The cow fountain is a costly investment but I am SO looking forward to not having to haul water in the winter or risk being distracted and overflowing the stock tank when I am filling it with the hose. The cows will be happy that it never runs dry or freezes up. Also, it is much more energy-efficient than using a stock tank heater to keep the water from freezing and should pay for itself in electricity savings in a few years.
Darn! I didn't get the tulip bulbs planted. The ground hasn't frozen yet, though, so I might still have an opportunity tomorrow. If the snow melts, the ground might actually become soft enough to dig the bulbs in.
This afternoon, Rog winterized the lawn mower and rototiller and stored them away in the barn barn. He got out the snowblower and made sure it starts up and is easily accessible.
I worked on winterizing the high tunnel. I discovered a way to secure the side panels to the ends to reduce the draft of cold air whooshing in at the corners...
by cutting up lengths of a plastic sump-pump hose, slitting and popping the tubes over the end tubes, pinching the plastic film inside.
Inside the high tunnel, I covered one row of three beds with floating row cover to see how it would work. Wire hoops are on order for use as supports, but for now I used step-in fence posts (from the movable electric cow fence) spaced along the outer edge of the beds. I bowed them to meet in the center of the row and duct-taped them together. The row cover is draped over and clipped to the fence posts with clothespins. Tomorrow I will compare the temperatures under the row cover and outside the row cover to see how well it works to hold the heat.
We cleaned up all the stuff around yard that could be a snow-blowing hazard - poultry feeders, dog toys, flower pots, hoses, etc. Rog dumped the (frozen) water out of the duck pool and stored the plastic pool away.
I am a bit worried about how dirty the white ducks will be by spring without their daily swim. Already today they looked a bit dingy - not their usual snowy-white.
The buff orpingtons decided the best place to hang out in the snow was alongside the car. Maybe it was still warm from my errand-run into town.
Last year, winter arrived so abruptly we weren't totally prepared; this year I think we are about as ready as we can be. Looking outside tonight, the ground is covered in beautiful snow. I am in the mood to hunker down for winter.