Well, the cat’s water in the room behind the kitchen only has a thin layer of ice on it this morning. It’s warming up! Folks, can you believe how cold our country has been this last week? When the wind chill hit -23 I was pretty certain I had been transported to the North Pole for Christmas.
I worried about the farm animals. I was certain we would lose a chicken. Their water was frozen within minutes after bringing a fresh bowl out. Their heat lamp did nothing to help. I figured little Ginger might just be a popsicle when we went out in the morning. Yesterday, Sophia let Doug know her displeasure by flying up to his hat and staying there. She was hitching a ride into the house. Enough was enough!
The alpacas have their three sided shelter that has been perfect for them. The hay bales, tarps, and protection from the south and north winds has been enough for them. They walk around with snow covered faces chewing their cud. Happy as reindeers.
But the goats originate from Nigeria. I felt like they should probably come inside and stay in the living room. My friend, Jill, that gave them to me laughed. They will be fine, she says. Just look for excessive shivering.
Backtrack three weeks ago right before we brought them home, I went into the garage to clean it out to make it into a barn. You have to be creative when you live in town (even if it’s in the country) and want to be a homesteader. There are no barns on this property.
However, when I walked in the garage, I got a shot of reality. A pile of holiday stuff took up one corner. Andrew’s belongings took up a full side of the garage that he doesn’t have room for yet. Gardening items, clothes to grow into, boxes of photographs….this was not becoming a barn.
I jumped on Craig’s List and looked up goat housing. Up popped up these igloo looking things that were for calves or goats. I had seen them around the county so I called to see how much and how to get it here. The gentleman on the other end of the phone was a jolly man with a great many goats. He said that he had even gone out and sat in the igloo during a snow storm and was surprised at how cozy it was in there. For two hundred dollars, I didn’t have to clean out the garage. Sold.
He proceeded to give me directions to his place. Directions that would lead me next door to Emily’s boyfriend’s family’s house. Certainly a small world. We started talking about when I could pick it up. “Well, not Saturday,” he says, “We have a craft show at the middle school.”
“Oh, we’ll be there too!”
He asks what we sell. They use our arthritis medicine for their dog. They sell soap. They were next to me the whole season at the farmer’s market!
Small world indeed, and I found what I needed.
This cold has had me terribly worried, but each time I look out they are snuggled together in their igloo, running out to get treats or kisses. I am impressed.
This is a great way to house goats if you are short on space or want multiple houses in different yards.
No barn necessary! (I do hope to have a barn on our next homestead though!)
Stay warm out there, folks!