This is our balmy forecast for today:
Rest Of Today ...Mostly sunny. Highs around 10 below. West winds 10 to 15 mph. Wind chills around 40 below.
Tonight...Increasing clouds. Lows around 20 below. West winds around 10 mph. Wind chills around 35 below.
Friday...Mostly sunny. Highs around 5 below. West winds 5 to 10 mph. Lowest wind chills around 40 below in the morning.
Well, I could give you some jokes that start with, "It was so cold that ... " but it's no joke. I rushed out of bed this morning because I overslept, a result of wearing a hat to bed and didn't hear my alarm through the knit material. I now understand why in former days people would wear nightcaps. They sure would come in handy! I help Peter every morning and evening with milk chores, and was a half hour late getting into the milk room.
I'll have to post a photo of what we've been using my future main floor kitchen for, and it hasn't been to wash dishes. Today it was 21 degrees up there.
And then I discovered there was standing water in the laundry tub -- when there was no plug in the drain. FROZEN PIPES!! Hopefully it will warm up enough today and the guys can figure out how to thaw the pipe. In the meantime, I'm learning one more lesson in how to be flexible and figure out alternate ways to dispose of water. Thankfully the septic drain field is still operational. I have worried about that, because there's no real snow cover for insulation and we didn't have enough straw scrounged from area farmers to insulate the ground above the drain field. Last spring was so wet that crops weren't planted, so not much straw was harvested.
I'm also in the market for a pattern to create udder covers for our 3 dairy cows. So far so good, but we don't want to take any chances.
The weather should moderate soon, and hopefully we'll adjust to a real winter instead of the mild temperatures we've had up until this week.
Tomorrow we'll start butchering pigs! Hopefully I can take some photos to share in another post.