And it's really cold when the air temperature is well below freezing, and the wind chill and humidity make it feel even colder.
And it's a lot of work on the farm when daily chores are slowed by a thick layer of ice covering everything. Fences, doors, gate latches, water troughs...
And it gets even colder when the power has been out in conditions like this for 13 hours. Today was a long, cold day here on the farm, and for people all over Texas.
The first photo is the fence next to the barn where the chickens are, and the second is a piece of wire that hangs on the side of the barn which I thought looked cool! You can see that even the side of the barn was coated with ice at least 1/4" thick - more in some places. It was really beautiful ... but VERY cold!
Since we had no power, that also meant we had little to no heat until Alan got the fire started. And then, we were all still pretty chilled. The people in town didn't get power until after 9:00pm, so we had Alan's parents out to the house to keep warm and have dinner. Tomorrow is supposed to be just as cold, but hopefully not as much ice... Hope the power stays on!