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For a limited time only: Short People on Ice! 
9th-Dec-2014 06:38 am
Goldie pbhttt
I woke up this morning to that distinctive hiss of sleet against the window. The radio announcer was starting into the litany of accidents in the northwest of the broadcast area (just north of me).

The side stairs were iffy, so I went through the front door to go to the barn. I did my goat chores very, very carefully. The ice crusting the water pump was about the thickness of an orange peel, which is plenty thick enough to provide a skating surface for a car. Fortunately, with the temperature just at freezing, the ice wasn't strong enough to stop me from busting through it for water. The back goats (and llama) will need more hay today, but at least everyone has had breakfast.

Blessings on the technology age which allows me to telework. I can be safe and not feel guilty about it.

ETA: The dog is not in favor of the ice, either. She lost traction and went down the front steps on her rear end. Even at 8:30 this morning, it's 31 degrees and raining. That's not a good combination.
9th-Dec-2014 02:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Monkey went out, peed, came in, ate, and went back to sleep. He's hoping that when he wakes up it's less gross out.
9th-Dec-2014 03:09 pm (UTC)
Cleo was at daycare yesterday, so today is nap-day in any case. I'm hoping that the ice has broken up a little by the time I need to put out hay at lunchtime. My against-the-window thermometer says 33 degrees, so I have a chance.

... At least the trees are pretty.
9th-Dec-2014 04:03 pm (UTC)
Apparently I have the stupid dog, or 8 mos old puppies are just ridiculous, because Chloe has been in and out all morning.

She comes in wet and shivery to snuggle up on me (yuck! :) ) and then when she's dry and rested runs right back outside. Thank goodness she can go out by herself!
9th-Dec-2014 04:23 pm (UTC)
I think that is just puppy behavior. Bored! Outside! Cold! Inside! Warm and bored again!

Cleo was at Dogtopia yesterday, so got about 10 hours of playing with 15 other dogs. She's willing to chill today.
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9th-Dec-2014 06:14 pm (UTC)
The kinda-funny-afterwards was going out at noon to put out hay. Whoop-splat in the mud rather than ice. Hey, at least I'm home to do laundry.
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