With the extreme cold weather we've had over the past week or so ... working out in the barn was unbearable. Just breathing the air was unbearable. Going out to do the regular chores was about all the time I could stand to be out in the frigid air.
Tonia had been experiencing some cabin fever since the weather and snow had her stuck at home. Since the weather has warmed up enough for some of the snow to melt and she was able to get out of her drive way again ... she offered to come over to help me work on getting the kidding pens ready! My immediate answer was YES and THANK YOU!
You see, I hadn't cleaned the kidding pens out after last year's kidding season was finished. There was always something else that seemed more urgent at the time ... like milking and making cheeses and general work around the farm. Anyway, I had a whole year to get them ready ... right? Well... we're down to only one week ...yes, one week... until the first of 48 does are due! I've been close to panic for the past several days since they're not ready yet.
I worked on them on Saturday and got some close to being ready and then worked more yesterday on them and took 4 large wheel barrow loads of last year's bedding out to the garden. With Tonia's help we took 11 more large wheel barrow loads out to the garden. I ran the pitch fork and Tonia ran the wheel barrow. What a team!
Last year's bedding from the kidding pens!
The kidding pens are very close to being ready to lime and put new bedding into. I should be able to finish several of them tomorrow! I'll soon have 10 pens ready for this year's kidding season.
It was a great day ... with great help ... great conversation ... and great friendship! THANK YOU so much Tonia!