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The weather people are threatening us with a slight warm up... warm enough to guarantee ice. :barnie
No!!
No, no, NO!!!!

no eggs but I didn't expect any with the cold.
I don't expect any this time of year either other than from the 6 pullets. Only 4 of them are laying, the Ameraucanas are not. BUT I've got several older girls laying! They never lay until end of February. I wonder if there is some "hey they are laying" hormones going on or something.

COLD, COLD, COLD! FRIGID. Chores were hard for me and animals. Snow tonight. Amount??? Any is too much. We are staying in 20s, probably...just barely, it's 25 now and dropping.
Gee, my family would be really happy if the temp rose to the 20's! It was -19°F this morning. Supposed to make it to 18 tomorrow but back down to a low of -7 Monday morning. Might make it to mid 20s Tuesday but -10 Thursday morning. I think it must be winter!
 

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Well, 29 air temp was the best it did, but in the sun it wasn't bad and there was no breeze/wind today so really halfway decent. It hit closer to the 38 that the recorder had in the sun I am sure. Took water out and believe it or not, the water hadn't frozen so solid in the waterer.... and the inside temps were pretty decent so it had thawed it a little. I only took a 1/2 gal out for the 7 hens and they weren't running to get some to drink like the evening before... If it warms up tomorrow like they say then they should be good for water not freezing for a few days again. Got 2 eggs too.

Have a scratchy throat again and a cough from this cotton pickin' sinus drainage.... not been doing so awful much today. Had oatmeal for breakfast, egg salad sandwich for lunch. Thinking a soup and maybe grilled cheese for supper?
Yep, I am like @Mini Horses more and more... older I get, colder I get... and not wanting to have to go out to work when I am "outside" in colder conditions in the barns. Got some farms it isn't so bad, but some that do not run heat and they are getting insufferable to me.
 

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I had sinus problems yesterday, too. Chills all day. Going out into the cold sure didn't help but, a couple over counter pills got things clearing. Then sat on couch under blankets all day, all hunched up. Turned on the heated mattress pad and went to bed at 8. Had felt sleepy all day anyhow. Now I'm up too early. Sinuses feel ok but I believe every muscle in my body is tight. 🤨 Coffee and then stretches to limber up.

They said might get into upper single digits here last night but, it's 21 on my gauge now so don't think we got there. Had to bust an inch or two of ice on big tubs yesterday. I had filled everything prior to storm knowing I could do that and still have water for the animals. Couple with smaller containers needed warm water, too thick to break I need to put a couple plug in buckets plugged in for them. Duh! 🤫. Maybe today since I'm thinking I feel better. Slight headache, so take something for that in a few.

Ended up being way less snow than projected a week ago. What we got was fairly dry and fluffy. My road is clear and all mains. The in town areas were worse with traffic and bridges. Several businesses closed, car lots, etc, colleges, only essential personnel at military bases. Very few power outages. All in all, things should be pretty normal Monday. Still, I don't want more😁. Pretty sure it'll be cold all week, so miserable in my book! No wind would be helpful.

Yes -- it's winter! 😰💨❄️
 

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Tremendous headache again, and sinus. Taking Guaifenesin so that the coughs are less and blowing nose more. No body aches or anything though.... So, took some stuff for the headache and just ate the other half of the soup I made last night.

Was only down to 19 last night and 35 now... it was sunnier earlier but now mostly cloudy. Daytime temps supposed to get up in the low 40's and then warmer and sun for the next couple of days. That'll work.

Got the dishes done, but not alot of energy for much else. I did run the vacuum some and did some general "house pick up ".... might go putter in the kitchen a little bit once the headache eases off... thinking that a movie would be a nice quiet thing for the afternoon....

Our snow is not leaving very fast after it turned so cold. There is a hard crust on the top so makes walking a little tricky. It shrunk with the couple warm days last week, but then stopped when we got those cold temps.... Hoping for more sun tomorrow.
 

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Cold is relative to what we are used to. 🙄
VERY TRUE!!!!! 15F when I went out to do afternoon chicken and alpaca snacking. Felt balmy compared to yesterday. Carhartt work coat, hat and insulated gloves more than fine. Yesterday it was insulated Carhartt coveralls, hat and mittens. Thumbs still got cold.

Unlike Jan, I'm not out in the cold very long unless I'm blowing snow. The animal chores don't take more than 20 minutes then back to the house. Or pulling snow off the solar panels, again not a lot of time needed. So while I joke with y'all about being cold sissys, I'm one too :)
 

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I had sinus problems yesterday, too. Chills all day.
Have a scratchy throat again and a cough from this cotton pickin' sinus drainage....
Tremendous headache again, and sinus. Taking Guaifenesin so that the coughs are less and blowing nose more.
That is how everything started here in the Plague House! Sore throat first, then chills, fever and heavy coughing. Everyone had different combination of symptoms and varying degrees of illness.

Just watch out for the fever and chills together. Then you better just go to bed and wait it out. Everyone here is recovering. DS2 and DDIL2 had another Rapidtest and are now negative. DD2 texted she is now positive. DD1 is hassling DH and I to get tested. WHY? We are on the mend. DH did say he might go to VA for a test next week.

I hate the cold but at least you can put on heavier layers. So glad our new place in Texas has a fireplace for emergency heating. I will add a propane tank for a generator, and emergency cooking when we move back.
 

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I hate the cold but at least you can put on heavier layers. So glad our new place in Texas has a fireplace for emergency heating. I will add a propane tank for a generator, and emergency cooking when we move back.
Yep, something that wasn't possible in So. Cal.. Even if you were allowed to walk around naked, 115°F is painfully hot. Never had A/C in the house we grew up in, just suffered those hot days.

Regarding the fireplace .... get the chimney checked then buy an insert with outside air feeding it. Fireplaces on the whole are heat losers, not heat producers.
 
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