December brought about very cold days here at the Valhalla homestead. With our fire stove running overtime, our firewood supplies were diminishing quite fast. So the plan for last Saturday was to split more firewood.
But when we woke up on Saturday morning, everything was covered in a thick layer of snow. So much snow!
I had to drop most of the plans I had for the weekend and start shovling snow. Although we have a big yard, we only needed a few pathways cleared up, so our trusty snow shovel was everything we needed.
The biggest challenge was getting back to the city on Monday morning. The snow
Slow speed and good winter tiers helped us get to and from the city for the rest of the week, but our commute time also extended considerably. These slippery roads somehow brought us to save a dog, bu that’s another story.
Clearing out the snow off the car and from our parking space was a daunting task. But hey, I said it once, I’ll say it again: farm fit all the way!
Yesterday the temperatures went back up and snow started melting off the roofs. This is a big danger around here as the packed damp snow is really heavy and can injure anyone standing under the roof.
I made it a habit to clear out all the icicles from our roof and gutters twice every day to prevent them from getting too big. The photo you see above is actually a big chunk of snow-ice that is about to fall off our roof in a non-circulated area. I think it looks crazy amazing so we’re going to leave it there since there’s no danger of hurting people.
I used a bunch of styrofoam pieces I had laying about and insulated the floor before adding a pillow and a comfy blanket over it. I closed all the gaps in the side walls with more styrofoam and I made a door out of an old piece of hard cloth.
Now Ragnar has a nice place to stay warm when he doesn’t feel like running through the snow all day. Which he does. A lot. And that’s not all he likes about winter, he also seems to enjoy Christmas lights.
Having our dog inside a warm house got me thinking about all the birds we have around the homestead. With so much snow around it must be near impossible for them to find any food, so today I plan on making an improvised bird feeder and try getting them some food for the winter.