Frosty the Kitchen Pig
Normally pig’s only enter our kitchen as pork. Occasionally a piglet gets brought in for some hand nursing. Frosty the Kitchen Pig lives in the kitchen of our old farm house. I do not recommend sharing your living quarters with a farm pig.
Our young daughter Hope wants to call Frosty Lucky instead of Frosty. Lucky because the pig is lucky to still be alive. It’s been two weeks now and the pig is still surviving. That’s a good sign. She’s starting to put on a little weight again. Perhaps she’ll make it.
The reason Frosty is called Frosty is she crossed the fence at the far end of the north field during the ice storm two weeks ago which had downed trees across the fence lines. She went down hill from there into a ditch filled with ice cold water. She was there for an unknown period of time. Deer hunters driving by on the road saw her in the ditch and brought her up to our house. When I picked her up out of the truck bed she was covered with icicles. Thus her name.
The reason Frosty lives in the kitchen is that she got pretty bad frost bite from her jaunt over the fence line. I had to amputate her tail as it was one solid mass of ice. She had chunks of ice on her knees and one ear as well. Once someone gets frost bite the cold can be hard to take. Having her in the kitchen is hard to take but it is better than her dying.
From the kitchen Frosty progressed to living in the old shower stall for a while. That worked pretty well. It was easy to wash her down. When we got into town this week we stopped at the farm supply store and picked up a rubber horse watering trough. Frosty is now in that most of the time. It keeps her mess to a minimum. Interestingly, when she is out and about in the kitchen she tends to stay right in her corner on the papers or burlap bag. I suspect the reason is that she is weak and unsure of her footing. The rest of the kitchen floor is wood and plastic which is quite slippery for her.
By the way, this is my first post from our tiny cottage. We now have phone and internet at the cottage. Today marks the one year anniversary since we’ve been sleeping here. But until now it was with only an extension cord for electricity and no internet or telephone service. This past week Holly, Will and I got enough copper up to the cottage to bring full power, phone, DSL and Ethernet to our new home. It’s one more step in our transition from the old farm house to our new cottage.
Outdoors: -3°F/29°F Cloudy, 1″ Snow, Ice rain and high winds
Farm House: 52°F/41°F
Tiny Cottage: 65°F/52°F