Breaking Ice

I have a new BFF today.

He’s my good pal.

My buddy.

My friend.

He’s a little furry.

And maybe a little smelly.

But I don’t mind at all.  Especially today, when he doesn’t see his shadow.


I’m ready for an early spring.

Here’s some pictures of our world.


Yesterday it was 5° at 5:30 p.m. with 30 mph winds.   After you do all that meteorological mumbo jumbo that comes out to equal -15 below zero wind chill. 
Notice all the wind breaks out here on the high plains.

The wind slices you like a knife.

Coming down the road, you can see that the cows are thirsty.  Instead of getting down into the breaks out of the brutal wind, they are huddled around the drinking tub.

But this is a first.


My husband J-Dub has seen many cows, and many drinking tubs, but has never seen a cow standing on top of a drinking tank before.  Frozen solid. 


It’s a wonder she didn’t fall through.  She weighs approximately 750 pounds. 

When I stood on it to cross over into the other pasture to chase a rolling black Stetson, it began to crack under my weight.

Which means I out-weigh a cow.

Probably by 100 pounds.

Not a happy thought.

It’s a real wonder I didn’t fall through.  I carefully held onto the post and tiptoed on the edge.

J-Dub had to break the ice for them to get a drink.  If you wonder how he does that, it’s probably how you imagine. 

With his brute strength!


And an ax.
This is hard work, I don’t care who you are.


Add the bitter temperature, this isn’t even close to being fun.

It’s tough being a cow.

And tougher being a cowboy.

Today my sweet husband had to break ice on 18 different drinking tubs across the panhandle of Texas.

Did you enjoy your hamburger today?

Be sure and thank a cowboy.


  1. Jolea says:

    I swear I haven’t eaten a hamburger in months, but this made me want one….:) What I wanna know is why J-Dub didn’t pick up your camera and take pictures of you chasing that hat! He was too busy laughing, wasn’t he??


    1. Angel says:

      No, there was no laughter. It was awful and miserable.


  2. leon says:

    Great story. I envy him and do not envy him.


    1. Angel says:

      Some days I envy him too, but not today.


  3. Susan says:

    Well, I had fish today…that I didn’t have to break ice to get thank goodness. Just wanted you to know, I don’t laugh much these days, or pray much either. But today I just laaauuuugggghhhhed and a couple of days ago…I reconsidered prayer. Your blogs are touching people and you don’t even know it. I am so proud of you and I love you very much. Keep up the good work! Oh, I feel for Jason. It takes a lot to do what he does. (And a good wife runs after her husbands hat 🙂 He certainly has my respect. That’s why cowboys are such good people!!!


    1. Angel says:

      So glad to hear you’re laughing. I love you more than you know!! Thanks for your sweet words. They mean the world.


  4. Blockader says:

    You have no trees!?!?!? What do you hide behind if you suddenly have to pee?


    1. Angel says:

      You don’t hide. Ain’t noone out here to watch you but the cows.


  5. Jay says:

    Tell J-Dub THANKS for what he does!! I do enjoy my beef!!! You’re doing a great job Angel, keep it up!!!


    1. Angel says:

      Will do! Thanks so much for everything.


  6. Kara S. says:

    Found you on the LPM blog. I wanted to connect with some believer’s blogs, and I absolutely love your photos, your world that is so opposite of mine, and can’t wait to follow you!
    From the crazy blizzard town of Chicago! 🙂
    ~ Kara


  7. dad says:

    cowboy up.


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