No pictures today! Too damn cold! For the second night in a row, the temperatures plummeted below single digits. When I awoke at 5 this morning, the thermometer showed -10 degrees, and it dropped another degree and a half the next half hour. My cold-meter is how long Bernice stays out. She did her business in record time and was bounding back up the steps to the door in under 3 minutes. We don't count Scrappy because he wimps out if the temps drop below 40.
When I kicked open the coop door this morning (ice dam), the Pearlies came streaming out, stopped and wondered what fresh Hell I had led them into today. They immediately went back in, trampling the hens in the process. I am sure the chickens are looking forward to Spring with renewed vigor - the Pearlies will be outside, instead of in.
Trotting into the master bath to get my shower going, I found...no cold water. Frozen pipes. The hot water pipes ran, the kitchen water ran, but no sink or tub. Plan B. Cold water splashed on face and cool/rad/neato spiky hairstyle for work. Thank goodness no one pays any attention to me. I stopped and picked up a small room space heater so that I don't have to repeat this experience. It is odd, however, that this is happening at all. I've gone through colder periods with no problems. My thoughts (dark as they are...) is that the upsurge in the rodent population may have inflicted itself on my insulation on that end of the house, baring the pipes. Little buggers. I am NOT crawling over there until well into the Spring - at which time I will either re-insulate or wrap the pipes with a heating tape that I can connect up into the bathroom.
Luckily, the weather has hit its nadir and will be heading in the right (upward) direction starting today. Good thing, since I am due to go get a load of hay with my farmer this weekend. Break out the Carharts!! Wintah has arrived!!!