Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Hunkering Down for the Cold Months Ahead


   Jeff just headed out with the truck to get the brakes done on it so we are ready for Winter driving conditions.  Mother Nature decided to say "screw Fall" this year and head into Winter early.  Can't say that I blame here with all that has happened with 2020.  I think she wants it over as soon as possible also.  

   Our night time temps are expected to drop into the single digits this weekend with highs below freezing.  We are also expecting up to 11 inches of snow on Friday night according to the latest weather forecast.  This is unheard of for this time of year and we are forecasted to set new records for both snow accumulation and low temperatures.

   Jeff will be bringing home a ton of wood pellets for our stove this week.  I am hoping that they will be there tonight so that we can unload them in the morning.  We still have about 10 bags, but with the temps dropping, I am sure we will go through a bag a day when we are in the single digits.  We also plan on getting another 2 tons of pellets put in within the next 2 months and that should take us through the Winter and leaves some for the start of the next heating season as well.

   I've taken the quilts that my mom and our hanai Grandma Ann (God rest her beautiful soul) made for us and have them on both our bed and our guest room bed.  They are so snuggly warm and were made with love.  It is like getting a hug from them both.  I look forward to doing this every year.  I have also switched out my Summer quilted throw that I use in the living room (another one my mom made) and am now using a thick fleece one that my hanai sister Shannon gave me after I had surgery years ago.  It too makes me feel wrapped in love.

   The herbs from the garden have been picked.  Some have been dried to use as is, while others have been made into lovely herb salts and herb butters.  The last picking of the blackberries in now in a large jar with vodka to make more blackberry infused vodka.  I found it makes for the best vodka tonics, adding a nice bit of berry sweetness that is perfect.

   The pantry is well stocked with just about everything we need to bake from scratch, including some dark chocolate chucks to add to cookie dough or make chocolate rolls with.  Canned goods, pastas, rice, oats, juices, coffee, teas and sports drinks are also there.  The freezers are stocked well with meats, homemade premade meals, all kinds of fruit from our gardens this year, veggies, homemade soups, butter and lots of cheese.  We will be getting some more venison from Chris and Heather and are so very grateful for that.

   The kitties are set with food and litter for a month or more and we will just pick more up the next time we do a big shopping trip.  I made sure to have all the HBA things like toilet paper, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste and that kind of thing topped off about a month ago. The over the counter type medications are fully stocked and I am about 3 months ahead on my prescriptions.  We did add to our laundry detergent stash and now have about 6 months worth here.

   All in all, I think we are pretty well set.  Chris gifting his Daddy with the truck, even if we have had to put money into it to fix some things, has been a huge blessing.  I know now that we have a high clearance 4 wheeled drive vehicle, with good tires, that can get us through just about anything.  It is nice to be able to haul pellets, wood, and furniture in it also.

   Lastly, I want to add that sadly the covid-19 deaths in our county are going up.  We now have 9 people who have died within this last 2 week period.   I fear that this is just the beginning since it is now in the nursing and long term care homes here in our area.  The holidays this year will be different with no big parties or gatherings so that we can protect one another.  We do have a family birthday party for Jaysn this weekend and my fear is that this may be the last time we can all be together for awhile.  All of us are healthy at this point and we are very good about NOT getting together if we think we may have been exposed or are not feeling well.  I want everyone to stay healthy.  Praying that we can all get through this and be able to gather again with more of those we love soon.






  1. Sounds like you are well prepared for the upcoming winter. I can't believe it is so cold already! Stay safe and warm!

    1. Thanks Bless...I sure hope we are. The snow is beautiful here...I just did a blog post to share it with you! :)

  2. Sounds like you are getting quite prepared for winter. It is still very decent here. I am not looking forward to snow - never do.
    Your area must have been doing good with the virus. We have double digits in deaths EVERY DAY! I guess some areas do better than others. Ours is a major city - so maybe more socialization.
    Stay safe and healthy.

    1. Hi Cheryl, our county does not have any major cities...just small farm towns and 2 college towns. I am so sorry that your area is seeing such high death rates. Ours are continuing to mount daily also.

  3. Hope this isn't a duplicate...
    I remember when I lived in Olympia WA and had a pellet stove. A ton of pellets isn't that much!! Our feed store where we bought the pellets would have a sale each fall. They'd let us buy all we needed for the winter and then 'draw' down our account with them. It was a great system.
    I just came home from a semi annual dental cleaning. I felt comfortable with all the new procedures the office was doing. Don't have to go back until April - hopefully.
    I haven't turned my heaters on yet but I'm getting close. I too have switched bedding and my throws. And am now in my woolie socks all the time.
    Good job on all the work you did to stock your pantries. Will be praying for a succesful hunt.
    Best wishes to all.
    SJ in Vancouver BC Canada

    1. Hi my friend! You are right, a ton of pellets in not much and I just heard from a friend that there is a shortage of them this year also. Jeff will be getting 2 more tons here soon as soon as some bonus money comes in.

      I'm glad your dental cleaning went well. I have been putting off having mine done because I need to find a new dentist (mine retired) and I don't want to be around too many people at the moment. ;) Be blessed and stay warm!

  4. So happy you are stocked for the cold ahead of us. It is beautiful here today but we are expecting 16 on Saturday the day my sister is moving!

    1. I hope you were able to get your sister all moved!

  5. Goodness gracious! It was 83F here today. Stay warm.

    1. Wow...that is warm. Our kids in Vegas were saying it was abut that there too but the cold is coming in.

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