I asked this of the busy kitchen after dinner last night. No-one had an answer of course. It is not cold like real cold is but I am sitting writing to you in August on the prairies with a sweatshirt on, thinking about socks. It is 52F /11C . Not warm. And the middle of August which is the hottest month here. The sleeping is good though and with a breeze things will dry out without festering.
I am finally getting tired though. I thought since the rescue piglets are getting bigger (14 days old now I think) I might take them to four hourly feeds through the night but it was so cold last night that it was obvious that they would need that warm milk in their bellies so I stayed with the every three hours.
The piglets hear me open the door, come out of their house barking, have a pee then a big drink then back to bed where it is warm then I scoop up the ones with walking difficulties, they do the race track a few times, have a pee, a drink then they too are sent back into bed. The whole episode takes about thirty minutes each time.
Molly’s piglets spend all their time in their garden so sometimes Milly can sneak up to the barn and have a few minutes almost alone. Look at the size of her babies. They will be fine to wean early.
With all the franticness and the gathering tiredness I took my eye off the ball and last night Lady Astor presented with mastitis. After an extra long milking session I was able to hand milk it all out but we will see how that is this morning. Well, you know the drill, I will milk her three or four times a day for a few days . Then go to the antibiotics inserted into the quarter if that has not sorted it. Poor old girl. I have been testing Aunty the last few days and I missed this developing. This is not like me – I am fastidious about mastitis.
I hope you have a lovely day.
Well, Celi Gunther, it hardly takes a rocket scientist to know why you feel cold. Anyone as tired as you must be DOES feel cold. And 11 C IS cold . . . we are at tail end of winter and the news told us we had had the coldest day in three months at 16 C, if you please – I have two heaters on and a winter nightie: sookie, I know! Never mind us having a ‘lovely day’ – you have a couple of people helping, so what about you having one with perhaps a long nap some time in the afternoon, pretty please!!
Our mornings are still chilly at 9deg C but our days are getting up to 23C … roll on summer. We of course now have gale force winds to deal with but hopefully some rain later on in the summer this year. Molly sure has done a fine job with her babies, sorry about Lady A. Hope it all clears up quickly. Laura
I know, imagine being cold in August! I dug out my flannel nightgown instead of cotton T-shirt to read your post and drink my coffee this morning! So sad to hear about the mastitis. Hopefully it will be cleared up quickly. We’ve been super lucky with milking our goats that none of them has developed it. I love the picture of the barn with the metal monster and all the hay stacked up! We are having difficulty finding square bales to buy to feed the goats. It seems that most folks around here use the large round bales for their cattle and horses.
Your animals are so lucky to have you!!! Hope you feel warmer soon after some more nights of good sleep! Cheers from Ohio, Johanna
Wishing you stamina, continued success with the piggies, and quick recovery of Lady A’s mastitis. If I was an animal I would want to live on your Farmy. ❤
Every three hours through the night is draining, but I am so glad that the littles are doing so well. It gets tougher and tougher to pull those nighttime duties as we age! We are finally having a good rain here in coastal, drought-ridden Maine.
You really are the mother pig – those piglets love you! Poor Lady Astor 🙂
Is there anyone else who might be able to take even one of your night watches. Your health is at risk and you may have to consider the wee piggies or a farmer, hence the farmy out of commission. I am sounding like a mother hen, but C you know continued lack of sleep is a killer.
The waning days of August sometimes bring a taste of fall into the air as a brief reminder of what is to come. But never fear, the heat of the sun has not been banished, just tamed for a bit.
It is COLD here too at night…… Where we are usually in the upper 70’s and low 80’s at night in August – we have got down in the 60’s – which feels cold and WET…
So glad Pat is there. You are exhausted so please just move forward and don’t beat yourself up. Lady A will recover as now you are on top of it. Maybe Pat or your woofer can help with one of the night feeds? Or each take 1 – that would free you up a couple of time for SLEEP! You need sleep.
