But then there is my "problem child " the waterer by the barn, it is old and the thermostat is funky (has been changed but still) it heats the water too warm and tends to over time melt t he fittings . I have a brass float ball in it which helps, but apparently it overheated again and caused a slow leak, the water trickles down and then when the weather turns really cold, bam! frozen solid. At least I presume that is what happened. I have been keeping a close eye on it and had not noticed a leak, but this morning when I checked it was frozen and there was water inside the base (so if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck...)
So while I did try to convince my friend Deb, that I was going to just let the critters go without and she should call her coworkers at the SPCA to rat me out , truth is , thats not who I am . I started packing pails of water to fill a tank(for the critters affected as it was too cold to run a hose 30 + pails later everyone seemed satisfied for the moment , and I jumped in the shower to head for the city for a meeting. While in town I grabbed a couple of these X hoses the link goes to an ad that includes a video. Thinking that in the later warmer part of the day, I could fill a big tank and save packing pails . The good news is the X hose works a treat! Just as advertised and LIGHT!! Which is wonderful because after carrying all those pails, and dragging the tank to the back of the barn I was/am whupped! can barely lift a coffee cup!
I also shop vac`ed the water out of the base of the waterer and had my blow dryer in there most of the day ,but no success yet.It is supposed to be warmer on the weekend so hopefully we will get it fixed.Meanwhile the critters all have water , and I have wine so life is good !
Also noticed while doing the rest of my chores we have a few uninvited guests again.
They weren't actually eating the hay, but ...
Time for Skeeter , deer dog extraordinaire to start his rounds! He takes chasing the deer away from the feed very seriously and as soon as he saw them from the truck he was bouncing and singing his little squeaky " Let me at 'em" song.
That's it for me for now , I am DONE today
As always my friends, stay safe and warm!