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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-



Ok, maybe that is an exaggeration. It doesn't feel far off, though!

We had a pretty exciting snow day at our house! This morning when checking my email I got a message that my book was live and on sale on Amazon! I had thought this was going to happen on Thursday so needless to say I was super excited to find out that it had happened earlier than anticipated. If you would like to order you can find it on Amazon by clicking on the link below. If you do order we would love to have you leave a review on Amazon after you read it!

On to the rest of our snow day...

Grace's breeding heifer for this year.

This morning we made sure all of the animals were tucked in and happy.

I love this pig! What do you think she is thinking? Any caption ideas?

The girls made several batches of slime, made their own lunch in the air fryer (they were hungry and I was working on scheduling author visits), and played with Grace's new cat. Thank you, air fryer, for making lunch easy.

This evening we ventured back out to check on everyone again.

Baby Mouse is doing great!

My chore helper did a lot more playing than helping, but she is pretty cute so I let her get by with it. 😉

What did you do on your snow day? Be honest, do you let your kids make slime? We had a ban for a long time, but now they are back to doing it again. How much snow did you get at your house?

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