Updates From the Polar Vortex.

24 Feb

Pssssssssht. Breaker, breaker. This is MFW coming to you live from a snowdrift.

I’m going to start with this photo. Because it soothes me.

tulum

I want to go to there. This lovely shot is from our honeymoon in Mexico a million years ago. It’s good to remember that there are places in the world free of this year’s #polarvortex.

Sigh.

Unfortunately Michigan is still firmly planted in winter. Despite wildly odd weather last week—thunder snow, 40 degrees, and pouring rain—temps are back in the low teens this week.

My psyche just can’t take it. I’m tired of wearing three layers at all times, getting my car stuck in the driveway, whiteouts on the roads, and worrying about our roof collapsing under three months of snow accumulation. I just want to be warm again. I’m still waiting for those awesome pregnancy hot flashes people keep talking about.

I’m getting close to my winter breaking point.

Dairy Man might be even more sick of winter than I am. His life the past few months has involved frozen pipes, broken machinery, stuck milk trucks, countless pairs of long underwear, and so, so much plowing.

plowtruck

Dairying gets a lot harder when we’re dealing with six-foot piles of snow, icy roads, and sub-arctic temperatures.

Thankfully the ladies take it all in stride. They get fluffy winter coats, group together in the sand beds, and eat, eat, eat.

cows

We do our best to help them stay warm and toasty during the cold months. Cow-sized sweaters are out of the question—I was never much of a knitter—and the girls don’t love hot cocoa, but we close the barn curtains, change our feed ration to include higher fat, and turn on the heaters in the water troughs.

We’re all getting by. The only family member wholly unfazed by winter is Jersey the snow dog.

snowdog

He loves snow—for playing, walking or eating. The last one is most annoying. There are few things more demoralizing than being an adult human being standing outside in negative temps and 40 mph winds yelling, “GO POTTY!!!!” to a stubborn and impervious border collie chowing down on snow.

jersey

It’s been a long, hard winter. Perhaps one I’ll creakily tell my children about someday.

But I must remember that this season won’t last forever. The days are getting longer, spring is getting nearer, and there are occasional moments of pure beauty. It’s all about the sunshine.

wintersunset

From the safety of a warm car or house, the winter wonderland really is spectacular.

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And I’m sure we’ll get the tractors unburied … someday.

buriedtractors

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9 Responses to “Updates From the Polar Vortex.”

  1. Brandi 02/24/2014 at 11:44 am #

    I’m from NE Iowa and we’re in the same boat! I forgot what summer feels like! But it’s got to stop snowing and warm up one of these days :)

  2. Shirley Bareman 02/24/2014 at 12:50 pm #

    Jess, That was beautiful! Spring will bring great things in your life! You and DM will remember it as the spring of 2014! Love you.

    • the Modern Farm Wife 02/24/2014 at 7:36 pm #

      It’s getting close! I think Baby F’s impending arrival will definitely make these remaining winter months (well, only 1.5 months) FLY by. :)

  3. Jane VandePol 02/24/2014 at 9:19 pm #

    I have been enjoying your posts since Kara, my future daughter-in-law, told me about the site. I am anxious to meet you and see the farms

  4. christa 02/25/2014 at 8:29 am #

    Your pictures are beautiful. We’ve been on winter overload here in VT. I am so done with it!

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