There are a lot of people throughout the country bracing for the bitter cold the next 24 hours is slated to bring. Grocery stores are packed with people stocking up. Schools are already ordered closed for the start of the week. Cars are plugged in. Animals and people we hope are snug in their beds. And where there is livestock, enough feed has been put out to get them through the next couple of days. They need it.
“What are you going to do with your horses,” a colleague of mine asked the other day.
They’ll be fine, I told her. They’ve got a windbreak, some good winter fat on them and a pretty heavy coat of hair. I still worry about them, I tell her. But as long as they’ve got hay (in our case along with some grain) at the ready and shelter if they need, they’ll stay warm and weather these temperatures, just fine .. when they eat, they generate heat.
“Horses are good if they have a windbreak – they can take a tremendous amount of cold,” the Cowboy’s dad says to me tonight as we’re talking about how they might be faring now that the actual temperature gauge in the house shows -18 at this hour in our little corner of southeastern South Dakota.
We’re still checking on them routinely. Hoping everyone facing these temps, in some cases, record breaking lows, gets through the next 24-48 hours unscathed. Stay warm.
School was cancelled for the day today. Tomorrow it’s already called to at least run late.
While we spent most of the day inside ..
.. we did need to get out and get a few things done before the sun went down. Am I ever glad we waited until we did to head out.
I had never heard the term until a few weeks ago, shortly after we made the actual move to South Dakota when there was somewhat of a rainbow and odd glow in the sky one crisp morning. I snapped a few pics and asked the Cowboy to come look at the sky.
“That’s a Sun Dog,” he tells me. “Haven’t you ever seen one?”
I don’t know that I ever had until that moment. I don’t recall ever seeing one anyway, not like this. One of the marvels of living in an area like the Great Plains, is that there are few things obstructing your view. And Mother Nature always seems to be dishing up something incredible.
January 31, 2013
Just as dusk was about to set in, the evening sky flared up tonight. We stopped several times alongside the road to snap some shots. And they were too beautiful to keep to ourselves.