My new truck with four wheel drive has saved my bacon twice in the last two days. Though I do not start her up often – this vehicle uses a lot of petroleum which is a resource I try not to abuse, (and I believe limiting the pollution released into the atmosphere is a personal responsibility), when the conditions are icy and snowy and dangerous having a big heavy four wheel drive vehicle of my own has enabled me to be independent in the winter.
The cooking oil car does not start in the cold and slides like a skateboard across ice. So the truck is already proving itself to be a good investment in safety.
Now that the real cold is here, we are always aware of slipping on ice. Our footsteps literally change from confident summer strides to short picky movements keeping the center of our bodily gravity directly above our feet. Our heads are dow like beach combers watching the ground for the hidden patches of ice. As we milk the cows any spilt milk or water begins to solidify within seconds and is slick within a minute. I could not sweep and clean the floors last night. They were already frozen solid. I had to scrape them with a shovel and call it good.
The steps, the pathways, the drive – all have a coating of ice so far. Last year I remember we had very little ice, I never even cleaned off the sprig boots.
Our visiting cat returned at exactly the same time in exactly the same place at milking time last night. So I fed him. Seems fair. Maybe he is Author – you never know. Stranger things have happened at sea.
It is 9F/-12C right now. Today we have a high of 23F/-5C, dropping to a low of 3F/-16C with wind (though I am not reporting the windchill temperatures – I find them so depressing). This weekend the weather is going to get even colder – very cold actually (forecasting a low of -10F/-23) – not fun for farm animals or their handlers. However it is only for a few days then we rise back into the 20’s.
Then the sunny weather we are having today will start to feel good!
I hope you have a lovely day.