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April 2017

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We're on our third day of temperatures in the teens at night. Tonight will be 17 - not as bad as the last two nights, when it was 13 and 14. We've had to do all kinds of extra work, like let the taps in the house drip all night, plus, outside, stock up on water, set up a stock tank de-icer, reinforce tarps in the barn, get some extra grain in the barrels, and blanket the horses. The horses are really handling all this well, and the barn doesn't seem to get too cold. But man, trying to walk across ground which has been mud churned up by horses and then frozen to the consistency of cement is a real challenge.

But temperatures are going up. By Wednesday the low will be in the mid-40s, so I guess I should break out my shorts.

I know that, compared to other parts of the country, we haven't suffered much, even if this is the coldest it's gotten in this area for decades. To everyone across the country affected by this terrible cold front, I wish you luck and fortitude.


Cheer up -- the warmth is coming your way! We made it up into the thirties today, and melted a lot of snow, and are headed for the forties by tomorrow!
And in fact the 40s they promised us by next Tuesday have turned into around 51 today. (It's good living in the "banana belt" of South Dakota....) The melt has set in, and we are sending warmth down the Missouri then Mississippi River Valleys heading your way!
I truly hate the cold weather. This is what the UK currently looks like from space. It's -13 where I live and the snow / ice will not melt.
I'm sorry that you're having to suffer with the cold. I hope it warms up for you soon. It was -15 here this morning, but we are, of course, much better equipped to deal with it than you are.

I'm glad that the horses and other animals are doing okay. I thought the freezing would help the mud situation, but I guess it just brought other problems.

I'd love to live somewhere that it would be between 50 and 60 degrees all year long!
It's been wicked cold here too - at least for the South. Everything is dying - none of these plants are meant to endure days of freezing temperatures and nights of below freezing.

Hell, I'm not built to endure them anymore!

I'm glad you guys and the ponies are weathering it! It makes the minor inconveniences I've had to put up with over the past few weeks seem even more so.