Yesterday and today were cold and windy. Last evening when I was sitting here at the computer, I could hear the wind beginning to blow, and I could feel the cold creeping up through the basement floor, chilling my feet.
Tonight it's to be in the teens and feel like 8*, and tomorrow it's also to be cold and very windy. Brrrr...
However...in the barn, it's toasty warm...
We've noticed that no matter how cold it is outside in the winter, the temperature in the cow stable remains a pretty consistent 52*-54*. With the cows inside and the doors, windows and hay holes all closed, they keep the barn feeling warm. Milking with insulated coveralls over our clothes is quite comfortable. We still have to drain water lines in the west side of the barn sometimes, but only if it's really cold and windy.
Did you know a cow's normal body temperature is 102*? All that body heat does wonders in the winter. (In the summer time however, it has just the opposite effect. More on that another day.)
Totally unrelated to keeping warm...in fact it makes me cold just to look at the picture...a couple of days ago, Jolynn found her way up into the oak tree and worked her way out almost to the end of a rather thin branch...
|photo credit Jenna|
...and she stayed there for a long time. We don't know why she was up there, almost twenty feet off the ground. Perhaps she was chased there by a dog?? Or maybe she was stalking a bird?? Or maybe she just wanted some adventure?? She finally turned around and made her way back to the trunk of the tree and just at there. Staring at us.
We weren't sure how long she would sit there, but she didn't seem to be in any kind of distress, so we told her that she would need to find her way down on her own.
And she did.