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My chore helper didn't want to pose for a picture.

I have had a few people reach out and ask how our livestock handled the blizzard conditions the last few days, so thought I would give you an update. We truly prepared the same way we would have for the Polar Vortex. Dry bedding, lots of water, and plenty of feed/hay for them to eat to stay nourished.

They didn't really want to go out and play in the snow.

Livestock are smart and they will do what they need to do when they know a storm is coming, watch cattle in the summer when a big rain or thunderstorm is predicted for that night. They will move to higher ground (most of the time) to keep themselves and their calves safe from flood waters. In this case of these current high winds, they are so smart that they will position their babies on the side of them where they will be the warmest and out of the wind that may be blowing through the cracks of the barn.

Charlotte and her husband, Walter, are safe and snuggled in the straw that blankets their pen in the barn. I did give the wonder pig a little extra feed this morning to spoil her a little extra. 🙂

Charlotte's litter of babies that were born right after Christmas are in a new building where they have plenty of straw to dig down in to stay warm and the building keeps the wind from them.

This piglet did not feel like coming out to play. 🙂

Charlotte's first litter of babies (born in August) are now all at the Elma locker. While it is a little hard to seem them go, it is very rewarding to know that our hard work and the gift Charlotte gave us with her piglets are going to go on to nourish another family. This time we decided to have some of the pork made into bundles (pork chops, sausage, etc.) and inspected to sell. We also sold some 1/2 hogs out of this batch. If you want to purchase some, shoot me an email and we will hook you up!

Were you impacted by the blizzard? If you have animals at home, what do you do to prepare and keep them safe?

From the "blown in, impassable" Gravel Road-

Jen

Well, here we have it. A good, old fashioned blizzard. I think many of us have childhood memories that resemble today's weather.

My favorite memories of big snowstorms include watching my dad use the snowblower to clean out the driveway, sliding off of huge snowdrifts that were as tall as the machine shed and my mom making fried bread.

I ventured out briefly to help Rob get out of a snowdrift.

My husband has similar childhood memories from blizzards. He said having the wood burner going in the basement in his childhood home was one of his favorite memories. (I think his siblings have said something similar recently.)

Today, our girls got a glimpse of what we remember from childhood. I did send them outside for a little bit and explained that they would need to play on the big drifts that were on the south sides of the buildings. They lasted almost 30 minutes (which isn't too bad in this wind.) I welcomed them in the house with fresh chocolate chip cookies and hot chocolate.

Then we declared it a game afternoon! Our current favorite is Quirkle. We love this game because we can all play it. Our girls are eight and eleven and we have been playing it for about two years. So it is a great game for a wide variety of ages. We often play a quick game on school nights as a fun activity, but today we will be able to get a few games in while we take cover in the warm house. 🙂

Do you have a favorite family game that you play at your house? What do you do when you are "snowed in?"

From the Gravel Road-

Jen

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