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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Houston, we have a problem....

looking out at the sky at 5pm on Saturday, I think we do have a problem. It's the temperature. At this point I can stand being outdoors for an hour, ensconced in insulated snow bibs, down coat, trappers hat secured over my ears and under my chin, warm gloves and shoes. If I go out to work on goats, dogs, or sheep, I can work out there for about a half hour then I need to go into the dairy room to get warmed up and eye lashes dried back off from the frost.

I'm a super-cold-weather wimp.

I don't tolerate THIS kind of cold very well anymore. I am 51. I have frostbit exposed parts since I was a little kid and those ear bits, face bits, and hand and foot bits just don't tolerate the cold like they used to.

Oh, did I tell you today's HIGH temperature here was -20F??? The low was -29. We haven't hit -30F yet. Perhaps tonight it will happen - the coldest we've ever seen at this house in the 9 years we've been here. This is a serious cold snap that has me out checking the animals 4 times a day. It takes me 2 hours to get the burning sensation out of my cheeks - like you've been smiling too long and your face hurts. Once I'm thoroughly warmed back up I can head back out again. Seems rather silly doesn't it!

How are you doing? Are you staying nice and warm??


kristi said...

Gee, I feel guilty going out just in a turtleneck, hoodie, and my coveralls today....I was excited because it was 35 today....guess that's like a heat wave for you:) Hope it gets "warmer" way up your way!

Kara said...

Now that is COLD! Stay warm, and stop by my blog and see Marshmello. Spoiled girl that she is!!! She is baby sitting my ewe lambs for the winter and getting lots of extra attention.

Deborah said...

Don't know how you do it, or how the goats survive! I worried about mine last week when we had temps hovering around 0.

Alaska Shetland Shepherd said...

HAhaha! Oh my, it's been so terribly cold for so long, friends with livestock like myself are aching all over....we've all hauled too many hot water buckets and extra hay to everyone, it's silly. Yesterday was odd - winds came up and it went to 8 above. The stores swelled and lines at the checkout were very long as everyone and their brother hit the stores on the one warm day. Today it was back down to -10 to -20 and still winds....brrrrrrr!! You all stay warm!!