Cold weather warning preparation

According to the weather forecasters, colder weather is heading our way (but we’ll see what Mother Nature has to say about that).  We’ve put fresh hay in the coon dog houses, put plastic covered mesh over the summer windows of the hen-house, padded Roscoe’s new digs (he has moved to the upper part of the smokehouse).

Roscoe's old bed in his new house in the grainery attached to the smokehouse.
Roscoe’s old bed in his new house in the grainery attached to the smokehouse.
He has so much room to run now and when I go out there he follows me through the rafters poking his head in between the lumber up there.
He has so much room to run now and when I go out there he follows me through the rafters poking his head in between the lumber up there.
Hi mom!!
Hi mom!!
He is so much fun to watch.
He is so much fun to watch.

We started putting dry wood on the front porch again to keep us warm.

East end of porch is full.
East end of porch is full.
Front edge will be filled from the wood house.
Front edge will be filled from the wood house.
West end will be filled in the next two days.
West end will be filled in the next two days.

I also brought in some canned green beans, tomatoes, october beans, potatoes, delicata squash and cabbage from the cellar.  I also buttoned down the storm windows to keep the wind out. Hoping it won’t get real bad if I’m prepared ahead of time.  I’m not sure if that really happens or not but I’ll try anything.  I don’t like the sixty and seventy degree days in November and December and definitely not January.  Eddie found a cherry tree on the mountain in bloom and the maple sap is running.  We had about three weeks of really cold temps and the sap went down and now it thinks it spring and time to run again.  This messed up our maple sugar processing last year and afraid it may have again.  I’m more worried about the honey bees and their survival in this crazy weather.

Hope you all stay warm on this last day of December 2015 and keep those prayers coming for all of those unfortunate people out west dealing with flooding and snow storms.  Be thankful for what you have and truly appreciate all that God has blessed us with!



Author: countrygirllifeonthefarm

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother that lives on a farm in Craig County, Virginia and I am retired. I love to cook, read, quilt, craft, garden, hunt and take long walks in the woods. I have one gorgeous teen granddaughter, a wonderful little grandson and two beautiful and caring children, boy & girl. I've been married to my farmer husband for 46 years and he's the "love of my life"!! I love doing things the "old" way such as canning, making maple syrup & cider, handcrafts and baking. I've taught myself to crochet, embroider, and quilt with help from my paternal grandmother. I could read until the cows come home. We live off the products we raise and hunt for the most part. We run 75 head of cattle on our farm, 30 chickens, three rabbits and one dog. I help my husband with the cattle, feeding the livestock, hauling in firewood, fence repair, and general maintenance on the farm. I was a stay-at-home mom to my children and then went to work when they finished high school. I was a cook at a School for At-Risk Teens and part-time substitute teacher. Then I started work at our local Farm Bureau and stayed there for 17 years. I worked at Virginia Tech for almost five years and decided to take early retirement in July of 2015. NOW, I'm a full-time farmwife and loving every minute of it! I love to read fiction and the Bible. I'm currently hooked on quilting novels and Annie's Attic mysteries. I started this blog in 2011 and have met so many interesting bloggers and have kept up with my friends through my blog. I love to hunt with my bow and rifle and with a camera. We hunt to fill the freezer and cellar but would never kill anything for the fun of it. I have friends and family all over the United States. Some of my ancestry last names are Bradley, Dickson, Hylton, and Rose. I've lost both of my parents to brain cancer and miss them very much. I have one sister and four living brothers. I was raised in Paint Bank VA and moved to New Castle VA when I married. I went to school in Waiteville, WV, Gap Mills, WV and New Castle Va with a short semester of college at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke VA.

2 thoughts on “Cold weather warning preparation”

  1. Strange weather these past few years brings a lot of questions. For us, it has been drought and whether we will have enough water. This year, luckily, seems to be a bit more normal and I think (dare I say it?) that our drought has ended! Whew! I saw this morning the terrible flooding in the midwest states and feel so bad for them. It’s always good to be prepared for winter – whatever may come. Roscoe is such a cutie! Have a great New Year!


    1. I’m not sure how much more those people in the west can stand. I don’t want them to suffer anymore but I also don’t want that mess in the east either.

      I wish you could meet Roscoe in person. Our daughters dog was in the building with us on Tuesday and Roscoe kept whining. We think he was afraid and wanted Mommie but he was very safe in the rafters.

      Cindy is sick again. I think she gets constipated so I’ve added some greens to her daily diet and she’s at least out of her oatmeal box this morning and wanted me to caress her bellie and around her back where her tail attaches. I’ll do that a couple times today if it makes her feel better.

      Happy New Year Vickie and hope your last day in 2015 is very rewarding!


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