Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Minus What?

Human thought is ever advancing,
ever grappling with and trying to understand the problems of Nature and the universe,
and what I tell you today may be wholly insufficient
and out-of-date tomorrow.
                                         Jawaharlal Nehru


Oh it is very pretty outside that is what I was thinking as I looked out the big window but that old saying you cannot judge a book by its cover comes to mind. The sun slowly makes its way into my morning bringing with it beautiful streaks of colour and warmth. Well not even close to that warmth part. Another beautiful day but this normally can’t wait to get outside and start her day girl would rather climb back into bed and pull the nice warm fluffy white goose down duvet up over her head.

I knew this was going to be another one of those “never know” days as soon as I heard My Hero come back to the front door and open it after leaving to go plug the tractor in before heading to work and shouting “If the tractor does not turn over do not keep trying it, you will kill the battery” I was thinking to myself what the heck does that mean. “The fuel line may be frozen”, my mind started  racing, wondering how I would ever be able to feed the cows; now that was what I was really thinking, it is not like they could pick up the phone and order in hay. “I did pour some more diesel conditioner in the fuel tank”, Good to know, so why are you worrying me, was what I was really thinking. The only words that managed to cross my lips were… OK, I will call you if I have a problem, drive safe. I was really thinking I don’t want there to be a problem, oh please don’t let there be a problem. Darn cold, that was what I was really thinking.


 I am getting a little tired of this bitter cold it is putting a damper on that Christmas spirit thing. The snow is a very welcome sight indeed in my world, because as you know that snowshoe thing is something I need to do. I was thinking if it could warm up let us say to something like -10c I could handle it but this -23c thing is not what I like. I was thinking if I could only sew that nice warm fluffy white goose down duvet on my bed into a fashionable pair of coveralls to pull on over top of those frolicking Monkey Flannels and wear outside in this sunny but very deceiving weather that would be wonderful. Oh that would work I was sure. It may be a bit awkward and the cows may think I look silly but I have to do something. Until I figure out how to do that I will go downstairs and pull on five layers and head outside into the probably colder than my deep freeze weather and hope all goes the way I want.

I dream of warm sunny days in the bush exploring the tracks my creatures of the forest leave behind in the deep snow knowing I will always be following them, and thinking of the snow perched on top of the highest trees and then that brisk wind shaking those trees and knocking cold wet snow on my head, sounds wonderful doesn’t it. I guess you would have to be there to get that one.


I eventually after procrastinating made my way down to the tractor and slowly turned the key, the engine roars and I smile, that is just what I was thinking well at least hoping would happen. I stepped down out of the tractor to let the fluids now racing around inside the cold metal parts of this tractor warm up as I walked around the barnyard taking shots of the beautiful sky. The sun is disappearing, so much for that warmth.

Oh yes this beauty is very deceiving it is freezing out here, I really have to figure out how to turn that warm fluffy white goose down duvet into a pair of coveralls. I know that sounds weird but I am cold and it would be just like never leaving my bed.


I was thinking if I did manage to turn that nice warm fluffy white goose down duvet into coveralls I would then have to sleep in them and I am sure a day in the bush snowshoeing through the trees and all that mingling and visiting with the cows would not leave it nice and fluffy or white. Now that I think of it, could you imagine if I fell down in that nice fluffy white snow in a nice warm fluffy white duvet now coverall, no one would ever find me till Spring.
 No more thinking. Get to work.

Later


36 comments:

  1. Here I go again with your snow :)
    Glad you got your tractor going, and no I wasn't ironing tonight like the old days :)
    Keep warm. One day you might be able to knit a cable jumper to help keep you warm.
    Take care my friend, Hugs M xox

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  2. Do you have a pair of insulated coveralls, B? I would have sent you my old pair, but they are long gone now that I live in Texas. Although....I might have to buy a pair for next year, as DH has told me to go ahead and apply for an out of state deer permit for Kansas (my old home)! I think this is part of my Birthday Present, but I am not sure.

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  3. As a cold weather lover, even I must admit that's incredibly cold! We rarely get that cold here in KY. Hopefully you have a bit of a warm up soon :)

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  4. I can't believe you do that. I will think of you when I complain about having to leave my covers. I know the cows must love you muchly.

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  5. I am so glad the tractor started. I do not know how to live in that kind of cold. I bet you have to be so bundled up. The photos are lovely though. I love how the sun looks.
    When you come back in the house how long does it take you to unthaw?
    I am impressed you drive a tractor. I haven't learned. I need to learn how so I can be the one on the tractor. I do most of the walking and loading. :)
    Stay warm, I would love to help you feed the cows though, I always did like that part growing up.

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  6. Beautiful early morning photos B! I am giggling about your down coveralls, you might end up looking like the Michelin Man!

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  7. I'm very happy to hear the tractor started right away. I know you would've been worried about the cows. :) Love your shots of the snow and sunrise.

