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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Are you ready for the cold?

Posted Thursday, January 2, 2014, at 6:17 PM
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  • We made it through without frozen pipes but that one going across the street still stays on my mind. Sunday and Monday will be a real test and I am not sure I wish to try it without one more shot at insulating it. I guess a trip to Lowe's is in order for some brainstorming.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jan 3, 2014, at 12:35 PM
  • Brrrrr.....I'm stocking up, blocking the drafts and staying in, wind chill Monday morning can be -10. You won't even know I'm on earth...I'll be staying in the cave hibernating those couple of days.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Fri, Jan 3, 2014, at 12:53 PM
  • I hope everyone with outdoor pets takes extra time to ensure their pets are comfortable and dry. A dog house that is wet is not shelter from the cold. A garage can make a nice shelter from the wind and cold as well. A "crate" is not an insulated house for dogs either... I have a neighbor that seems to think it is. A rug hung over the door opening can also shut out the cold, but can creat moisture forming. I wish people realize short haired breeds are not acclimated for these temps no matter how large the breed.

    -- Posted by haybar on Fri, Jan 3, 2014, at 1:41 PM
  • Think I'll go fishing.Just hope it snows a little so the Trout will be hitting the flakes on top of the water.(Makes it easy to spot where they are)

    -- Posted by kings11 on Fri, Jan 3, 2014, at 3:06 PM
  • I've been trout fishing in snow showers before but never noticed that phenomena. Not sure I will be doing it again so I will have to take your word on that. :-)

    haybar, our dogs and a few cats have a greenhouse that never gets below 50 and most of the other outside cats have the garage, but a few have separated themselves from the group and now stay in a large doghouse.

    I have reduced the opening to about 9" tall and will do as you suggested about hanging some carpet to close it down to 9" square. They will be fed around 5:00 PM but we don't like to give them so much that it encourages raccoons and opossums.

    Keeping water thawed is a problem in this weather but we give them new in the morning and evening. Do you think that will be enough or do I need to find a way to do some supplemental heat?

    I don't want to do something that will make them afraid to go in. A feral colony we took care of for about two years used to live in the rocks, and a hollow tree. Except for food and water, they seemed to do just fine.

    In fact, all of these could go into small mini-cave pockets under large rocks if they wanted to, so maybe I am over-thinking it.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jan 3, 2014, at 4:17 PM
  • I have always tried to fish for trout on snow days.They do not make a splash,but a small boil under where flakes are hitting.I notice this more in the Elk River,but have seen it at Normandy,Center Hill and others.Just make it a point to go next time it snows.Remember a bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work!

    -- Posted by kings11 on Fri, Jan 3, 2014, at 4:23 PM
  • It sounds like you are a wonderful caring pet parent ! I wish there were more out there! I was just trying to send out a message that someone reading this would think about what they may need to do for any outside pets. The rain, then the freeze is worse than just the cold... Wet fur ya know....

    I will say a prayer for all who are out... People and animal

    -- Posted by haybar on Sun, Jan 5, 2014, at 9:29 AM
  • Close to half our food bill is for cats or dogs. If you kniow of anyone who would like some orange, long-hair kitties we have 2 females and 1 male ready to go.

    We brought them in, along with their mother, about a month ago to get them people acclimated.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jan 5, 2014, at 10:24 AM
  • haybar, I know exactly what you are talking about. We have a neighbor as well, who thinks that a couple of thin towels laid down in a broken plastic doghouse is suffice for a dog breed that does not have a winter coat and is not meant to live outside. I personally built our dog's houses to make sure they were sturdy, had plenty of room, and is comfortable. We just purchased 4 more hay bales to make sure they have enough warmth in their houses. We also stuffed the little cat house that we created for a stray that ventures into our yard. As well as making sure it has plenty of food. I think that animals are beings that many people overlook.

    -- Posted by PrpleHze on Sun, Jan 5, 2014, at 10:54 AM
  • It may only be a few degrees but I sure hope the forecast for Shelbyville is accurate. It is about 4-5 degrees warmer.

    I know we have talked about water pipes but keep in mind the water in your windshield washer as well. If you have been filling it with water only this summer, you'll have a frozen block tomorrow.

    If you forgot and get some freeze protected fluid now, be sure to run it through your system a bit so it is in the lines and dispenser tips as well.

    I am trying to decide it I should put another layer of windows on top of my bath tub garden or just lay a blanket on it. The blanket is better IF PITA stays away from it. If she decides to pull at it, ALL protect will be coming off.

    Decisions, decisions.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jan 5, 2014, at 2:21 PM
  • I have been to Auto Zone and Advanced Auto and not only do they not check your anti-freeze fluid for you, apparently everyone in town is out of gauges to check the level...I just bought the antifreeze and added some...$16.00 dollars is cheaper then a new engine...and by the way....antifreeze is deadly to animals, and they like to lick it, it must smell good or something !

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Sun, Jan 5, 2014, at 2:59 PM
  • It does smell sweet. I hate it when I spill some and end up washing the driveway more than I wash the car. :-)

    I like weather changes, but this one is not high on my list. Still, I found myself sitting outside watching the trees and listening to the wind.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jan 5, 2014, at 3:26 PM
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