December 5, 2016

How to Prepare for Winter Storms

We have snow in the forecast this week. Some of you have already had snow, but there's plenty more to come. Even here in Oklahoma we can have a blizzard or two, and ice storms are a given.

Ice storms are more likely to interrupt our electric service. We've been without power for days at a time in the past; we weathered it well because we were stocked up with food and supplies.

Both snow and ice impact our homestead though. We have livestock to keep warm and fed. So when there's a storm in the forecast, I go into super-preparedness mode.

How to prepare for winter storms

We have food and water on hand, but if there are any immediate needs we head to town long before the day the weather will hit. If you wait until the last minute you'll likely find empty shelves when you get to the store.

Make sure you have:

  • enough food to last at least a week (we check the "power's out" kit in case we need to replace things)
  • livestock feed
  • dog and/or cat food
  • bottled water
  • batteries for flashlights and weather radio
  • fuel for your heat source and, if you have one, the generator
  • lamp oil if you have oil lamps

While you're in town, top off your gas tank.

At home, do the following:

  • move hay and feed to a dry place that's easy for you to access during storms
  • move snow shovels inside the garage or mudroom where you can reach them easily
  • gather water containers that you can use to haul water to livestock, keep indoors or in garage
  • fill containers (such as empty canning jars and cleaned-out juice bottles) with water for drinking
  • gather the components for a straw box cooker and keep in the house or garage
  • provide fresh, clean bedding for animals and poultry
  • fill feeders and water troughs
  • I stash a small sledge hammer under the horses' trough so I can break the ice

Before the storm hits:

  • cook something! I like to put a hearty meal in the crockpot, and bake bread before the storm hits
  • do the dishes and laundry. If the power goes out, you'll have clean dishes and clothes.
  • charge cell phones (if needed, you can recharge them with a car charger later on)
  • keep your weather radio, flashlights, candles and matches, and other items in a convenient place

I keep an notebook and pen handy so that I can journal about the storm, what we did, what worked and what didn't, and what I've learned from the storm. I reread these notes each winter and especially when storms are predicted. For instance, I've learned from experience that I need to shovel snow away from gates often during a storm so that I can open the gates and tend to the livestock. I had to climb fences after one storm!

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December 4, 2016

Silver Sunday and Being Thankful

And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver... Psalm 12:6 NIV

I am thankful to the Lord, my God, for:

- my Bible
- the horses' fuzzy winter coats
- a special lunch
- our veterinarian
- rain
Silver Sunday

In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; His kingdom will never end.”
Luke 26:33 NIV


December 1, 2016

November 30, 2016

Foods to Can During the Winter

Canning in winter? Am I crazy, you ask?

Foods to can during winter.

Absolutely not, I am perfectly sane. Well, some people might dispute that, but winter is a great time to can food.

November 29, 2016

A Slice of My Life


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