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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Here it comes...

At this writing (about 7am on Thursday) it is about 60* - this is the warmest it's going to be until, you know... April or so. I woke up earlier to thunder and lightening.  Here it comes - Winter. Are you ready?

If you haven't been watching the news, it's time to buckle up. There is a huge cold air mass coming down to put us all in the deep freeze. Of course we are kind of on the line so we are going to be dealing with a big rain, then the wintery mix, ice, and then a bunch of snow.

I spent the last couple days outside in shorts and a tshirt getting the very last of the garden ripped out or tucked in. Today we'll be getting the last of our storm preps done. I need to get many buckets filled with water and make sure I bed everyone down really well. We also have to put the heat lamps back on for the last of the turkeys and the creepy meat chicks.

Inside I'll be having a baking day, getting all the laundry done, and making sure the sink is cleaned out...and taking a shower. Why the cleaning? Because if we lose power it's much easier to bear if we start out clean, with a workspace, and with clean clothes.

This is a true FTE - that's French Toast Emergency. All the suckers will be out there buying milk, eggs, and bread.... while I'm finishing up the dishes.

I need to get a couple of farm notes down before I forget...

1. Debbie might not be bred. She was acting funny on Tuesday the 3rd which means I need to have a plan worked out for her by ....well... Christmas Eve, for heavens sakes. Last year Dahli was bred on Christmas so I guess that it's not too surprising.

2. We got a load of firewood, also on Tuesday. I'm noting this so I can track how long it lasts. I don't think we are going back to that guy tho. He was kind of particular and over interested in the details. Plus the stack wasn't covered so the top was kind of rotten. We didn't have to take the bad ones... but I think the wood was kind of old. Also we don't think we got as much as we've gotten from other places.

Provided the rain stops, we'll be bringing some more wood up from our woods. But it's kind of nice to have already split firewood. Just not this stuff.

Happy Thursday everyone! Winter is coming... are you ready?


5 comments:

buddeshepherd said...

I'm going to Panama City! And then I'm going to see the mermaids at Weewihitakampatimica (or something) springs.
No corn and no goats!

Faith said...

I'm in NE Ohio, the clouds have rolled in, and the temp has dropped. The springtime weather was nice and DRY! We take it where we can in Ohio don't we? We'll see what comes our way. Doing homestead inside chores today, baked a pie, and laundry..settling in with my crochet hook and a nice hot cuppa of coffee...enjoy your cozy n' up day...It's Christmastime in Ohio...

Vera said...

You are wise to make such preps. Hope the storm is not dreadful and that you stay warm and dry.

Anna Ravenscroft said...

Yep. I shrinwrapped the batheoom window and pulled out the comforter. And fed the chickies a suet block. That's about it. Everything else is ready.

MT Dreamer said...

We got almost 4 inches of a sleety snow mix in my neck of the woods in TX. We had 2 foot drifts all around the house when we woke up. First time in my 17 years in TX that I've actually seen that. It looked like I was back home in Ohio! Had a great sloth day today! Stay warm all!

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