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  • Canada- Turn up the heat!

    This morning we awoke to another -20 degree sunrise. I know it is not that cold but it kind of caught us by surprise. I had, being the tight wad that I am, avoided putting the heaters in the stock tanks. Managed to freeze one of the waterers and had to tear it apart and thaw it out. So instead of spending more on power I got to spend quality time with the ice pick and the hot water bucket. I managed to get the valve working and the water flowing but then could not get it turned off. Here I am with water spraying all over me, trying to stop the flows while I fix the valve. By the time I made it to the house I felt like one of King Arther's nights of the round table sporting a full body armor. It least I was only a hundred yards to the house instead of a few miles. I sat in front of the wood stove decided that it was better to turn on the heaters than treat frost bite, hypothermia and impotency from freezing my personals off.
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    Yup, this morning was a surprise! It is not nearly as cold here at our place as it is at yours. We had a low of 18. This afternoon was so nice. The sun was shining brightly, there was no wind, the horses are all well.

    The only hitch in the entire day was that our well pump decided to short itself. We had already filled the heated buckets in the turn outs, but the auto waters in the pastures went dry.

    We hauled water from the neighbor until the pump guy showed up, pulled the pump, ran new wire and got us going again.

    I didn't get many of my planned projects done today, but it did give me a chance to clean all the auto waters without getting all wet! LOL

    Here's to a warmer day tomorrow.

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    • #3
      Ugh yeah... ya think!?!?! No way on earth would I live somewhere where -20 is a "maybe turn on the heaters" kind of day!! It's in the 30's here now and I've decided I hate indiana again for the next 3 or 4 months. I really don't think I could have horses if I were somewhere that I had to deal with weather that cold and water/buckets/etc.

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      • #4
        Our normal low this time of year is 35. The high should be about 48.

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        • #5
          Yeah, Idaho Folks--and it's headed our way, courtesy of a stiff 40mph wind! I'm headed out to take the house off the frost free in the barn. Break out the insulated boots and hats with ears.

          Funnily, my SO is heading for Juneau tomorrow, where the low will be 25, highs in the 30's--we'll be just as cold at home! They'll be clear and sunny, we are expecting flurries.
          Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!

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          • #6
            Can't blame us! Although I am in the East and not directly North of you, we sure have had a mild Fall and no snow in November... unheard of for 60+ years!!

            Anyway, I hope you have thawed out and have regained the use of all your parts! mechanical and otherwise!

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              #7
              I came in tonight with icicles hanging off my eyebrows. The ponies had to pull the hay out to the cows and had ice in the whiskers. Bring in another log honey it is going to get chilly!
              Lostfarming in Idaho
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              • #8
                holy cow, I seriously applaud everyone up there! It's just started to get a wee chilly- like barely a frost in the morning.

                I really don't know how you all deal with water. We don't have heated waters, automatic, but they freeze up when it goes to PLUS (+) 20 degrees!

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                • #9
                  Well, someone forgot to close the gate and this morning we are 13F, what a surprise.

                  Guess we will be breaking ice also, we don't have heaters, because we don't get quite that cold too often.

                  It looks like it may be kind of a cold winter...

                  I am putting my shoulder surgery off until spring, so as not to be caught short handed this winter, pun intended, if it really is a bad one.

                  Advice on working in tanks you have to cut a hole in the ice to reach the float valve:

                  Warm the pickup cab as hot as you can.
                  Put insulated gloves, diswahing rubber gloves and duct tape them on, then add obstetric gloves, those over the shoulder, to pull calves and tape them too.

                  You can stick your hands in there and feel the valve and wrenches for a little bit, maybe long enough to fix them, before your hand loses all feeling.
                  When they do, run in the pickup to warm up, before trying again.

                  Then, at -20, I would not know, the coldest we have been here was -10, I think.

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                  • #10
                    Nope not Canada's fault.... for the past couple of days it's been in the high 40's, no snow, and we are still riding outside which is very unusual for us in Dec. It's supposed to be about freezing for the next few days and still no snow!

