Greetings from Minnesota. Yesterday morning when I quickly dashed into my car this is the temperature that greeted me.
So today when my car showed -1 degree, I figured it wasn’t that bad! The snow of the past weekend has moved past us, but now we’re experiencing the deep-freeze temperatures below zero we usually don’t get until sometime in January.
I’m not a huge fan of tons of snow because it makes outdoor work so difficult. But… when things start getting covered in white I find it impossible not to hear “It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas” (the Dean Martin version) playing in my head.
We continue to deal with the aftermath of this last weekend’s blizzard at the farm. We’ve moved a lot of our older calves out of hutches into grouped pens and are keeping the new babies indoors for their first weeks, so we thankfully have less calves in hutches than normal. For the hutches we do have, snow itself is proving to be good insulation. When we were shoveling out the front and yards of these hutches, the wind was blowing hard from the Northeast. This meant snow had to be shoveled and tossed back behind the hutch because tossing it forward just meant it blew back in your face – not fun 😦 After we finished shoveling, there was a lot of snow built up!
This may look a bit funky from the back, but all this snow is actually okay because it helps insulate from the cold. Our calves are doing well, and the wind has been fairly calm the last few days which helps too. At our poorly insulated house we use this same trick of snow insulation and shovel extra snow up all around the foundation to try to block drafts.
Even with the snow and cold, I have an outdoor run to report on. Monday at noon I donned 3 top layers and 2 pants layers to get out for a few miles. It was actually fairly pleasant with almost no wind, the sun shining and only a few degrees below zero. I was able to avoid most icy patches, but it took me a little while to acclimate to running on the thick layer of snow. My pace got better as I got more confident with my footing. I’m happy to report that my calf felt fine the whole run, so I think my injury paranoia last week either paid off or was unfounded. Either way, I’m happy I didn’t even feel any worrisome twinges.
Hope that wherever you are, it’s also starting to look and feel like Christmas! What is your favorite Christmas song or carol? Contrary to the title of this post, mine is a toss up between “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” and “Oh Holy Night”