Ruffled Feathers and Spilled Milk

Farming with ducks and dairy goats, chickens and children.

It’s That Cold.

Posted on | January 9, 2014 | 6 Comments

Yeah, I know it’s colder where you are.  I realize you get snow every year and temperatures below zero.

Well, bless your heart.

But around here, we don’t do single digit temperatures.  It’s just not done. It’s considered vulgar.  In bad taste.

The schools called a 2 hour delay just at the thought of single digit temperatures.

No snow, no ice.  Just cold enough for us to be swooning and havin’ the vapors.  Nobody can learn under conditions like that.

We can’t turn on the radio or the television without being warned to keep a close eye on our elderly neighbors and outdoor pets.  Which I also find vulgar and in bad taste.  How old exactly do I have to be before I get lumped into the same category as “outdoor pets”?

We are also inundated with warnings not to burn charcoal, kerosene, gasoline, or other unvented appliances inside our home for heating purposes.  Please.

We.  Are.  Not.  That.  Stupid.


I haven’t set up heat lamps because the barns are warm, dry, and filled with hay.  The frost proof barn hydrants are holding their own, enabling us to carry fresh water just a few feet to the barn.

A pipe from an outside spigot on the deck did freeze and break under the stairs.  But the plumber came right out to fix it and in the process of emptying out the area under the stairs we discovered an old massage chair.  Bonus!

I’m pretty sure I got this as a gift for The Other Half when he was in his 30’s.  He never used it.  How prescient of me to realize I would need it when I was in my 40’s.  It will go perfectly with my massaging foot spa.  Almost like sitting in the salon getting a pedicure.  Except for the children running around fighting and begging to play Mario Kart.  Eh.  Stupid 2 hour delay.

I was just thinking we’d make it through the cold snap without any problems when I went down to feed the pigs.  I had already mucked out the pig pen and filled it with fresh straw when temperatures were still in the 2o’s.  Besides, the girls have been gorging on Hostess cupcakes and pecan rolls for the past 4 months.  I figured they would be fine.  And then I saw it.

I gasped and dropped the pig pail.

How could this be?!?

It’s so cold that the pigs lost the curl in their tails.

I know, I know.  It’s almost painful to look at.  I have to avert my eyes every time I go down.

Supposed to be in the 60’s by the weekend.  I think the tail damage is reversible.  Probably.  Maybe.  ??

I’ll keep you updated.


6 Responses to “It’s That Cold.”

  1. Andrew Ovenden
    January 9th, 2014 @ 7:36 am

    No, it’s not the cold. ALL the pigs are doing it this year, putting straightener in their tails. You’ve got teenagers, surely you understand.

  2. Fiona
    January 9th, 2014 @ 12:16 pm

    What a wonderful post! I have dealt with horrid winters and now since getting married to a Southern Gentleman who whisked me away to Virginia I have seen and lived both sides of the weather equation.
    In -12 to -20 or worse with wind chill I used to put out the big rolls of straw for my pigs. After cutting the twine off the rolls the pigs would burrow deeply under the roll and basically vanish from sight! Well until they got hungry!

    I feel for you because cold is cold is cold….and if your not used to it is much harder to deal with! Hang in there and keep warm!

  3. Tammy/Our Neck of the Woods
    January 9th, 2014 @ 12:23 pm

    Oh gosh, it is cold! We are finally getting up into the 30s here in Missouri and it actually feels good. So crazy!

  4. MamaHen
    January 9th, 2014 @ 3:14 pm

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and giving me some encouragment! You are hilarious! I have enjoyed reading over some of your past posts. I can’t wait to see what is next.

  5. Tanya Lam
    January 10th, 2014 @ 8:33 am

    I have never heard of pigs tails going straight. Please keep me posted. I am a NC girl and not used to this cold!

  6. Lin
    January 10th, 2014 @ 7:44 pm


    I thought it was a sign of the apocalypse when I found a hawk in the yard….dead. Frozen dead. But an uncurled pig tail? I don’t know how you can go on….

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