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Spicoli43

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Trying to stay warm. Power stayed on thus far but it snowed last night. Got about 2 inches of snow. Entire parish is shut down. Official "stay home" order, all businesses closed. Supposed to get colder tonight (they think 9 degrees). Cows were OK in the barn last night. Hope it doesn't actually get that cold. Cats knocked something over in mom's room last week that uncovered an unopened electric blanket that was meant for my brother but mom forgot to give it to him. I gave it to him so he's happily curled up under it. He has my heating pads too. I'm about to get 1 of them back from him.
Found a space heater on my brother's bedroom floor under some junk. It still works so I set it up for the kittens in the front room. They are enjoying the warmth.
Best friend told me his pipes froze & his oven is having trouble heating up- he's trying to cook something in it & he said it took 30min to get up to 300.
When stuff opens back up I will have to get him some stuff to wrap his pex pipes to keep them warm. Hopefully they won't burst.
I feel sorry for the people who lost power in this mess. Cats are piled on me keeping me warm at least.
Mom had her first dose of vaccine last week and only had mild feeling of cruddiness for a day and a half and is better now.

I need to heighten the priority of getting a better shelter for the cows so they can have someplace cool in summer and warm in winter.

Hope everyone else is staying warm.
It's above Zero today, real bizarre. February is usually in the negative most of the month. Since cows don't have fur, what do you do for them?
 

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Spicoli, cows do have fur. In fact, mine have their winter coats in. It's not like a buffalo, but it's thicker than in summer. I put a stall mat over the mud going in to the barn so they would feel better about going in there. Last night they stayed in the barn on the side that is still intact. It protected them from wind and snow & they had each other for warmth. But I do worry about them. It's hard to find people who will repair barns or install new ones out here though. We've been trying for awhile & each time we get stood up. Person who is supposed to come out no-shows. Good thing we never paid up front.

My yard this morning:
Front
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Back
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There was too much ice on the porch for me to go out too far.
 

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Wow, I thought they were bald. How many do you have? How often does Winter happen for you?

I see the State is supposed to be back to normal next week..
 

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We got 7 inches of snow. When the actual temp hit -13, power went out for 2 1/2 hours.
 

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Weatherman been trying to hit us with subzero temp for a couple of weeks here in N.W. Ohio, but they keep moving that day further away... until today... they're still claiming it will happen tonight... hope they're wrong again... starting Sunday they're saying low will barely get down to freezing...
Many years we're -20 in late January, but this year it was in the 40's...
 

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Pipes froze last night despite having faucets dripping. I turned off the water heater and power to the well shed in case it tried to run & there was a leak when things thaw out. Didn't want the water heater heating nothing & burning up.

Cows were out standing in the sun. I took some videos. Internet sucks too much to upload them. I'll have to upload some screenshots later.

Spicoli, I only have two cows. They are pets. The older one was a gift from the vet (he needed someone to take care of her bc she was too dumb to know how to nurse). I bottlefed her until she was a little past weening age. A few years later a neighbor's bull broke the fence to get to her & she had his baby. It takes more feed, but she now has company all the time. They adore each other. Before the baby she would follow me around like a puppy and holler for me when I was inside. She still follows me around a bit, but not nearly as much and she is content to snuggle with her daughter. They've been keeping each other warm on these cold nights. Winter has been occurring more often the past few years. Since the 80s, it only got below 32 a handful of times until the past I'd say 6 or 7 years. Keeps getting colder every year.

I'm a bit worried about my outside AC unit because it's making horrible noises.

It didn't snow again yet, but the snow hasn't melted yet-- which is unusual. We've never had the snow last more than a day before. It used to snow once every 20 years. Last few years it has snowed at least once but not more than twice during winter. It's supposed to snow again on Thursday.

Stuff is still shut down. We're out of milk. My brother needs to pick up prescriptions, and the roads are still iced up. I don't have snow tires so I'm hoping the ice/snow will melt enough for me to get to the store. I will have to go get some ice from outside to refill some of the buckets in the bathroom so we can flush the toilet when it melts.

Right now i'm trying to stay warm. having to fight the cats for my heating pad to keep my feet warm. They are not happy about staying inside but they hate the cold. One of my cats followed me while I was surveying the yard. Poor thing was walking with her tail straight up & puffed out, her back slightly arched, and fur sticking up. She really was not happy about the cold but she wanted to be near me. I picked her up and carried her inside. I need to figure out how to do video edits on the videos on my phone so I can try to upload the short clip of one of the cows mooing at me.

Speaking of cows, I still remember an argument on the internet where some know-it-all called me a "moron" for saying female cows have horns & the guy explained to me that only bulls have horns. He got piled on pretty hard by other people-- especially after I posted pictures of my female cow with horns. LOL.
 

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Weatherman finally correct and we went below zero last night to -8, supposed to start warming back up now, above freezing for highs starting Sunday... got about 8" of snow yesterday plus about 2" we had...
 

