Arrrrg! No, I'm not a pirate. It's the season of hard living and I'm getting stretched at every turn. It's not a bad thing. It's just a thing.
During the season of hard living the cold ads considerable difficulty to just about everything. You have to do more stuff from top to bottom. While in the summer I can be out of bed and out doing chores and jobs is 15-20 minutes, it just ain't so in the winter.
Of course it's not celestial or calendar winter yet, and it won't be until 9:19 p.m. (MST) on December 21. Or if you prefer, 212119TDEC19. Alternately, if distribution of this missive was limited to recipients only in the Mountain Time Zone, it could be rendered 212119JDEC19. Either would be fine, and guidance for which rendering to use would devolve to the operational commander, which is me. I like the sound of TANGO more better than the sound of JULIET (although I really like the Dire Straits song Romeo and Juliet), so the first one would apply. Of course I'm not the King of the World, so if this were going out worldwide, it would more properly be rendered in UTC or Coordinated Universal Time (commonly referred to in our U.S. operational lingo as ZULU time) thus: 220419ZDEC19. Clear? Oh, bother. I 'splained it all here. Holy stream of unconsciousness, Batman, where did all that come from? Obviously I digressed a bit there...
Sorry 'bout that. Where was I?
Anyway, winter weather is winter weather even if it happens in mid-autumn. Ahem.
In winter even the little things change. Dressing for instance. In summer it's shorts and tee shirt with cut-off sleeves. Good socks properly donned under lightweight but sturdy trail running boots. Out the door. In winter there's layering, and proper layering depends on an assessment of meteorological conditions and forecast. Basically, long underwear or not, but the smart and experienced idiot checks the weather on the interwebs with a cup o' joe first. If the interwebs is broke you go with eyeball observation and best guess. Proper winter socks, donned properly. Long trousers and a more substantial tee shirt. Good winter boots, regardless of conditions. Then coat, hat and gloves. It all takes time. Once you get out and get to work, cold, wind, and snow make things more difficult and take longer. I ain't complainin', you understand. Just 'splainin' why I call it the season of hard living.
First thing I usually do is turn on the water to the cattle. I try to keep it off during on-peak hours (3 p.m. - 10 p.m.) because it takes electrons to make the well work and there's no need to pay the higher rate if the cows choose to drink during the expensive hours. I shut it off at 3 p.m. and leave it off until morning, which is part of why it's the first thing I do. The water valve is out behind the barn, which is a good excuse to walkercize out there and back. Dogs seem to enjoy going with me.
Pretty morning today.
Here's the water valve setup!
|The long t-shaped "key" goes down the tube and turns the valve. Lefty onny, righty offy. GENTLY.|
|Always park the key like this so you can find it in the snow.|
|This is off.|
|ON. Just a 90-degree throw. The key gives lots of leverage, so GENTLY. Axe me how I know.|
|Put the key back where you can find it in the snow.|
Mom does the feeding of the birds.
The water is pretty straightforward.
|They drink about 2 gallons a day.|
|They're usually quite interested in what I'm doing. Waterer is 'lectrically heated btw.|
|Ahhh! Fresh, clean, 'lectrically heated water!|
Had a couple of droopy calves this morning, which I reported to the owner. Not treatable sick yet, but they might be tomorrow.
|The way they hold their ears tells you a lot. This young lady isn't feeling so hot. She was slow to get up and slow moving around too. Just feeling sick I think.|
|Same story here. They were both droopy yet this evening.|
As it turns out, Nebraska got beat today. Which is fine since they're clearly the worst team in the league. By the time football is outlawed in 2030 or so they might be getting good again. Especially if there are no teams left to beat them.
Not a very big deal though. What a sunset!
Hope you're all well! Don't forget to sleep in and miss church after forgetting to change your clock tonite!