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Morning Rounds

Houdini & I completed morning rounds a bit ago, and now I've enjoyed more coffee to warm up. Got to a point I simply took my glasses off, as my breath (through the scarf) kept them constantly fogged and I couldn't see anything. Things may be blurry without them, yet I could see. Tucked them into a pocket and when we came back into the house... the fog on them had frozen.

Most of the critters are OK. Adolescent doe that kidded yesterday is up and about and very skittish. Her kids did not survive. Too cold.

Talked to Herself (she's off to SCA this weekend) and she's fine, probably on the road about now.

Our washer is fed by a hose from one of the hose bibs, since back in '04 Studio 318 burst its plumbing after the power loss and surges due to the hurricane season. That hose is frozen solid. Probably not doing laundry today here at the Ranch. Curiously enough, since the horse water is also fed by a hose but was on trickle last night, there is a stretch along the ground with no frost as the water in the hose kept things warm enough.

Thick frost on the ground this morning. Even in places the sun already touched, the low spots in the ground kept the frost.

No, I'm not asking for any sympathy from the folks I know who live both far enough north and far enough south to deal with this sort of cold and colder for longer periods of time than we do. This will be one of the longest cold stretches we've experienced here, and it will get warmer here sooner than say Virginia where several friends live, or Michigan where I grew up.

Re-organised the desk last night before knocking off for the day and supper. The new large monitor is now to the right of Laptop and its built-in smaller monitor, so moving mouse to the right moves onto the large screen. I could get used to this for photo work very quickly. *G*

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wedschilde
Jan. 10th, 2010 05:21 pm (UTC)
are you kidding? fricking cold is fricking cold! stay warm!
madshutterbug
Jan. 10th, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC)
No, I'm not kidding, but one goat did. And another might be, but she's an experienced mother. And yes cold is cold despite the Unbelievers that my part of the world ever gets cold. *G*
thedooz
Jan. 10th, 2010 05:29 pm (UTC)
yeah I stayed in bed until the frost had broken. Another good reason for me to not get goats it seems--got to get up earlier. :P. Sorry to hear about the kids though.
madshutterbug
Jan. 10th, 2010 11:33 pm (UTC)
Well, you don't have to get up earlier. Except, yanno, the bottle-baby kid gets sorta hungry. Other times when cold, with only adults or no bottle-kids to be concerned about, we've gone out after the frost breaks.

Do not think that I'm trying to talk you into getting goats though.
azhdragon
Jan. 10th, 2010 08:30 pm (UTC)
aww, man ... my condolences on the baby goats :-(

Today's predicted to hit 43 where I live ... I could do with some cold and snow. even some rain would be nice.
madshutterbug
Jan. 10th, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC)
::shares some cold::

I do not begrudge your warmth; it's one of the marvelous things about our world, this topsy-turvy bit about solstices and equinoxes. And yes, some rain.

Thank you. She gets another chance, this doe, because she is an adolescent and they often are all WTFjustcaaeoutaME? And also rather adverse circumstances, temperature and all.
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madshutterbug
Jan. 10th, 2010 11:35 pm (UTC)
Freezing point of water is the same, whether one measures using Celsius, Fahrenheit, or Kelvin. Number might change, point is the same. And, what we're experiencing is below freezing point.

Yup. Cold. On the other hand, it does not last as long as it does in, say, Iceland.
i_amsherlocked
Jan. 11th, 2010 07:09 am (UTC)
I'm sorry about the kids. We lost triplets to the cold snap we had last month, but we kept a set of twins. Same problem. first time mama vs. experienced mama. Our girls even sleep in the barn, but you never can tell...
::sends a wooly scarf::
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