The animals actually enjoy a little bit of colder weather. The horses get frisky run about the pature whinnying and bucking like they are lively young 'uns. And the dogs run after them barking and playing. It is actually quite joyful to watch.
On a cold night the barn cats just disappear. Each has a special hiding place but once the sun comes up they show up either at the kitchen door or in the barn beggging for breakfast.
Since it was cold, we stayed in and watched a ten part documentary produced in DVD on the Civil War. It was a great history lesson and was presented in a very unbiased fashion. It showed the strengths and weaknesses of both sides of the conflict and depicted the hardships faced by the soldiers during this terrrible time. It even detailed life in the cities on both sides, including the severe hardships in the Deep South and the rationing in the North.
I wish our children could be required to watch this realistic view of history instead of the extreme bias that is spoonfed daily by government schools. I fear our politically correct environment will cause all of our children to be adults without even the most basic of logical thinking.
That's why I am such a proponent of home schooling. Oh, it takes a lot of time and patience on the part of parents but, then again, isn't that what parents are supposed to provide for their children. Using a school system as a babysitting service was never the intent, and it certainly isn't the place for government under our Constitution to do that.
I will have more later on the Civil War story as I think it offers lessons that we need to remember today. The split in America is great today, and many parallels can be found between then and now. But this is for a later discussion.
For now, have a Blessed Lord's Day and don't forget that He has control of all things. God bless.