Arrrggggggg…Here I stand, freezing my fingers and toes as I try to pull the barn door open. The damn thing is frozen shut. It is twenty degrees this morning and that lovely sludge that I avoided cleaning out from under the door is now frozen, keeping me from entering the barn.
As I heave my body against the door repeatedly, trying to break it free, I release several groans, grunts and curses. Chicken chatter comes loudly from inside, a discussion no doubt of their impending doom from the creature outside the door.
I decide to hop over the electric fence, and try to break in through the back. The fence is off, thank goodness, and I make my way through the snowy gate. The goats come out through the slender opening between the two doors, and wonder what I am up to. I explain to them that I am having trouble getting into the barn. They just do not seem to care. The back door will not slide open either, so I size up the opening, and ask the goats what they think. Nope, I am definitely not fitting through that goat door.
I am now warming up in the house and I send off an email to my husband that the barn door is officially frozen; for a moment I’m contemplating not dealing with this. I peruse a couple of farm forums about the other poor souls that cannot get their barn doors open this morning either. The best advice I get is, “Get your lazy ass out there and chip that ice out from under that door or move the barn to Panama.”
Here I am again, staring at the barn door, but now I am armed with a shovel that has a nice straight edge. I chip away at the slushy and aromatic mixture of hay, ice and undoubtedly chicken poo. I wedge the shovel under the door, push it down with my foot, and then heave and ho on the door several times. I feel a bit of movement. Holy shit…its working. I find a new spot further down the door to re-wedge the shovel, push down hard with my foot on the handle and watch the door rise up out the slushy mess. I can almost hear the barn animals cheering with anticipation.
One, two, three, PUUUULLLLLL… and there she goes! Tenacity saves the day.