I only had to read half way through your post and I knew why you were cold…because you are run down..you are doing too much and we all know that with you everything must be absolutely right…except yourself! You seem to be the last one on your 'care' list…. I know that these things must be done and you have worked so hard with the rescue piglets, up all hours of the day and night…even though it may take only 30 minutes..your brain is always awake , either as an alarm or working schedule…You are well and truly in need of a holiday and the sooner the better….I will pray for you and I send my love
Sent: Monday, August 22, 2016 at 2:16 PM
Oh goodness, take some of our heat! We escaped to the beach for the weekend because of a run of record-breaking heat–three days over 100. (It usually gets hot like that here in July.) And, as the others have said, I think you’re cold because you’re tired! You’re amazing.
Nick comes from New York and he said the temps there were horrendous.. c
We had a 21 degree temperature change in one day.. One day you are too hot then next day cold. And when exhausted, as you are, cold will hit harder. Heat takes the energy away, cold curls you up. We will have 75 today, Wed, Thurs, Fri. mid 90’s again. Then cooler. It’s no wonder we are all having a hard time keeping our balance with life. I’m grateful for the cool but the garden is sluggish from the constant change. I hope things level out for you soon and the rescue piglets get their footing.
The piglets are not the only ones who need something warm in their bellies. I know a Celi who needs some hot food inside her too, and a full night’s sleep or seven… It’s hard on Lady A that you missed the mastitis, but not at all surprising; even you cannot be everywhere and focusing on everything at once, and the most adept juggler will occasionally drop a ball. I know it’s easy for the rest of us to chorus “you’re going to make yourself ill if you keep this up”, but these comments come from a place of deep concern. From outside of the Farmy, we can see that you are slowly driving yourself into the ground. Can you ask Pat or Nick to take a turn with the night feeds once or twice, just so it’s not you every day, every night, every time?
I would never ask anyone else to get up in the night like that – I need them bright eyed for the day chores. On fact I am used to it now and don’t feel too tired at all. c
pffffffffffftttttttttttttt…… That is an electronic raspberry to you Miss C! you are tired…… We read it between the lines. Love and hugs.
Well, everything is relative. Going through the winters we have up in the northern half of the northern hemisphere, 52 f. degrees is chilly, especially in mid-August. However I would concur with others here who have suggested that you’re cold (instead of chilly) because you are bone-tired and you really do need to remedy that before you get ill too. Trying to operate at that level of exhaustion is tricky because your immune system gets compromised and goodness only knows what you could end up fighting, this time for your own health. Two weeks steady of round the clock care should be enough for those wee guys and if it’s not — well?
I hope you take siesta time today to have a snooze yourself. Sounds like you need it. ~ Mame 🙂
I felt your overwhelming tiredness and mental weariness as I read this. Maybe it is because I’m weary myself from summer work and chores overload. Yet I know you’ll forge on and do all that you have to do. It’s what we’re made of, like it or not. I find myself liking it less and less as I get older. And perhaps this is how it needs to be for those of us who push on despite knowing what it is we should do. When other lives depend on us, we do not stop to think of ourselves.
Sending you warm hugs and hoping that you get a good nights sleep soon .
Sometimes you do everything right and things go wrong. At least she’s not hot while she aches.
Sorry about Lady Astor I hope she is clear soon. Look after yourself.
Sweet Molly mother. Adore your photos.
“… took my eye off the ball …”are you kidding me? You’ve kept more balls in the air than anyone I know! There are only so many hours in day, Celi, and I’d need all of them to accomplish what you do before breakfast. I’m glad you’ve got some good help and hope the piglets graduate to a 4 hour feeding schedule very soon. As for feeling cold, I, too, felt a chill yesterday morning for the first time since last spring. It quickly passed but it sure felt good. Not good enough to want its return or for it to linger but still good. 🙂
Hi guys! Pat here, just wanted to share what is going on with me here on the Farmy. I’ve been put in charge of breakfast and chicken feeding, I’ve been washing dishes as fast as they come in and get to spend time with all yours and my favorite animals. Just trying to give Celi a break on some of her chores. Hopefully I’ll be able to share more of my experiences with you as the week progresses.
so glad you are there to help- if I lived closer I would be there too. Big hugs!
