I stopped and picked up a couple bales of straw yesterday, and cleaned out the barn, and limed, and added a bale. Looks good. There is wetness that comes in near the door and windows, so I am trying to be smart in how I spread the straw. Sheep are good. This new shipment of hay is not as nice as the other stuff (no alfalfa) so the sheep are a little annoyed at me ;)
As I walked down the stairs after dropping the hay/straw, Dan came with me, but no Joe. I realized that Joe had not done the stairs, and since they are open, they can be scary. I had to teach Danny this, and now it was time to teach Joe. First, Joe had to over come coming into the dark hallway. He was scared, but I knelt down and have him a few pieces of cookies, as he came closer. Once he mastered this hallway (which is dark and has some planks that make noise), we sat there, and I caressed him and told what a GOOD BOY!!!! he was. This seemed to make the most difference... Then, I backed up and sat at the top of the steps and leaned into him with my face, and repeated it, and he was nervous; he was crying, but he stayed close to me. Now, Joey is vocal (every morning he yodels at me as I get ready), so the crying was not un-expected. Then, I went down one step. I had a piece of baling twine on his collar, not to make him come forward, but to not let him back up. Anyway, I continued until we got down the stairs. He did this all for me, for the trust and devotion to me. I can't tell you how proud I was of him. Then, we had to go up, which is just as scary.... We mastered both, and now he goes up and down no problem. This was not a long time effort, just concerted by both of us. Things like this are what make having dogs, so worth it; their loyalty and devotion, and trust.
After that lesson, I did chores. I tried to walk the dogs in the snow, but got only 1/3 of the way, and realized it was too deep. Way too deep. This is some winter, let me tell you. I think it's actually normal, we were spoiled last year.
Today, I plan to get the oil changed in the car, and that's pretty much the only difference from usual..