It’s seems my entire clan has come down with a viscous head cold overnight. My teeth ache, my throat stings,and the baby kept me up all night with her coughing and nursing.


(Here’s a picture of my dog refusing to get out of bed this morning, she’s no dummy.)

We are dosing ourselves heavily with rest, hot tea with elderberry syrup, raw honey, and soup made with bone broth.

Additionally, the hard freeze finally came overnight, so I get to do all my chores in an icy world this morning.


Grump grump grump.

All the rabbit water bottles froze overnight, so I need to find water crocks for them. I need 10, so I can switch them out twice a day and just bring the frozen ones in.

Grump grump grump.

Chores will now take at least twice as long as they did in the summer. Mostly because I have Reynauds disease and have to stop to warm my hands up frequently.


Grump grump grump.

Today I need to excavate all the hats, gloves and mittens, and pray that they aren’t full of mouse nests.


Additionally, our running water is supplied via an outdoor gravity system using hoses. Now that the hard freezes are likely to happen on a nightly basis, we need to dismantle the system and bring the components to where the big(ger small) house is being built.

No more running water for me in the teeny yurt. I’m a sad glad panda.


My husband is pretty much a polar bear, or an arctic Fox ;-). As soon as it starts freezing he comes back to life. This is good for me, it means the winter animal barn, smoking shed, house and root cellar will all start to be finished projects instead of in-progress projects.

Of course my ideal temperature range is 65-72, so I’m hard-pressed to leave the warmth of my house, and spend as little time outside as possible once Temps start falling below freezing.


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