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.
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.
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*.
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!