Polar Vortex: Blame The Canadians!

Hello! Remember me?

The last time I saw the sun before the polar vortex hit. See that black heifer off in the distance by Chance’s left ear? She belongs to my neighbor. She makes my life difficult. She is a beautiful jumper. She also likes to take some of our cows where they do not belong. Every day for the past week I have had to go and get them and bring them back.

Now that I am thawing out from this week (yes, practically whole week) of frozen temperatures, I find myself itching to write to you again. Blame the Canadians and their polar vortex for my absence. I was too tired and my fingers too cold! But do not blame them too hard, I like Canadians!

How I handled actual winter for four years in college I will never know. I suppose I am far removed from it now and have reverted back to my south Texas tolerances. This week I have felt like quite a wimp given the extremes I went through in college. A Mucinex taking, hacking wimp.

Oh well. It is what it is and I am who I am. Someone who much prefers mild temps!

This is about how I spent this week…

Putting on many layers. Scooping poop. Filling extra buckets of water. Filling hay nets for the horses. Feeding horses. Feeding cows. Blanketing Apache. Scooping poop. Draining water lines. Sleeping. Night check. Feed horses. Feed cows. Scooping poop. Breaking ice. Drive an hour to work (except that day I didn’t because I kept breaking ice and feeding and scooping poop). Drive an hour back to the farm.

Rinse and repeat.

Somewhere in there I took off some layers and put them back on. Drank a bucket of coffee. Checked the temperature about a zillion times. And Apache finally got to go without his blanket after several days of wearing it.

Also somewhere in there towards the second half of the week, our manure spreader broke. That is a lot of manure to not have somewhere to put it! And. We lost hot water yesterday and still do not have any. Hopefully the hot water is restored today and it looks like the manure spreader can be easily fixed.

Could be much worse!

Today I am grateful for warmer, normal temperatures and so are the horses. Or at least they will be when the vet is finished with their annual appointment.

I am also grateful for the fact that cold winter can be quite pretty…and fun when you are a Darcy Dog…

The first clear morning. Clear and cold sunrises are some of the prettiest.

Sunrise reflections are also pretty cool.

When you finally see the sun, there is no better feeling.

Darcy loves to play with the ice out of the troughs.

If you look really closely, you can see a blanket wrapping a pipe. I point that out just for you. I had to do what I had to do.

While I could do without the frost, it is very pretty.

That is about all I have for today. That and enjoying the warmer temps!

Oh. I do have a couple more things.

Some members of my family and I are doing a Wednesday prayer and fast to pray for those in my family needing uplifting support at this time in their quest for the true desires of their hearts’. Liquid diet only on Wednesday, no alcohol (a true sacrifice for no wine Wednesday!), and praying for these people we love so dearly. I invite you, dear readers, to join me if you feel so moved. To pray for those in my family or those in yours. Anyone, anything. No worries, no pressure. As my mother said, we shall not be anxious but with prayer and thanksgiving we will let our requests be known to God…and leave it with Him. Even if you just do one day.

“when two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them.”
~Matt. 18:20~

Lastly, one of our own, a dear friend and dear reader, has lost her father. He has gone to be with our Lord in his ultimate heavenly home, now free of pain and suffering. Made new and whole again. Please pray for her and her family. Pray for peace and comfort. For strength and faith. I am adding her and her family to my Wednesday list.

Walk in love, dear readers!

Enjoy the warmth if you have it and if you don’t, know that it will come soon!

13 thoughts on “Polar Vortex: Blame The Canadians!

  1. I do not blame you for blaming us…. believe me, as a Canadian, I understand COLD, though I do prefer to blame Mother Nature for it. We have been in a cold snap for almost a month, the temps have not really gone above -30*C (-22*F) and has too often gone down to as much as -43*C (-45*F). It is the kind of cold that has the horses all wearing heavy winter blankets and spending every night in the barn. We are grateful that our stock waterer (crossing fingers) has been working well as it provides the animals with lukewarm water to drink in this horrible cold. I am from a much more temperate province, and often find myself questioning Mr Shoes decision to move us here. But, this too shall pass. Quickly, I hope.

    I believe I will join your prayer circle on Wednesday & remember you & yours and your reader too. Perhaps I can also impose on you to find just a moment to remember our comatose nephew in your prayers that day. May His will be done.

    1. Brrrrrrrr that gave me shivers! Glad you have a good way to keep them hydrated.

      I am glad you will join us! ❤️🙏🙌❤️ I will absolutely include your nephew and your family. Thank you for reaching out. His will be done.

  2. I think you should blame Alaska…. 😀

    Honestly, it’s been so cold that even Canadians are getting bitter about it.
    I love that last photo- it’s a stunner.

    1. Alright, let’s all blame the Alaskans! I am just glad that it has been a little warmer. Still feel like I can’t get warm though.

      Thank you so much!

  3. Rocking E Cowgirl

    Are you fasting every Wednesday, or just this one week? My church does the Daniel fast every January. It’s a doozy… I will be praying for you and your family.

    I completely can relate to the blanket around the pipe. I have done some similar things as well.

  4. Cold weather becomes such an exhausting chore when you’ve got a farm. I bet you needed every bit of the time you took to recoup from it!

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