Farmers Almanac has predicted this to be the winter of all winters and expect it to be colder with more snow than in recent years. There is also a chance it will last longer into the spring than any of us would prefer. The winter of 2014 already well upon us and 2015 is getting very close now. I hope you have taken the necessary steps to protect your family and other interests this year.
It seems there’s never an end of things to do when you have as many projects as we do. We’ve done a ton of winter prep including turning the garden plots under and piling the compost high to bake through the winter. When spring comes we’ll have a nice pile of rich soil to plant our spring starts in.
The rabbit hutch and chicken sheds have been equipped with heated lights and filled with nice piles of straw bedding for them to snuggle in. Our other outdoor projects and accessories have been neatly tucked away for the winter and the adults and dogs have retired into the house to enjoy a roaring fire and a cup of hot tea while old man winter does his thing.
In house we’ve sealed all the windows with plastic and we spent weeks going over the place looking for every crack and cranny that might allow the slightest trickle of cold air to get inside. So far it has been cold and wet outside but the house has been snug and warm. We have prepared a stockpile of basic supplies in case things get really bad and have a water storage as well as emergency power station available should we need them.
Batteries for flashlights, lamp oil and candles, a camp stove with a few small bottles of propane and a manual water pump made of PVC are a few of the supplies we have in case of an emergency. We also have a stockpile of food and wood for the stoves and are sure to be warm and fed through the worst winter can bring.
This is the time of year I focus on my writing business and making crafts for gifts and for sale during the holiday season and on through the spring and summer months. There’s a ton of things to do and a lot yet to finish. With Christmas getting very close now my schedule will be as hectic as it could be, probably more than any other time of the year.
I’ve decided on a couple of new projects this year and will be busy making them happen. Wooden toys and other handmade wooden gifts, PVC bows and compound bows, some wood burning projects along with writing a ton of online content is my full time schedule from about November 1st until New Years.
You would think I could catch a short break at the beginning of the New year, but that’s actually when things start picking up. I have some new ideas for fresh irons in the fire and am not yet down the list of projects already made.
This spring I’ll be extra busy trying to further myself and my family with a broad variety of new projects like soap making, candle making and maybe even some wine making(I’m looking forward to that).
I hope everyone can stay snug and warm this winter and wish you all Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas. May you and all your families be blessed this season and bring you a wonderful and Happy New Year.