This weekend marks 2 weeks of this brutally cold weather for us while you folks on the East Coast are trying to survive over a foot of snow, blizzard strength winds and now the cold will reach you. Oh what a stretch of terrible weather! On Tuesday Reed was here early and we went to the barn to check on everybody. When I stepped inside I knew the furnace was not working. Everyone was huddled together and shivering and after talking to Rick, we got it restarted. Water that wasn’t in a heated container was frozen solid and several roosters had parts of their combs frozen. They’ll be fine – those tips will likely fall off next spring but I hated it. The hydrant has remained unfrozen for which I’m thankful. I moved some goats around to different pens so they had more room to live in because they have not been outside for over a week and they are getting restless. By this Sunday our temps are going to hit 30 which will definitely feel like a heat wave – about 50 degrees warmer than some of our days this past 2 weeks.
Reed started his 4-H project that day – he’s going to sew a simple quilt top and I will quilt it for him. We talked about his goals and made lots of notes throughout the day so that when he has to write his paper, we’ll remember how we started. Here’s Reed at the sewing machine.
Christmas vacation flew by as frigid days, too cold to venture out but one of the things I intended to do was make ice cream. It was nearly supper time but Reed and I hand cranked delicious vanilla ice cream. Again – where was my camera? Dang!
Friends from church raise cattle and January is calving time. Nancy has this guy gaining strength in her kitchen – he’s actually laying in an old suitcase so she named him Case. How could you not fall in love with this face?
As I get older I am content to stay home during this kind of weather – I check the barn many times a day and simply don’t have any desire to leave the farm. Thankfully there aren’t many places I need to go. The book I’m reading right now is “Little Fires Everywhere” and a Connie finally convinced me to subscribe to Netflix which I watch on my small IPad. The screen is small and the volume is limited but I’m watching The Killing which is 4 seasons long and I find myself watching more than sewing. I think that’s a sign of good television.
I still have not redecorated – too busy checking the barn but when I do get the quilts up, I will take pictures and post them. This is one of those posts that’s opposite of most – lots of text and not many pictures.
I’ve heard from Bev that many of you ordered her book Round Two which has the red and white Buzz Saw pattern in it and I’m hoping you’ll send pictures of the quilts you make. It’s a time consuming project however so I won’t expect anything for awhile – ha!
Just wanted to check in and let you know we’re surviving but I’m thinking of all of you experiencing weather you’re not accustomed to. Stay warm and safe and let me know what’s happening in your neck of the woods.