"Getting out of bed in the mornings proved to be challenging, even while dressed in multiple layers. We strategically placed a portable space heater in one room at a time, and then we'd all stay huddled up there as long as possible."
Perhaps my procrastination to write about our first winter at our new farm lead to the delay of spring. Mother Nature wants us to be timely in our endeavors, right? I may have missed the opportunity at all had spring crept in at its usual time, not wanting to post photos of snow covered trees when our friends and neighbors had already started breaking out the t-shirts and lawnmowers. Ok, Mother Nature, you win (as usual). Now that this story has surfaced, can we finally move onto something resembling planting weather? Thank you.
Winter came in with a vengeance after Christmas, dolling out weeks on end of double digit negative temperatures with wind chills straight out of something resembling Hoth in the Star Wars movie. We were thankful that a previous homeowner had put in good windows some year ago, but the house still showed us many inefficiencies when it came to heat flow. Our front entry way (aka laundry room) was devoid of any heat source due to the laundry plumbing being pulled through the only heating duct many moons before our time. This lead to mornings (I kid you not) where I would walk downstairs from my bedroom and see my breath. Chris and I had to give up our super warm Korean blankets to the kids and use our electric mattress pad to find comfort. Getting out of bed in the mornings proved to be challenging, even while dressed in multiple layers. We strategically placed a portable space heater in one room, and then we'd all stay huddled up there as long as possible.
We were able to get some things done around the house, like painting the living room, and just recently, finishing our laundry room! Earlier this week we had the furnace duct work reconnected into the front room and can already tell a difference in the heat flow throughout the house. The studio is now the coldest room of the house due to the attic access lacking insulation. We are hoping we can work on that in the upcoming years, though probably not anytime soon.
Chris started his seedlings last weekend and is so eager to get out to the garden. Any nice day that came along, though very few and far between, he was outside working on clearing the forest, or checking the trees in the orchard for life. The pictures posted here are his, and they do remind us of the beauty of winter on the farm. I was able to spend a lot of time in the kitchen enjoying the opportunity to create new smells and test my ever-evolving chemistry skills with respect to my craft. I'll be happy when I can take these new findings out into our local communities and share them with happy festival goers.
We lost one hen in the late of spring, otherwise all the animals survived. For many of them, this was their first winter ever and maybe they're wondering how the hell they ended up in Wisconsin. Me? As much as I am not the avid winter sportswoman, I will take the long Wisconsin winter in the country to any season in the desert. Anyday…except in June. Don’t test me, Mother Nature.