Saturday, December 12, 2009

A whole free day, but cold and windy

Here's pictures of the aftermath of the first storm, last weekend. The next storm dumped a good bit more.

This is the first Saturday in quite a while that I haven't had a big job to do. Last Saturday and the one before was barn work at college. Before that there was car work: Aimee's truck to be precise, which took three consecutive Saturday trips to the auto shop. And before that we were still in harvest and sheep-grazing mode, so there were lots of things to do: get hay, get hay, get wood, put up food, cut meat.



I can think of some jobs I might like to do today, but I'm not going to think too hard. And I'm not going to do anything involving heavy work or outside work except to feed and water our critters.

There's been too much of that cold outside stuff lately, and I'm sore and tired from it.

Also because it's really quite cold, colder than the proverbial female sorcerer's breast out there, and still blowing a gale. Brass monkey weather. Bitter.

About 6 F, to be precise, right now. Minus 15 C. It gets a good bit colder around here, but this is the coldest I can remember before Christmas. The jet stream has bulged way to our south and we're in air that really belongs up over Hudson Bay right now, and is trying to get back there.

Hence the wind.

"A thin wind" or "lazy wind," because it goes right through you.

Blame Canada.

Today would be a good day to make a nice hot chili, which would make good eating next week. I might use up some of our Abraram-burger, getting my final vengeance on that mean old ram.

That's rotten of me.

He was a good ram most of the time. He was only mean in breeding season. But there is the small matter of Aimee's arm that he nearly broke. I don't mind eating him at all. Especially as he tastes quite good, it turns out. Not ram-tainted at all.

So, make hot ram-chili. Bring in firewood. Clean house. Fix up the electrical heater that was out in the greenhouse and got moldy (!). Keep the stoves going full blast.

And wait for this cold wind to subside.

Sounds like a plan to me.


  1. Thanks so much for sharing the view from your window. Your snow is beautiful, though I can say I'm happy we don't have it today. We're still trying to finish projects before winter. Our 38 degrees suddenly seems much warmer, compared to six.

    I've only recently found your blog, and can't wait to read the older posts about Womerlippi Farm. Thanks for sharing.

  2. And thanks for visiting. I checked out "life under a blue roof" and your site is also very interesting. I'll check back in from time to time. I built a bale home in 2003, before we married, but Aimee didn't like it much, even though she helped build it quite a bit -- off-grid, not much space, poorly finished, remote -- and we gave it over to some folks we know when we moved into this old farmhouse. I do a lot of green building work in my professional life, and am pleased to see that someone has made a better success of a straw bale home. The straw bale coop should be nice and warm for winter chickens.


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