Ohiofarmgirl's Adventures in The Good Land is largely a fish out of water tale about how I eventually found my footing on a small farm in an Amish town. We are a mostly organic, somewhat self sufficient, sustainable farm in Ohio. There's action and adventure and I'll always tell you the truth about farming.


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Beet Relief and Cold. Ice Cold.

I'm so excited! We visited some friends and not only did I have a terrific time.... I got some beet relief. 


My salad was superdeluxe today because of beets given in friendship. You know who you are - thank you VERY much. I think I'll be able to make it now.

I needed some extra sustenance because oh baby, its COLD out there. We've had extreme windchill warnings since yesterday. This was the first day that all the water buckets were frozen solid. Now that is cold.

When we went out for chores this morning we had to bust all of the ice out of the buckets. I had a pile of ice when I was done.


No one was outside today - there was no sense in letting any of the barnyard animals out. The dogs only got to go out for a few minutes at a time. So far so good. The only ones we are kind of worried about were the barncats and they are the toughest of the lot! Even so we set up a warm spot for them. We hung a heat lamp safely above the chair where they have been sleeping in the garage. I don't think they moved the whole day.

This cold weather reminds me about some tips for extreme cold weather livestock care. This post is from a couple years ago and this is how we manage.

Happy Wednesday everyone! Are you keeping warm? Did you have to bust all the ice out of your buckets today?


5 comments:

farmer_liz said...

wow that is cold. do you have a wood stove inside to keep you warm? I can't remember reading about it....

Chai Chai said...

Sadly, we have been replacing frozen water buckets 2-3 times a day this week - brrr!

Ohiofarmgirl said...

hi Liz! yep i'm by the wood fire right now. it really makes a difference in the house. even tho we have the furnace going (low) the wood stove really keeps the house warm!

CC, that cold is just brutal.. i'm so sorry! i'm sending you warm thoughts.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

We have been trying to stay warm, too! Each morning for the past few weeks the water has been totally frozen over, usually 2" thick! I have a black rubber bowl for the animals' water so luckily it's easy to just throw on the ground and kick the ice out of ;)

David said...

We sure picked the right time to be on holiday! We missed the worst of it.

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