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Sunday: bright [Jan. 10th, 2010|11:39 am]
[Current Mood |awake]

It's clear, started cold, is warming upAll good things after the extreme (for us) cold and broken pipe.  It's possible (we won't know until late in the day) that yesterday's patch will warm up enough today to set the goo.  (Chemical reactions like that of the goo take longer in colder temps and may even fail completely.)   My cold or whatever it is hasn't gotten worse.   The wormer buckets of water in the shower stall have let me keep flushing as needed.  (Yes, I know ways to extend that.  Not discussing everything I know about water shortages and toilets here...TMI)

Birds are using the feeding area heavily, which isn't surprising.  Cold sends me to my feeding area more often, too, if I'm out in it.   I'm about to go out to check the water trough for the horses (husband pounded a hole in the ice earlier, but it's time for another drink if it refroze), the temperature, and replenish birdseed.  Easier to do this in sun than under heavy clouds, at least for me.   Still tired, still stopped up, eyes still burning, throat slightly better this morning.  Maybe Vitamin C drops and early bed and homemade soup and bread did their thing.

[User Picture]From: green_knight
2010-01-10 08:02 pm (UTC)
This is probably too late and not really practical, but would a hairdryer help with the goo problem?

I've petitioned Greenland to give us our gulf stream back, but so far, no luck.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2010-01-11 01:05 am (UTC)
A hairdryer might've if I had a hairdryer. I haven't had one for decades. (It occurs to me too late that I DO have a hot pad and we have plenty of extension cords...that thought came just now...)

At the moment, the fix is holding and we have running water again.
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[User Picture]From: ndozo
2010-01-10 11:21 pm (UTC)
Do you think that the horses would figure out to break the ice eventually? Maybe just by trying to knock the thing that's between them and the water out of the way, or do they not think that way? (Not suggesting you experiment, just curious.)

I hope there's no more pipe drama.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2010-01-11 01:04 am (UTC)
Horses will break ice if it's not too thick but in this case the horse trough is too high for a horse to step over and there's not enough room between the side of the trough and the fence that comes down to its top, dividing it in half. They break thin ice with their muzzles; if there's floating ice in the water, they push that out of the way; it's the thick ice and limited space that makes it impossible for them to deal with it in this (and similarly built) troughs.
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