Much of my day has been spent with extra chores because of the cold weather. The water troughs all had a thick coat of ice. I was able to remove one sheet in a single piece so I leaned it up against the edge of the trough to take a picture. Sadie was excited about a drink that didn't have to be sucked from the edge of the ice.
The last thing I did before coming in at noon was to stuff a new bed to go into a dog house. Mollie, our German Shorthaired Pointer, and Amanda, a cross-breed dog from the pound, share a large dog house that already had a nice blanket but I laid awake in bed last night wondering if the two old dogs were cold. This morning I found an old sheet, filled it with one of the extra fleeces from the stable and tied it all into a cozy cushion. I shoved it in the dog house to the delight of Mollie who was the first in. Amanda waited patiently while Mollie sniffed and then began stomping the bed into place. As I walked back to fill another trough, I noticed both snuggled down in their wooly new bed.
A cold day makes the simple outdoor chores longer but the sky is still a beautiful blue and it is hard to complain about much. Especially when I can return to the house to curl up with my cup of tea and a little knitting.