So.... forgot to write with Christmas going on! Have finally finished with the bathroom - except for painting, hardware to be found for TP etc, and figuring out the cupboards.
There is a hard freeze coming on so we're scurrying around trying to be ready. Went and bought 12 square bales of hay to give the cows more feed (=more energy) for the cold, and possibly to protect them.
Going for hay means driving the truck to Verner Farms and climbing up to get down the bales and hoisting them into the truck, then reversing that process at the barn when we get home. Everything we read online says cows are fine in the cold - but they are saying 6 degrees and who knows? Can't exactly put them in the iving room.
Woody is replacing lightbulbs for under the kitchen in the crawlspace to prevent the pipes from freezing, and doing something with the cow water hoses.
The chickens have started laying again at long last (almost none since Thanksgiving) including a little grey chicken (lavendar orpington) is starting up for the first time with her little mini-eggs. Yeah! Getting between 4-6 a day now.
Yesterday we went for bathroom paint and came home with an order for a dishwasher. Kinda pricey but the old one stopped draining out, and we thought rather than pay for a service call on a 13 year old machine we'd replace it.
The onions we planted don't look all that good - not sure if it is all the rain (6 inches in the last 2 weeks) or the cold (unusual cold? Or do I just forget every year). We scrounged bags of leaves from Beulah Land up the street today - 13 trash bags full. Makes great mulch and compost material.
Woody is starting a fire early today - so cold in the house but the fire helps a lot. The first winter we were here we didn't have the fireplace and no amount of longjohns or sweaters would ever help enough!
Also went to the Ace Hardware and got a new storm door for the front door. The whole hinge assembly just couldn't be fixed again, and the screen had been replaced too many times. Woody took it off before Christmas to investigate a new hinge but finally we decided instead of paying $20-30 at least for a new hinge to pay $90 for a whole assemble including new door. Had a coupon for it good today only - but will wait for it to warm up a little to fool with putting it on.