It's been quite a weekend at the ranch, weatherwise. The Bag Lady and the Rancher spent a lovely Friday afternoon building feeders in the corral to replace the damaged feeders that would no longer hold the oats for the calves to eat.
The temperature was such that the Bag Lady had to change out of her winter coat into something a little less insulated! Water was running everywhere in the yard, and the pasture resembled a lake.
The Rancher decided he needed to do something about the trail the cows follow to the waterer because it was a sheet of ice in places, and under water in other spots.
Here is where he tried clearing the snow and ice off the trail. It rapidly filled up with water. You can see water lying in the pasture in the distance.
The temperature dropped after the storm blew through on Friday evening, and all that water froze. The Rancher drove his Caterpillar over it so the tracks would break up the ice. It helped a little, but was still very slippery.
He finally resorted to spreading dirt over the ice to give the cows some traction. The last thing they need at this stage is to take a bad fall on the ice and risk losing their calf. (The Bag Lady thought she had taken a picture after he spread the dirt, but she can't find it. ~sigh~)
Here is the Princess, demonstrating the proper technique for four-footed navigation on ice: (keep your head down, apparently... )
The temperatures are supposed to stay mild for the next few days, hovering around the freezing mark. On the one hand, it's nice to have a break from the bitter cold, but the ice is definitely a problem.
And, finally, this picture makes it look as though the temperature dropped in a really big hurry, doesn't it?