For the first time in many, many, many years (I say that because I'm not sure how many years) we are ready for winter BEFORE it hits!!
The harvest is in and dehydrated (we didn't plant much this year; too much other work to maintain a garden), the wood box is full, the plants are in the basement, and the animals are taken care of.
In all years past, we've ended up closing in the barn in sleet, snow, rain, cold and/or dark. Not this year.
Yesterday was a balmy 70+ degrees, sunny and clear. We spent the day finishing closing in the chicken coop (including putting the lumber part of the roof in place--the actual tin has to wait for next year. Tarp for this year.) They should make it through the winter warm and dry. We also closed in the last of the barn, so all the animals down there should be cozy, too.
All I have left to do is stock up more hay (which has to wait for next paycheck) and get some sort of parking area graveled so the Durango doesn't go sliding sideways down the hill at the first snow. And neither of those is really urgent or weather-dependent. We have some hay now and I can always park the Durango at the top of the hill like I have for the last 8 years.
Today is cold (high of 40 degrees), grey, and drizzly. It's supposed to freeze for the next week with snow forecast on Monday. Bring it on, Polar Vortex! We're ready for you!!
Ebola- keep your fingers crossed.
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