-- I let the horses into the hayfield one morning, and an hour later when I looked out the dining room window I saw black cows in the field. If cows can get in, then the horses could get out, so I headed down the hill. It turned out that the cows were just behind the hayfield with a fence in between. In over nine years here, I've never seen cows out there. They walked along the fence and eventually disappeared.
-- We've had very cold winter weather all week: snow, ice, ice pellets, sleet... The new tank heater in the horses' water trough has been a wonderful blessing, but yesterday I found it lying on the ground next to the trough. I think a horse probably got his head under the cord and pulled the heater out when he lifted up his head. Thank goodness it's still working!
-- In spite of the cold weather, our border collie Sissy just wants to play outside. The inside cats spend the day curled up in the warmest spots in the house.
-- I feel as though I've done little more this week than feed the livestock, come inside and recover from feeding the livestock in the bitter cold, and go back out to feed the livestock again. I'm warm enough - I have good winter clothing and boots - but it's a lot more work to feed them and haul water when it's so cold, and I'm not as young as I used to be!
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