On Monday night, the Dallas area was hit with an ice storm and everything has pretty much shut down since then. You northerners may scoff at our southern panic over ice, but we really are unprepared for the fridgid conditions that ya'll are accustomed to. The roads have been treacherous so we've mostly stayed at home and enjoyed the "time off" from the outside world. I've loved it.
Flash has enjoyed unmerited grace and favor from my husband, who was an inch from killing him last week over some fences he destroyed (twice), but who has made sure he's been warm and dry in the barn. Donkeys' coats don't repel water like horses' do, so being soaked by freezing rain can mean serious trouble for our long-eared equine friends. Flash has humbly accepted the hay and water by being extra good - and by only pooping in one giant pile in the barn, instead of all over the place. It's the least he can do.
My nice man, Tom, had his one chance to create ice surfaces for hockey this week and was only semi-successful. He has a "dry-land training" area in our pasture for the team he coaches (we call it "Tom's Hockey Complex") and he used the opportunity to glaze the shooting pads with extra water. Unfortunately, the ice wasn't quite sturdy enough to stand on with skates, bummer. But he and our son, Grayson, had a blast out there anyway. BTW, I was in charge of the hot cocoa....inside.
Have you all survived this arctic storm? Most of North America has been under it, and I know it has caused a lot of trouble for a bunch of folks. I'm praying for a thaw in the weather! Please link up for Company Girl Coffee, the weekly feature that allows us to visit one another. Ever wondered who some of the other Company Girls are? Well, this is a great way to get out and meet them! If you aren't a blogger, feel free to chat with everyone in the comments section below.