Each evening, I tend to feed the horses a little extra hay so I can buy more time in the mornings in the huge, although as yet unrealized, hope (a) it’ll warm up and (b) the ice will have thawed…just a bit. HA! In talking with my brother, I mentioned I was chopping ice twice a day. He asked, “Don’t you have a de-icer in the trough?” My response was, “Yes, that’s why it only takes about 45 minutes.” This photo shows a small area where there’s no ice and it’s at that point I start.
The only tool I could find was a solid steel pole, normally used for tamping earth, not quite six feet in length, weighing about…guessing here…fifteen or twenty pounds and not the best tool but, in a pinch, acceptable. The best tool is either my crow bar (found today) or…hmmm…can’t remember the other just now but my pitchfork is used to lift ice out of the trough.
Most of the ice is gone but this morning, back again so another 45 minutes of chopping gave the horses a clear area to drink. Today, temps got up to around 28 F so the de-icer helped me finish the job and the trough was ice free when I finished. Tomorrow is supposed to be even warmer which is nice considering the low temps and snow expected all next week.
There are two piles of ice, both having twice as much now as seen here. I try to keep the ice to one side where the horses are less likely to step and slip.
If any of you…Michelle…have need to carry a partial load of hay, here’s a tip to make the job easier. Make a couple of knots in two ends, take the two loose ends, pull them through the knot and the whole load is easy…easier anyway…to carry. Small things mean a lot when you’re carrying 70 or 80 pounds.
The goldfish stay underneath the de-icer where it’s warmer.
Sam P. Spade, Secret Agent/Angel, is one of my best helpers. Today was warm enough to take a 1.5 mile walk so dogs and I all got in a bit of exercise after I got home from buying a laser copy printer scanner fax machine and buying gas. Gas is $2.04 a gallon at Sam’s Club; what does it cost where you live?
I’m looking for some stove wood to buy; anyone selling any? I’d prefer locust but as I’m almost out, any hard wood will do and, delivered, natch and, preferably earlier than later, because there are more storms coming this week.
Wow. Just tell me…could you stand the excitement of my life? – lam – (laughing at myself)
Blessings ~ my good helper ~ water trough ice free ~ little helps ~ warmer temps ~