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                    • #11
                      actually I think you have yourselves to blame - that's what you get for buying Alaska.

                      -1 celsius today - that would be about 33 F - I haven't even plugged in the heaters yet - which is a good thing because one horse keeps going into the tubs and breaking them.

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                      • #12
                        I concur! It's not our fault. We have had above average temps, and still no snow! I have heard that it will be -7 tonight (20F), so I'll need to blow out my water line tonight after I fill the outdoor trough.

                        I've still got pasture-the horses really don't spend a whole lot of time at the hay feeders.
                        What you allow is what will continue.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by prodomus View Post
                          actually I think you have yourselves to blame - that's what you get for buying Alaska.

                          -1 celsius today - that would be about 33 F - I haven't even plugged in the heaters yet - which is a good thing because one horse keeps going into the tubs and breaking them.
                          I'm loving not having to haul hoses into the house so they don't freeze! This weekend last year we had 3 feet for snow!

                          The one downside to this is all the mud I now have on the property. I am *almost* asking for snow (just a few inches) to cover up the icky mud...
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                          • #14
                            Well, 24 degrees this morning because the wind died down out of Eastern WA. Balmy! Of course, now it is expected to get really windy again. And some snow should fall. Hopefully, we won't have a repeat of last year's blizzard conditions right at Christmas--white Christmas is now a dirty word in our household! 8 foot high drifts blocking our entire 1000 foot long driveway and no water is not what I call festive!

                            Horses have their big blankies on, chickens have extra bedding on the floor, dogs are tucked inside and I have the heated water buckets on standby.
                            Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!

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                            • #15
                              It's Alaska's fault!!! The jet stream takes an abrupt zorch south from mid Alaska and goes straight south down the continental divide. I am suffering with cold, white crap and nasty winds. it's -23°C (close to -10°F) but no wind for a change.
                              Founder of the Dyslexic Clique. Dyslexics of the world - UNTIE!!

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Carrera View Post
                                I'm loving not having to haul hoses into the house so they don't freeze! This weekend last year we had 3 feet for snow!

                                The one downside to this is all the mud I now have on the property. I am *almost* asking for snow (just a few inches) to cover up the icky mud...
                                Off topic - how is your new horse doing?

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by sk_pacer View Post
                                  It's Alaska's fault!!! The jet stream takes an abrupt zorch south from mid Alaska and goes straight south down the continental divide. I am suffering with cold, white crap and nasty winds. it's -23°C (close to -10°F) but no wind for a change.
                                  Wh-a-a-t??? Say it ain't so, we almost always get what you get. We have minimal white crap and it is a mere -10 celsius. I actually saw someone wearing shorts yesterday (that is a bit much, even for me, the Ice Queen).

                                  Tell ya what sk_pacer, I'll make you deal. You keep your cold weather and I will spare you the COUNTING jokes!

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Mozart View Post

                                    Tell ya what sk_pacer, I'll make you deal. You keep your cold weather and I will spare you the COUNTING jokes!
                                    Ouch! Low blow

                                    Major winter storm in AB right now, not that cold yet, but supposed to drop steadily and then stay very very cold.

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                                    • #19
                                      Not sure where it's coming from then--Alaska is warmer than Montana/Idaho/EOregon/EWashington today. My guess is this is a cold high pressure system from interior AK and Yukon areas sliding down along the Rockies and funneling into W.WA and OR through the Columbia Gorge.

                                      All I know is: it is December, and it is getting cold! Not unusual in the least, just a cause to bundle up and beyotch about it.
                                      Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!

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                                      • #20
                                        Mozart - It's coming your way!!! Problem with where I live is the cold funnels down the Moose Jaw River (it ain't really a river here but they say it is) amd I live close enough to it to get the much colder air than stations other than Moose Jaw report.

                                        KitKat987 - and I am hoping that storm stays north, I got enough white crap already and no way of removing it. I just KNEW when the dealership picked up the tractor for Greenlight Inspection, it would get nasty.
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