. same thing with water here!

Dreaming said...

Brrr... Stay warm and happy bucket hauling. I always looked at that extra work as a money-saving opportunity.. I never felt the need to pay for a gym membership!

Fundy Blue said...

Brrr is right! I hope you, your family, and critters stay nice and warm! I'm going to snuggle under my own blanket in front of the fireplace with a hot cup of tea tonight! I hope you get a little relaxing time too!

Calm, Forward, Straight said...

Those extreme weather shifts are very unsettling... we're due for around 70 this weekend.

Love that you recycle your water. I empty and refill Val's 18G bucket twice daily, basically because I'm paranoid, and if the water starts off at the brim each feeding I can always see exactly how much he drinks. In the dry season the dumped water gets ferried to the garden.

Ruffles said...

The weather changing like that must be very frustrating. Hope you dont get too cold in the cold snap.

A Brit in Tennessee said...

We are experiencing sunny days in the seventies, almost bazaar-like weather. Today the ladybugs were out in force, they surely think that Spring has sprung.
I remember well watering the horses in freezing temps, lots of hard work....
Hope you soon get sunshine !
~Jo

A Normandy kitchen said...

Hello Terry,
Those buckets of ice say it all!! We have the cold arriving!
Ivan

Kate said...

I love that you recycle your water. I use yesterday's water to soak Lucy's PM grain and lunch for the next day, and I also use it to soak her bedding if she needs additional pellets. :)

thecrazysheeplady said...

And we just toss water out everywhere around here. Wish we could share. Sigh.

Inger said...

I heard it's colder in San Diego than in Chicago, which is so crazy. It was 10F here today and a beautiful morning in the mountains.

Jim said...

All that thawing and freezing is not good for plants....we learn that pretty much every year here and lose a few in the process.
That 'front' photo is amazing! So distinct and ominous.

Dom said...

It always cracks me up when buckets freeze like that.

jenj said...

Brrr, I don't envy your coming cold front. It was in the 70s here today, but tomorrow's high is only 40, and it's supposed to freeze tomorrow night. Fortunately we usually just break the ice on the big trough. And I'm with you on recycling water! Ours goes on our garden or the big trees.

Mary said...

Brrr, I keep reminding myself that spring will come once again. I am so ready for it. Fred really hates the cold. Take care.

sonia a. mascaro said...

Looks so very cold!
Is this beautiful house your home?

sophie...^5 said...

Our world is going through major ups and downs in weather too...hard on the ol' joints!!