Baby it's Cold Outside! by Kerissa Taylor
Brrrr... I was watching snow fall outside my window as I wrote this thought to myself that I have picked a good topic to write about.
BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE!
Here in Rangely, in our North Western corner of the state, we enjoy a variety of weather. Some forms of weather most wouldn't understand unless they lived here. To describe it seems a futile attempt in any effort because of it's complexities at times. Nearing 40 degrees in the same 24 hours as dropping well below -20 Fahrenheit. You learn to prepare yourself for the unexpected, because it becomes expected.
Having animals and a growing ranch, you learn some things that are helpful. Some things take years to act on for whatever reason. Tank heaters for example. I have had livestock of some sort since I was a kid and this is the first time I have ever used this invaluable resource. Why did I choose for so many years to go out with sledge hammer and shovel daily to chisel away at the ice? Was it because I felt better about my arm muscles that would develop wonderfully through the cold months? Was it because... well actually there is no logical reason in my mind, especially now that I experience the beauty of having them. And I'm not the only one that benefits! The animals enjoy not having to try and break through the ice. I'm sure it feels goodto drink water of a lukish warm temperature compared to the most frigid version of ice.
Since we are talking about watering animals, another issue to deal with are hoses. Dear. Sweet. Hoses. They do so much for you, yet seem to be one of the greatest nuisances. You must hook, unhook, drain, only to find that the next morning they are frozen anyway. Ahah! This year I was determined to not be defeated. We started out with dragging the hoses in and out of the house... EVERY day. Yes, it was a good amount of work. Yes, my bathtub was their resting place. Yes we got snow throughout the house every morning.... but I was victorious in not having a frozen hose this winter! However, it was still more effort than I wanted to put into it. Then I learned of a new trick, (listen to the angels sing as you look upon the picture!) The amazing stretchy hose!!!
I was on a forum and was reading a discussion about what people do to make hose life easier in the winter and this gentleman, bless him, offered this amazing advice. Use a stretchy hose. Keep it in a bucket, take it out hook it up water, let it shrink and put it back in said bucket. Whoa... that's almost TOO easy, are these things for real? YEP! I ordered one immediately that night and Amazon had it shipped to me in 2 days, and my watering life has never been more glorious. This baby is light – my 4-year old can carry it, it starts out at 30 feet and stretches to 100 feet when filled with water!!! Yep you read me right... a 100 foot hose fits with room to spare in my 5 gallon bucket. Praise the hose Gods (or the hose inventors!) You have a fan right here.
Until next time!