Little House on the Prairie Days

Brrrr!  Mother Nature is MAD!

This has had to have been some of the craziest weather that we’ve had in a long, long time.  According to the National Weather Service, we haven’t had temperatures this cold in over a century.  Ugh.  I am not a cold weather person.  Which I find hilarious because up until we moved here, we were looking at moving to Michigan or South Dakota!  Not quite sure what I was thinking.  Oh, I remember.  That was right after summer when I swore I couldn’t handle the heat anymore.  Some day I’ll look back at all this and laugh.  But not until spring arrives, at the earliest.

Bundled UP for cold weather




It’s difficult to laugh when you’re wearing numerous layers of clothing.  Two pairs of socks, jeans, Carhart bibs (padded), sweater, another sweater, heavy jacket, FOUR hats, giant scarf, and two pairs of gloves.  And I’m still chilly.  Those ducks better appreciate this!




The other night we had an unusual weather phenomenon occur.  Frigid temps rose to about 40 degrees.  Then around 3 in the morning, the wind blew like crazy, rain came, and temps dropped to 20 degrees within minutes.  I thought for sure we were in Kansas.  In the morning, the fields were littered with these:

Snow Rollers

Snow Rollers!

It looked like giants were out bowling all night with snowballs!  I guess these only happen during certain conditions – kind of like the perfect snow ball storm.

The next day brought us more winter surprises.  NOT the good kind.  I crawled out of bed around 5 a.m. to a freezing house.  The furnace went out!  Luckily we have a wood burner that we use as our main heat source.  Love, love, love that thing!

We started about our day as usual.  Suddenly, everything went dark.  NO POWER!!!!  After a brief moment of panic I became quite excited.  No balancing the checkbook, no washing the dishes, no laundry, no vacuuming, no computer work.  Just quiet.  I could sit on the couch wrapped in a toasty blanket and read.  ALL DAY LONG!  I was ecstatic!!!

Thinking ahead, I put on a big pot of beans.  I would use the wood stove just like they did in the old times!  I filled my pan with beans, chopped some onions and garlic, and added enough water to cover all the beans and then some.  At least we’d have a warm dinner.

Dried beans cooking on wood stove


Aaaah.  I love being unplugged.

But just as I was getting ready to get settled in with a book… the gosh darn power came back on!!!  NO!  NO!  Nooooooooo!

So much for that.  Now I felt guilty even thinking about putting chores off.  I lost my greatest excuse ever.  Bummer.  But at least dinner was cooking and the house smelled warm and inviting all day.

Is it selfish of me to hope for another snow day with no power?  If only I could be Laura Ingalls just for a day… everything seemed just a little simpler back then.  No, not easy.  Just simple.


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