Another cold day!! It reached maybe 29 degrees outside?? I know some of you are like, “pshaw! 29? That’s warm compared to <insert insanely cold temp here that is <29deg>!” To which I will reply, “Umm, that’s uninhabitable. 29 is uninhabitable. Why am I not in Hawaii?”
Alas, I’m not in Hawaii, and with my extreme dislike of cold, of course it’s a great idea for me to spend a good solid 5 hours outdoors in this weather. 😉 But the horses and watching the little boy have so much fun makes it worth it. This day we played some Simon Says and sang some songs as we rode around the arena. He kept wanting us to step in the horse poop (ah, boys), and always kept a sharp eye on the poop that Gigi (our horse) made, pointing out where it is in reference to the other horses’ poops.
Afterwards, I had a quick lunch of a handful of trail mix (I need to figure out a quick and easy real lunch to bring! Since no gluten, wraps and sandwiches are out… Any ideas?), and then on to barn duty. Due to the cold, everything was frozen. 😦 Sadly, some of the water pipes in the stables froze (eep!), so we had to fetch it from other areas of the farm. Everyone was frantically running out trying to figure out what to do! This is the first winter at this new location, so of course, we figure things out the hard way…
We got lunch to all the horses on time, though, and then I spent the rest of my time sweeping, getting hay from the hay barn for the next shift, and then taking wheelbarrows from the stall mucking to the dumpster. It’s a great workout!
One of the resident barn cats, Dakota, kept following me around. She came with me to the hay barn and then did a crazy dance of jumping and running up and down all the bales of hay… Then turning and looking at me (see the picture).
Then, back in the stables, she went into one of the empty rooms and just sat, looking at a hole as I swept nearby. She’s probably looking for a mouse or rat, but alas, her search was unsuccessful during my shift. Maybe next time… She and her compatriot, Oscar, are apparently pretty good ratters – eating them whole when caught. (Poor little rats. 😦 Reminds me of my pet rat that I had back in college; what a great little pal… Such misunderstood creatures…)
Looks like next time will be back to normal weather – mid-40’s, cloudy, and drizzly. Ahh, the PacNW winters…