Bitter cold, and sad news

The cold snap that has been working its way across the prairies has hit us.

It was -31C/-23F, with a wind chill of -39C/-38F this morning. At the time I write this, we have warmed up to -29C/-20F with a wind chill of -31C/-23F. The weather alert on my app is still saying wind chills may reach between -40C/F to -50C/-58F. !!!

Hard to believe that, tomorrow, we’re supposed to warm up to -9C/15F!

Heading out to feed the critters meant layering up. Two pairs of socks in my new, rated to -40C, winter boots. Two pairs of pants. A t-shirt under my sweatshirt. A hoodie – hood up – under my down filled park – also hood up! and double layered insulated gloves.

I was rather impressed when I saw this under the door.

Last winter, we had a lot more frost at warmer temperatures. The rigid insulation we put on the door is definitely making a difference. Where the frost is, is where the weather stripping is. We’ve had this same level of frost under the door for a few days. It’s not getting any bigger.

Yes, that is frost and ICE on the top of the heated water bowl!!

I had a sad find when I went to top up the outside food bowls, under the shelter we rigged up just outside the sun room.

I found Doom Guy in one of the old dresser drawers I put on the ground. He was stretched out, looking for all the world like he’d lain down for a nap. Why he was out there, instead of in the sun room, or any of the other shelters around the yard, I don’t know. Of all the outside cats, he was probably the one most at risk, having never fully recovered from getting sick last winter. Still, with all the insulated shelters we’ve made, on top of the various other shelters around the yard, plus other cats to cuddled up with, the last thing I expected was for him to be outside in this cold, even if it was under the tarp shelter.

Poor thing.

Sadly, this brutal cold will probably claim many other animals we will never see.


The Re-Farmer

6 thoughts on “Bitter cold, and sad news

    • Thanks. It surely is.

      Even though it is so cold outside, the sun room is quite a bit warmer. And that’s just ambient temperature. We often found him in the insulated cat condo. Body heat alone would make the “rooms” much warmer. I don’t understand why he was outside. 😢😢😢


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