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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?

We are surviving! We are in lots of layers, but we are surviving. Tonight when I went out to do chores I wore Under Armor long underwear, flannel lined Carhartt jeans, Charhartt bibs, a Carhartt coat, neck and face cover, stocking cap, Thinsulate work gloves, cotton gloves underneath and Muck boots. 🙂

Just like clockwork on her due date our heifer went into labor. (What first time mom doesn't dream of going on her due date?) We are so blessed that my parents allowed us to move the heifers into their horse barn for this cold snap. We have a barn, but nothing that would keep them as warm as the horse barn.

I noticed yesterday afternoon that the heifer was acting just a little "off." Yesterday evening we started cleaning out the stalls and getting them some fresh bedding. Within moments of throwing just a little clean straw in her pen she laid down. I knew right away that she was going to be calving because that is just not her normal personality. We finished bedding and went into eat supper. We started to see feet around 9:00, but she was working real hard to get the calf delivered. Around 10:30 we made the decision that she needed just a little assistance. She was one very tired momma, but out came a healthy bull calf that has a beautiful blaze on his face.

We decided to name this little bull calf, Chilly Willy. We thought that was the perfect name to a baby born during this Polar Vortex. He was up this morning nursing like a champ!

It is getting colder and colder by the minute here in the Midwest and I ask that you continue to pray for those out in the elements. I just read a bit ago that the United States Postal Service is suspending delivery in many areas and read another funny meme that Iowa is closed. HA HA

The girls did get 14 minutes of snow play time in yesterday. 14 minutes? Exactly 14, I timed them because I didn't think they would last long. 🙂

And in all of the grumbles of the cold and yucky weather, we get blessed with a reminder of just how beautiful nature is with the sun dogs in the picture above. This photo doesn't do justice for what they really looked like in person (even though it was -17* when I took the photo.)

Stay warm friends, it sounds like the worst of it is coming tomorrow! How do you plan to keep warm? Do you have to report to your regularly scheduled work day?

From The Gravel Road-

Jen

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