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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Our Winter Preparedness Checklist!


In our area we have skipped fall and gone from a hot and humid summer to a cold winter!  Normally, this time of year, we are enjoying days in the upper 60's and 70's and getting outside projects done, but not this year!  Currently, the temperature is dropping, it's 38 degrees going down to the 20's overnight with rain and a breezy wind blowing.  It's quite miserable outside!

Since we lost our prime 'getting ready for winter' time (fall) I'm scurrying around trying to make sure we have everything ready for the winter temps we are experiencing.  Here's my check-list:

Wood for the woodstove … we have enough to last the winter but will be cutting more as the weather allows.

Well-stocked pantry … Done  (and inventoried)!



Herbal meds for colds and flu … I need to make some shower balls for stuffy nose's along with a couple of other things, so this is an area I need to work on.

Essential oils for colds and flu … Done!

Vehicle maintenance for winter … hubby suspects we are going to need a new battery. 

Garden ready for winter … Done!

Greenhouse ready for winter … Done!

Chicken coop winterized … need to put some fresh straw in the nests and this job will be completed.

Plenty of blankets and quilts ready for use … Done!

Pump house ready for winter … Done!

Electric blanket added to bed and ready for use … it's on the bed and all I need is to plug the cord into the blanket.  We like to turn it on about an hour before going to bed to get the bed warm and then turn it off when we go to bed.

Are you ready for winter?  Has winter come early to your area?


patsi

She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27



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14 comments:

  1. Yes, same here! Miserable cold. The rain was past us by noon. I am thankful for our warm, cozy home and hot food and drinks along with blankets and warm clothing.

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    1. Lana, I am thankful for the very same things!

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  2. Yes, it has arrived early here also. I am always glad when I don't have to go out and can stay inside! Nancy

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    1. Nancy, you are indeed blessed that you don't have to go out in it! Stay warm!

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  3. I’m Lana P. From Missouri, just to differentiate me from the other Lana. We went from the 60’s over the weekend to ice and some snow yesterday. Woke up this morning to temps in the teens.

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    1. Lana P, that is quite a temperature drop, we had a similar drop but no snow or ice. Our temps got down into the 20's overnight, which for us is very, very, cold! Stay warm!

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  4. We rushed on Sunday to get things done. We were outside with a flashlight finishing up the last thing just after dark. We have snow, about two inches, on the ground and cold temps. It a little after 10 pm and the news said it is 12 with a feel like temp of 4. Brrr. Good news is a warm up is coming next week.

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    1. Wendi, Brrrr indeed! It got cold here last night but not that cold. Glad you got your preps done! Stay warm!

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  5. We really did not get a FAll here. It jumped right to winter!

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    1. Out My Window, it is the same here, I hope this doesn't mean we are going to have a long and hard winter!

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  6. With this bitter cold weather we have had this week and hubby out on a hunting trip it made me realize I'd be up the creek without a paddle if we had a power failure I have no clue how to start the whole house genny and with knee replacements I can't get down to turn on the gas logs. When he gets back we're getting the remote control type logs. Point and click. Old age and maybe being alone makes you reassess your emergency supplies. Toni

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    1. Toni, I totally agree! As we age or as our family size changes, we need to be mindful of what those changes will mean to our emergency supplies. Smart thinking on your part!

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  7. The complete opposite is happening here. We arrived home on Tuesday. After ten weeks of being away in the cooler parts of the country, arriving home to the high 300'sC, around Bushfires are raging to the north and the south of us making the air quality pretty ordinary. Bluey and I have huge amounts to get done to get the house and garden ready for what is going to be a hot and dry summer.

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    1. Jane, We had those scorching hot temps all summer long and it was miserable at times, I don't envy you those temps at all! Please be safe with those bushfires all around you.

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