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  8. Oh my goodness, that is cold!!
    I love the down feather overall idea :)

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  9. I can feel my nostrils sticking shut just looking at those pictures.
    You know they would find you before spring...those pink cadillac boots would be sticking up out of the snow lol.

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  10. I am picturing those coveralls and smiling! If anyone could make them, you could. :-) I hope you get some warm-up soon. We're looking at warmer weather this weekend. It's been cold here, but nothing like you're experiencing.

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  11. The photos are beautiful but I know the cold is not welcome. I just had a picture of you laying in the snow with those down coveralls. :)
    Hopefully it will warm up. It has here.

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  12. I picture you trying to do chores while looking very much like the Michelin man. lol This cold makes one very happy to have a warm fire to come home to. Keep warm! Those are lovely photos of the sunrise.

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  13. Gosh, it's so cold there! I think I might be a little bit cranky in that weather. But the photos are really pretty :)

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  14. It's making me feel cold just reading that!
    Lynne

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  15. What you need, Miss Buttons, is a pair of blaze orange goose down coveralls with matching blaze orange goose down parka and hat. Of course, if you fell down in that outfit, someone might think the sun was setting... :P

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  16. I am tired of the bitter cold and snow too Buttons and I am longing for spring.

    I think you should not make your bed cover into coveralls!! LOL

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  17. Oh brrrrrr...! I'll take a pair of those warm coveralls if you make some! :)

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  18. Right before I hit your last paragraph, I thought the same thing: Oh, Buttons, you have to sleep in it and that wouldn't work. Farming is really, really hard work and you document it so well that I think even the most hardened city person who reads this would look at that milk bottle or hamburger with new respect for where it came from.

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  19. In spite of the temperature, you sure got some great pictures. My barn uniform consists of many layers and I am usually not cold when I'm working. It was in the 30s here today, quite an improvement.

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  20. glad the tractor turned over! :)

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  21. Gorgeous, but it looks cold!!!

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  22. It's good that the tractor turned for you. Gorgeous images. I could not stand the cold you are enduring.

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  23. LOL!!!! The pres wants me to get some sort of suit for going outside with the dogs so I stay warm???what??? For a few months...not worth the expense! Leave to pretty comforter where it is and wear dark clothes!...:)JP

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  24. Your vivid description of the tractor reminded me of the time our tractor had a steel seat. that's right just an old steel seat. Never sit on it. Just stand up all the time. I'm still posting but have a problem with feeds not being picked up.

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  25. I have a hard time getting out the door when it is really cold. Is stay in my monkey pjs all day ;-)

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  26. I so know what you are talking about. Your last 3 photos with the white sun against the white clouds reminded me of feathers thrown into the air against the sunshine.

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  27. Sweet B,

    Our son has insulated coveralls that cover him like a babies ones y. Maybe your hero can pick up a pair at the ranch store. These things will keep you really warm. Our son will sleep in them, get up in the morning and just put his boots on and go. No need to get dress, lol.....
    Stay warm!!!!

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  28. You have described your morning so well that I felt like I was there with you, hoping the tractor would start right up and shivering in the cold morning light. I do hope you find something to keep you toasty warm - I see you have lots of suggestions - maybe put those on your Christmas list. I was thinking ski wear, but insulated overalls sound even better. Keep warm. Hugs xo Karen

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  29. It really has been extremely cold lately, hasn't it? A couple of days ago my toes were colder than tingly so my husband decided I needed new boots, the kind that keep you warm at -40° below. We haven't had a winter like this in a long, long time! I was thinking of your Cadillac boots when we purchased mine...but my husband says mine are "Princess boots." I think I'm very lucky that he laughed when he called them that. ;))

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  30. -23° is just what you say too cold, what do the people that do dog sledding wear, maybe that'd be better than turning your duvet into a coveralls, and then we'd not have to worry that you might get lost in the snow that just wouldn't do...your photos are gorgeous.

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  31. Happy for you B, I have sent up many a little prayer to have things "start" over the Years... *smile*. We had to put a new battery in our Blue as the old one had froze. Enjoy your day & stay WARM x

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  32. Ms. B., I've discovered that two layers of fleece with a pair of nylon snow pants over that can be very warm. I was out tripping up the bush road with that combo. and I started to get TOO WARM! (Oh yes, on the -25 breezy day it was)

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  33. Comments from the significant other are not necessary to our happy existence. When will they learn? :)

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  34. Your photos look very COLD! Hoping you stay warm somehow. : )

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  35. Oh but doesn't it look so beautiful outside. LOL We had a week of -20c and that was cold enough for me when outside. By the time I put my full snow suit on I feel like a blow up doll who can't move. But love my big jacket as I can tuck my camera just inside to keep it warm. Oh when it warms up to 0 you will think it is spring. Well you are over the hump now and days will at least be longer.

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  36. brrr...we are no stranger to that deception either. stay warm, girl!

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