Mired in the cold

It is Sunday and I’m sitting here in the back office which likely is around 60 degrees, which would be wonderful if it was the temperature outside, but this time of year, 60 degrees in the house is cold.  I am hoping it warms up a bit more today than it did yesterday because I need to go out to get photographs.  Yesterday, with the wind, it was just too cold to be out for any length of time.

We neglected to dump the rabbits’ water crocks Friday night and we paid for it on Saturday.  It was supposed to get up to 46 degrees, but I do not think it ever made that and it surely never felt like that with the wind chill.  So we had to put over 50 marble crocks in a wagon and haul them into the house, put them in the bathtub and slowly get the blocks of ice out of them.  It took several hours.  Needless to say, we will not be making that mistake again.

The poor ducks: they went barreling out of their night time pen to the pond and were stopped dead in their tracks.  It was completely frozen over.  Later in the day it opened up a bit close to the shore, but most of it stayed frozen the whole day.

We are going to get a little bit of a break in the cold over the next few days, but come Tuesday, it goes right back into this extreme cold.

We are taking a pig to the processor on Tuesday and since it will be so cold, we do not have to worry about the truck and trailer getting stuck in the mud.  The cold is only going to last a few days though, then we get warm again, which means mud, but it will be good to have it warmer.  I’ve still got a lot of rabbits to get processed and in the freezer.

We are taking the pig to a local processor.  He wraps in freezer paper and does not do the vogue cuts like belly or fresh bacon, but he’s local, I know he kills the animals humanely and treats them well while they are still alive.  I’ll forego the vacuum wrapping and vogue cuts (which may not even be vogue if we had them to sell) for a shorter trip for the animals and humane treatment.

Well, it is almost 6:30 and I need to get out to milk the cows, feed the pigs, water and feed rabbits and ducks, etc., etc.  A farmer’s work is never done.  Plus I have a good bit of school work to get done today.  I am wondering how I do all of this.

Until later …