Thursday, January 8, 2015
It's about 3 AM central and the temp outside from my little cold weather command center LED readout says negative 2 degrees. I decided to get a few hours of sleep when the wood furnace was kicking out some great heat with a nice bed of coals and pushed it a bit too far. After four hours the coals had died down enough that kick starting the entire affair requires a bit of open burning. I should have set my sleep slice at 3 hours instead of four. The inside temp fell from 71 degrees to 65 and I am just now seeing it climb back up a bit.
Oh well gives me a chance to catch up on some reading and enjoy a nice quiet house. All the critters are asleep except one cat who keeps trying to steal my chair every time I get up. The most annoying dog in the universe is also asleep which is a real Godsend. She is a smallish border collie mix that was a rescue dog from years ago and has some serious mental issues. She is afraid of everything, can hear thunderstorms from four states away and starts loosing her hair if you show her any open kindness at all that lasts longer than 15 seconds. Seriously if you start petting her more than once she will run and hide yawning uncontrollably. She is also quite ancient now I think she hit 15 this year. The best way to handle her is to talk to her and an occasional pet but otherwise make her comfortable and remember to let her out every 30 minutes or so because her control of bodily functions is not as precise as it used to be.
Her mental problems combined with the natural need for activeness in her breed blend to create a real problem child though which more than likely is how we ended up with her. She needs to run, be walked and messed with but can't handle the attention at the same time. If she get's loose it's a foot race because she will end up in the next county with no idea how she got there and will not look around her as she runs either. You have to keep her under constant watchful protection but at the same time not appear to be showing her much open love but be gentle enough not to scare her either.
Takes a lot of practice.
Once I know the furnace is burning merrily again and can handle being closed off from the extra air flow I will go back to bed until it's time to feed the sheep. Talk about happy though. We may not like these sub zero temps but they love em. When I let em out of the barn in the morning they run and jump and flop through the air like a hooked trout. Yesterday one managed to get out of the electric fence and followed me around the place while I was forking hay over to the ewes in the ram's paddocks. It just followed me like a dog so I didn't run it back into the pasture but let him come with me. That's a sure sign that it is time to get em to market once they figure out their wool will protect em from the two strand electric fence. I can either run another strand or two or move em out.
Time for em to go.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!