Ok. I admit it. I dreamed - and then wrote - about spring and planting way too early. Any hopes I had of planting early spinach and pruning my raspberries this week have now been dashed. Patience, I tell myself...patience.
Here on the farm, I know the temperatures are dipping when I find Clyde sleeping on the hot tub cover.
Another sign that it's nippier than normal is when I bring in kindling for the fire and all the chickens rush to the door wanting to come in and get warm.
For mild-weather northwestern Oregonians, when temperatures drop to the teens, it's a pretty big deal. We just aren't accustomed to being that cold and it requires a great deal of
Fortunately, I've got my beyond-reasonably-cold farm routine down pat and this morning was the time to run through it.
Roxy insisted on wearing her favorite pink sweater for this morning's chores, but casually mentioned on her way to the barn that she is going to need some matching pink boots if she is going to work with me any more this week.
Once at the barn, I alerted Mr. Goldy, the stock tank goldfish (see the orange blob in the water above?), that we wouldn't be having our morning chats for a few days. He's cool with it. He doesn't seem to mind at all when the sky over his head completely freezes over for days at a time.
I made sure the heat tape wrapped around the water pipe was turned on and I put my handmade insulator (bungee cord and loose insulation) around the outdoor spigot.
I pulled the heated water bucket back out of storage and connected it to the lengthy extension cord that is once again running across the barn floor.
I made sure the bedding in Kai llama's stall got some fluffy new straw.
Kai insisted on inspecting my work.
She is always very thorough.
Just kidding. He actually had some complaints about the quality of hay I've been serving and wished to request a bucket of chilled carrot coins for his mid-afternoon snack.
(I'll get right on that, Chet.)