Today the weather warmed up enough (close to 60 degrees) that I am hanging clothes out on the line. I love to see clean wash flapping in the breeze and sunshine. The wind still has the arctic chill to it reminding one that winter is not over yet.
We've had a couple skiffs of snow to whiten the landscape and one bad ice storm in January with temperatures below freezing that had me housebound for over a week. Dwight with his 4-wheel drive truck brought in Dana's meds, milk and bread for me as I couldn't get out. The snowplow doesn't come down our dead end road and the hill out to the main road faces north so it is slow to melt off here in the forest of the Big South Fork.
My daffodils are already poking their heads out of the ground. It's so exciting to see tiny green shoots appear on the barren ground because it lets me know that spring is coming. Meanwhile I'll keep my wood-stoves going on rainy cold days.
We didn't get in as much wood as we would have liked for the winter and with January being colder our wood supply was running low. So a couple of weekends, Dwight cut up some dead trees in our woods to help tide us over. Case and I helped carry wood and stack it in the wood shed as well as replace wood on the porch and inside for me, which is such a blessing as I wear out quicker than I used to do. Meanwhile toting wood, cleaning out the ashes in the stoves, and carting water to the animals each day keeps me in shape. Cold days finds me cooking up mash as well to pamper the dear hens.
I also love to bake, do up a batch of homemade bread, and make a huge pot of soup when wintry winds are blowing outside. I hate to leave the warmth inside and double up on my clothing to brave the frigid temperatures outside when it’s time to go feed my animals. But what joy to come back inside and toast my body beside a crackling fire with a cup of hot tea as a fat lazy cat curls up on the rug at my feet.
During cold days I’ve been doing some much needed cleaning inside. One week I cleaned out my closet in the master bedroom. I couldn’t believe all the stuff I had stuck in there that needed sorting out. Doing a room each month helps me to keep more on top of things- at least that is my goal. It’s amazing how dirt and everything piles up.
This winter I decided not to start tomatoes etc on my dining room table. It takes a lot of work to set it up and then keep up with the growing plants. So I chose to take a year off of my indoor greenhouse. In the meantime I am enjoying the bright blossoms of my geranium and impatiens that I brought inside and are sitting on a sunny windowsill beside my computer along with the other blooming plants that I have indoors while freezing winds howl outside.
Stay warm on your end and have a Happy Valentine’s Day!