All in all, everything is fine despite the cold. The water lines were not frozen in the house or the barn, tubs were thawed thanks to tub heaters and all the animals were fine. Fortunately handmilking is like riding a bicycle - once you learn you, you don't forget. The vacuum pump that provides the suction for the milking machine wouldn't work. The cold was just too much for it. We brought it in and set it by the woodstove. It should work fine for night chores. If not, we will get buy. If that's the worse we deal with in this kind of weather, I'm grateful.
We are supposed to get up to zero today - zero actually feels balmy :) One more night of really low temps and then things should moderate somewhat. I remember growing up when winter temps were like this for weeks at a time and we had feet and feet of snow. My brother and I used to climb the big pine trees near our home in NH and jump off the big branches into the deep snow for the fun of it. We get a good amount of snow here but nothing like it used to be.
Hopefully these sub zero temperatures will kill off bugs and sickness and garden pests before spring arrives and spring will come, I know it will, won't it? The gorgeous flowers posted today at Northview Diary are definately a sign of hope :)
~Stay warm and safe~