Brava, Pat, brava! Offering help when help is needed is wonderful, but volunteering to do kitchen chores is downright heroic in my book!!
Thanks, Pat! You are doing what many of us wish we could do. Good to know you’ve got Celi’s back.
Please DO share and DO try to boss her around a bit to get some rest . . . and ‘thank you’ from all of us who would like to help and can’t!!
You’re a star, Pat. I admire you. I know you’re making a big difference. ~ Mame 🙂
being tired and tending to the little piggies and mastitis will make anyone cold- bless you for all your had work.
I’m with Chicago John and virtually everyone else on this: you need to, somehow, take care of yourself in the midst of all this. Flying metaphor: give oxygen to yourself first, otherwise you won’t be able to help the wee ones. I know you know what you’re doing and that you will inevitably do what suits you (I think we all know how strong-willed you are, by now)…we just worry about you and your weary head and your cold feet. x
11 C isn’t warm… a dip into the cooler zones. Glad you have some help ♡
Just what I was thinking Dale! It is 10 here in Alice this morning and I have the heater on and my long sleeved shirt!
Sadly similar here too… 10.9 degrees and gale force winds in Exmouth, WA. It’s several degrees warmer at home 🌬
We have a cool, dry front here, too. I am so happy. It has been miserable here!
It is a lovely change.. c
Just want to say how much I’m loving following your blog – and how impressed I am that, tired and busy as you are, you find time to write something every day, and take those wonderful pictures. My husband and I have what might best be described as an aspirational farmlet … Five acres, some cattle and chickens, a veggie garden where the weeds rule, and for various reasons we’ve been struggling. In particular, I have been struggling – haven’t been much use for anything for a while now! I read your short post each day and I think, “Ok, that’s how it’s done – I can do that. Some of it, anyway, and day by day of doing some I can build up to more.” Thank you!
I often think that without the struggle and recognising that we are struggling we are not fully conscious. And I so agree that adding a little onto each success is the best way to go – not taking too big a bite. I hope things go well for you.. c
Tired bodies are cold bodies so you may need to slow down a little. I know that sentence will fall on deaf ears! 😊. Mastitis…..I don’t think you dropped the ball….now that you know you can work on getting rid of it….it happens….don’t beat yourself up over it….that won’t do anyone any good. I think most times the bar of excellence you set for yourself is pretty high….too high! You wear yourself out trying to achieve it…..but that is how you roll. If you need anything call me.
I need some of your noodles! let me know if you need eggs next time you make them – I love your nodoles. c
I will make you some!
You have probably been tired before now but can only let yourself feel it when others are there to help carry the work load. Otherwise we just have to keep on keeping on and somehow manage through it. So grateful that you have some help now and hoping good results are right around the corner. You rock!
Good insight, I was thinking similar… xx
I thought I had it bad with my baby feeding every two hours during the night, but I can do that from the warmth of my bed. You are truly dedicated. At least you know it’s not forever and you are saving those gorgeous little lives.
And you are managing just fine – so will I. Not to worry.
Sending warm hugs.
Glad the little piggies are still doing OK. What has happened to Tahiti? Has she been banished to the outer Farmy? I know you said you weren’t going to keep her, but maybe I missed her being sold?
She is still here – in a pen next to one of the plonkers, when Molly weans her babies Tahiti will be her companion pig for a while. c
That first image is fabulous – like a paintitng (Edward Hopper? He used colors like in those first 2 pictures)
Cold winter ahead? What are you dog’s coats like? (We’re still roasting here – dog and cat shedding like crazy though.)
I heard talk of a bad winter – did you hear that? My lot still have good coats but the pigs are BARE
Just looking at possible signs – like fronts actually making it to the gulf. No cool air, only storms, but pretty unusual any front makes it to the coast in August. Say a flock of white egrets overnighting in a favorite migration resting spot – and they moved on south. They could be bird brained but keeping an eye out.
Celi, I love that last photograph! This is a busy time of year, but I have faith in you to see it all through.
It got chilly at the cottage the other night and I had to bundle up. I think our bodies need time to acclimatize to the cooler temperatures and initially we feel cold. Those same temperatures after a winter would feel very warm to us.