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Pipes froze last night despite having faucets dripping. I turned off the water heater and power to the well shed in case it tried to run & there was a leak when things thaw out. Didn't want the water heater heating nothing & burning up.

Cows were out standing in the sun. I took some videos. Internet sucks too much to upload them. I'll have to upload some screenshots later.

Spicoli, I only have two cows. They are pets. The older one was a gift from the vet (he needed someone to take care of her bc she was too dumb to know how to nurse). I bottlefed her until she was a little past weening age. A few years later a neighbor's bull broke the fence to get to her & she had his baby. It takes more feed, but she now has company all the time. They adore each other. Before the baby she would follow me around like a puppy and holler for me when I was inside. She still follows me around a bit, but not nearly as much and she is content to snuggle with her daughter. They've been keeping each other warm on these cold nights. Winter has been occurring more often the past few years. Since the 80s, it only got below 32 a handful of times until the past I'd say 6 or 7 years. Keeps getting colder every year.

I'm a bit worried about my outside AC unit because it's making horrible noises.

It didn't snow again yet, but the snow hasn't melted yet-- which is unusual. We've never had the snow last more than a day before. It used to snow once every 20 years. Last few years it has snowed at least once but not more than twice during winter. It's supposed to snow again on Thursday.

Stuff is still shut down. We're out of milk. My brother needs to pick up prescriptions, and the roads are still iced up. I don't have snow tires so I'm hoping the ice/snow will melt enough for me to get to the store. I will have to go get some ice from outside to refill some of the buckets in the bathroom so we can flush the toilet when it melts.

Right now i'm trying to stay warm. having to fight the cats for my heating pad to keep my feet warm. They are not happy about staying inside but they hate the cold. One of my cats followed me while I was surveying the yard. Poor thing was walking with her tail straight up & puffed out, her back slightly arched, and fur sticking up. She really was not happy about the cold but she wanted to be near me. I picked her up and carried her inside. I need to figure out how to do video edits on the videos on my phone so I can try to upload the short clip of one of the cows mooing at me.

Speaking of cows, I still remember an argument on the internet where some know-it-all called me a "moron" for saying female cows have horns & the guy explained to me that only bulls have horns. He got piled on pretty hard by other people-- especially after I posted pictures of my female cow with horns. LOL.
Didn't know Cows had horns either. Got up close to a Bull once, know they do.
 

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Female deer usually don't have horns/antlers... cows are different... horns also different from antlers...
 

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I remember learning from a nature documentary there are like a dozen different species of giraffes and one way you can tell some of the species apart is by how many horns they have. Depending on what species they are, giraffes can have anywhere from zero horns to something like 5 or 7 -- I remember being struck that it was an odd number; it's because they can have one horn in the middle of their heads in addition to on the sides. It doesn't sound particularly mammalian but there it is.
 

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I remember learning from a nature documentary there are like a dozen different species of giraffes and one way you can tell some of the species apart is by how many horns they have. Depending on what species they are, giraffes can have anywhere from zero horns to something like 5 or 7 -- I remember being struck that it was an odd number; it's because they can have one horn in the middle of their heads in addition to on the sides. It doesn't sound particularly mammalian but there it is.
I think it depends on if they were born where Nuke bomb tests took place.
 

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I think it depends on if they were born where Nuke bomb tests took place.
I know that was a joke but it made me curious whether any African countries have nukes. Apparently none do. I have not looked into whether any have ever tested nukes. I'd guess that if any had, Egypt and South Africa would be most likely. There are giraffes in South Africa, but as far as I can tell from my real quick research they are not native to Egypt.
 

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I know that was a joke but it made me curious whether any African countries have nukes. Apparently none do. I have not looked into whether any have ever tested nukes. I'd guess that if any had, Egypt and South Africa would be most likely. There are giraffes in South Africa, but as far as I can tell from my real quick research they are not native to Egypt.
Not necessarily a joke, and it wouldn't be any of those countries doing the testing.
 

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Last night started at 7 degrees and 20 this morning... hopefully, Tuesday night's -8 F will be the low for the winter and we can head on up to Spring weather/projects now...
 

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Power went out yesterday morning. Still out. Multiple trees down on lines. Town has water shut off and rolling blackouts. Only 1 store open. Got cold sandwiches yesterday. Only thing we ate all day.
It's 28 degrees now.
Not sure how cold it was last night. Cats kept me warm.
Power company is not answering phone.
Slowly charging my phone in the truck.
Signal for Internet is weak.
 

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Power went out yesterday morning. Still out. Multiple trees down on lines. Town has water shut off and rolling blackouts. Only 1 store open. Got cold sandwiches yesterday. Only thing we ate all day.
It's 28 degrees now.
Not sure how cold it was last night. Cats kept me warm.
Power company is not answering phone.
Slowly charging my phone in the truck.
Signal for Internet is weak.
I pray for you and your area. Has Edwards activated the National Guard?
 

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