So far, we have all managed well enough with the insane temperatures. Every week recently it has fluctuated between extreme cold and sudden, short warm bursts that bring rain followed by more cold. It is very hard on everybody, especially livestock. It was somewhere between -15 and -20 last night.
The weather man is saying rain, (RAIN!) tomorrow into to Monday morning with temps back down to -20 Monday night and Tuesday. Much of the country is bracing for even worse. All I can hope is that we all get through the next few days and that this insane pattern won't continue. If it does rain, make sure your animals can get completely dry before the cold hits again. They can handle the cold, but only if they are dry and out of the wind.
Tanner is the one who suffers the most in this crazy weather. The older he gets, the harder the cold is on him. He has trouble getting through the deep snow, his feet get frozen and if he gets cold, he gets very lame. I spent several hours this afternoon snow-blowing, clearing around the house and making paths for him.
I took my camera out in the woods with me yesterday and had to kick myself because the battery quit before I could get any shots. The light was truly amazing, something very rare and astonishing. Perhaps it is just as well, I am not sure it could have captured what made even the dark shadows seem lit from within. I'm not sure that any camera could have, although it would have been nice to try.
Today, it just wasn't the same.
Make sure your critters have drinkable, unfrozen water, lots of hay and shelter from the wind. Be careful and be safe.