From Pipi’s Pasture: It’s really cold
January 2, 2015
I've written several weather-related columns before, including those about the cold. But now it's really cold, and the cold is what we're all talking about.
It's so cold that…
• there are little icicles hanging from Pipi's hair.
• we have to use tools to pry open car doors that are frozen.
• the gate latches and chains are frozen — even the front door at the house.
• we wear two or three-pair of socks inside our boots.
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• all of the animals are hungry (we humans, too).
• even the cows don't want to get up in the mornings.
• hoses left outside (even drained) are as hard as metal.
• little cow hairs left on fences, at the mineral block, and other places look like thin white strings.
• cobwebs left from last season look like beautiful white designs, adorning porch railings, doorways, and other places.
• birds are absent in early mornings, later coming to sit, feathers all puffed out, in the trees, but they are quieter than usual.
• the boot warmer gets a good workout each day.
• layers of sweaters, jackets, coats, pants and socks are put on at least twice a day.
• cats cuddle up, two or more deep, in holes between the bales in the hay stack (where it must be warm, indeed).
• we keep our fingers crossed that the feed vehicle will start each morning.
• it's sometimes hard to get frozen twines off the hay bales from the top of the stack.
• even stock tanks with heaters have ice on them — at least partially.
• cats look forward to hot water in their water bowls each morning.
• it seems to take forever to warm up after coming indoors from chores.
• some huge icicles hang from the shop roof.
• to stay warm, our heads, toes and fingers need to be well-covered.
• wearing a pair of snow boots with holes in the sides isn't such a good idea.
• putting your wet hands on a cold hydrant, cold metal gate, or anything similar isn't pleasant.
• we're thankful that the running to outside water hydrants isn't frozen.
• spreading a garden hose 25 feet or more across a snowy trail to put water in a stock tank is one cold job.
• a person can see the steam rising above a heated stock tank.
• taking down outside Christmas decorations can wait until it warms up.
• cats jump from the crab apple tree onto the roof to warm themselves around the stove pipe.
• when the sun comes out, the cows stand in it, eyes closed, soaking up the rays.
And so that's how it is, this New Year 2015. Have a wonderful year!