Monday, November 08, 2010

Winter Weather Advisory

It was pretty nice out yesterday and early last night. While I was out serving as a fence, little Keebler came out to be made much of, purring like some loud and buzzy insect and snuggling into my gloves. The stars were bright with a few thin, dark clouds slumping across them. (It wasn't like the night before when I kept snuggling up to the tractor, which had a still kinda, sorta warm engine from feeding and saved me some misery.)

A couple of hours later a cruel wind whipped up and lashed any thoughts of warm and fuzzy right off the map. Now there is a winter weather advisory.


June said...

Time to put on the snow tires...

DayPhoto said...

The snow is suppose to hit here tonight and be here for four days.................ugh.


Linda said...

It's nice here this morning but the forecast......same as yours:(

Floridacracker said...




lisa said...

I am glad the guys got the front porch floor just about completed. It was pretty nasty today.

threecollie said...

June, I will echo that sigh! lol

Linda, four days! Just too long. There was some left this morning when I went out, but it is mostly gone now.

Linda, I am not doing well accepting what the calendar and the weather men have to say

FC!!!!! I think maybe you need to stand in the corner for a while. lol

Lisa, it was indeed. Roads were awful!

Cathy said...

I just read this aloud to Keith.

We both envy your descriptive skills and you know we mean envy in the best sense of the word.

The image of clouds slumping across the stars ... dang, girl. Dang.

The way you turn corners and take us spinning down a different road visually, tactility, emotionally...


OK. Down to the practical stuff. We want to know why you have to be out in the dark and the cold. Won't the cows come on their own since they must be anxious to be milked?

Cathy said...

That's 'tactilely' not 'tacitly'.

Dang that google spell check ;-)

threecollie said...

Cathy, I always appreciate your kind words...and Keith's more than you can imagine. Thank you both.
As to the cow question. Sometimes they come down...sometimes they don't. The heavy producers are generally delighted to come to the barn, and if they are hungry they will come for the grain. However, the dry cows and heifers will often just stand there and stare at you or even run like heck the wrong way. And when we put them back out someone has to stand on the corner of the temporary fence to discourage evil-minded heifers from pushing it over (their fur is getting thick enough to get past the electricity) and head for town. Pretty soon everybody will be in the barn, but they actually want to stay outdoors right now. We have left them in a couple of nasty nights and they bang their stanchions and moo and fuss to go out.

Cathy said...

That is so interesting. And I hadn't considered that some of them are dry.

So these animals have their own distinctive characteristics. And it seems a few of these mirror some of the less attractive human inclinations.


Thank you for throwing some light on this, TC.

threecollie said...

Cathy, any time. On a larger farm the heifers, dry cows and milkers would be separate from each other, and in most cases not out at pasture....more likely in pens. Which is fine for them. They truly don't care as long as they are comfortable and well fed. Ours like coming in the barn so much now that when we let them out for exercise they try to crowd in six abreast...through a one-cow-wide door. What fun!