Frigid Weather

The weekend started off with a winter weather system moving in.  Saturday we woke up to a breezy 10*.  It got a little cold towards the end of chores, but not too bad.  In addition to feeding, we bedded the calves with straw.  J and I spent the afternoon doing end of the year book work.  Okay, J did paper work.  I helped him find stuff like file folders, envelopes and paper clips.  He still has not figure out my organization system.

January 7

Early Sunday morning the wind hit.  Not just wind, but horrible cold wind. The high temperature I saw for the day was -9* at 7:00 am.  The last arctic spell we had was cold and the lack of wind made it tolerable.  The combination of extreme cold and extreme wind is not fun.

3/4th of the way through chores my fingers got cold.  They wouldn’t work and J sent me to the house.  I felt bad for wimping out and found a different glove/mitten combination for Monday.  The weatherman says frost bite can happen in less than 5 minutes when the wind chill is -35* or more.  Letting me head to the house early worked out for J; I made him Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies.

January 7

It was -12* when we woke up Monday morning.  I was glad the wind decreased to a breeze.  We have been very lucky with no waterer issues or machinery problems. We hold our breath every morning.  Temperatures slowly increased throughout the day and night; this morning it’s 22*.

January 7

J and I are blessed to have good equipment to work with and we stay pretty warm while tending to our livestock.  The calves were glad to have the extra straw to bed down in and our cows have protection from the wind.  According to the weatherman “normal” January conditions are coming our way.  That means sunshine with temperatures in the 20’s!

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8 Responses to Frigid Weather

  1. emily says:

    I’m glad you guys were able to make it through this cold spell. We didn’t leave the house yesterday, and we don’t have daycare today, so I’m glad we didn’t have to bundle the kids up to leave!!

  2. Darcy says:

    So glad you made it thru w/o incident! 🙂 Stay warm!

  3. Buttons says:

    Oh I loving the sound of normal January conditions I have no idea what that means for us but I know it is good for you. Keep warm and safe out there Robyn. Hugs B

  4. cheri says:

    I sure hope the weather man is right – with “normal” temps! Heat wave! 🙂 When it gets real cold, we give our cows extra straw and hay. The straw is wonderful stuff. They can nose around in it or lay in it. Energy is energy! 🙂
    Stay warm and safe.

  5. Linda R says:

    Conditions that cold have to be scary. Keep warm my friend.


  6. Elizabeth says:

    Stay warm!!!! It’s not fun by any means!
    Thank you for sharing that link – the 7 Rules of Life. I did enjoy it!!!

  7. Glad you guys are doing well, Robyn!
    Our temps have barely been above zero for a month straight. (there are 4 days I recall that we did get above zero.) We did manage to make it to & surpass the predicted negative 50 degree windchill the past couple of days. Mitch & the boys spent most of it cutting firewood.. we’ve never run out mid-winter before! (mid-winter being optimistic.. ☺)

  8. Linda W says:

    Glad you weathered this latest cold snap okay. We rarely get temperatures colder than the 30s here in Western Oregon. My husband and I agree, we don’t miss the below zero temps we endured growing up in SD! Keep warm out there! 🙂

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