Like a walk through the country side living on a small farm is full of daily surprises, sometimes wonderful and amazing, and other times puzzling and sad. I hope you will walk with me as I live out my dream of living on this tiny farm. You will come to know the dogs, cats, Shetland sheep and chickens that make up this farm and what goes into keeping them happy and healthy. Come and join the journey with me.

Thursday, June 18, 2009


After the early morning storm..

After a week of uhm...generous rain, now it's just hot and miserable. The temperature is 91 but the index says it 'feels like' 100. Humidity is hanging in there at 58% and it's so thick I think I could cut it with a butter knife. Yep.
My floors are concrete and when the moisture in the air gets this heavy the floors sweat, making them damp and even sopping wet in places. I do have vinyl floor coverings, but obviously something isn't right in that situation.
The sheep are panting, Boone and Ariel are miserable (and panting). The chickens are laying low and yes, panting. Only the cats seem to be able to become so immovable that the heat doesn't seem to affect them so much. Oh, and yes, when I get home, I'm miserable, but I do try and refrain from panting. Maybe a huff and puff here and there though. This is one of the few times I enjoy going to work---where it's air conditioned!
Earlier in the week I was about fifteen minutes late for work---because of a fast moving storm that rolled in just at morning chore time. Despite making several efforts to get out and feed the sheep and chickens, I was driven back inside by the close lightening. It was very unnerving. With only half of the sheep fed there was finally a break in the storm and I rushed out and opened the gate to the pasture, put the chickens out and called it done. There was some mumbling and grumbling amongst the sheep that didn't get their grain treat, but some days are like that, dontcha know.
The hot weather is suppose to hang on into next week, with more storms tomorrow. Hopefully everyone will hang in there and survive this hot spell. It gets tricky when half of the critters on the farm are geriatrics.


RiverBend Farm said...

I guess I shouldn't be complaining about not having any rain here. It's been very hot and very dry but I'm sure when the Good Lord decides we should have rain, we'll probably have more than our fair share.

Deb said...

We are having our fair share of rain but thankfully nothing like the weather in your neck of the woods. I'm not a fan of lightening and really do not like to do chores out in it!
I hope the weather breaks for you all soon - take care.

Star said...

We've had hot, humid and stormy weather too. Today we had a really fast storm going through. We lost our power and it was off for three hours and more. Just when I was running out of things to do, it came on again! Hope it gets better for you and the animals. Chickens get so hot, don't they!
Blessings, Star

~Tonia said...

Glad to know my yard isnt the only one that looks like a pond! Its still ankle deep mud even though we have had 90's fora few days. Its so humid!

Vicki Lane said...

Same thing here -- stifling heat and a major thunder boomer. It managed to blow rain in the windows on all four sides of the house.

Kathy said...

When I was young - back in the Dark Ages - I was knocked to the ground by lightening. Ask my the minute I hear thunder I drop what I'm doing and head for the house. It's taken years for me to watch storms, but always from inside. Our lightening here can be as terrific as back in the Midwest.

I sure hope it dries out a bit for you. I hate to say, but our "high humidity" happens at 25-30%. Quite the difference from the Midwest where it's 90 F with 99% humidity. I don't think I could make it without A/C anymore, in the Midwest, I mean. We have hot days, but still need a blanket as even in mid-summer we're down in the 40s at night.