Although 14 degrees is far from sweatshirt weather, I was surprised when I geared up in coveralls and the works that I almost felt overdressed. Last night’s wind chill temperature was –18*. The horses have plenty of shelter and windbreaks, but I did slip blankets on them last night. I think they were certainly happy to get them off this afternoon; their coat quite warm beneath the lining.
Truly, it did not feel too cold to ride. But then again, I was pretty layered. Our gravel roads are still snow packed as well as our driveway; just not the best conditions yet. Spring will be here next month.
Although the bruising from my fall last month is gone, I still continue to have stiffness in my lower back. Not terribly painful, but there. When I injured my tailbone a few years ago, it was almost a year before that pain went away. I was hoping that wouldn’t be the case this time. But it is worrisome.
I spent some time yesterday at the DMV. I needed to pay sales tax on and license the new Ram truck and renew the plates on the Ford Focus and the 1-ton Chevy truck. The plates on the bumper pull trailer expired in December and also needed renewed and I wanted to relicense my living quarter trailer to an RV plate to keep me from having to stop at those pesky weigh stations. A grand total of $2,339.76. I spent more at the DMV than I did for Christmas – the last two combined! I am pretty sure I spent more at the DMV than our wedding cost 19 years ago. Nebraska. The heartland of taxes.