We don’t get much snow here in Oregon, but this last week has been a true pleasure. We have been encased in a winter wonderland for a few brief days so we are reveling in the joy and beauty of it.
There was a sweetness and coziness to being stuck at home with the whole family…no running to town for this or that. Just cooped up in the warm house with the stove cranking away. The icy cold temperatures outside deliciously contrasting the toastiness of the wood heat inside.
In 2009, we had quite a bit of snow for a week. We lost power and water during Christmas for six days. It was an adventure. We melted tubs of snow on the woodstove to have water for flushing our toilet or to just wash our hands. Thankfully, we did have a woodstove top to do this. We were able to cook on it. Beans, soup and eggs were a staple.
Since that time, when we notice a storm coming, we fill up the bathtubs (just in case). You can’t imagine how nice a tub full of water is when you need it.
I also try to can things like beans and meat to have ready for easy heating in that situation.
Last Thursday, we heard that the storm was coming so we filled up the tubs, I ran to town to get some staples. Thankfully, the day before I had picked up 3 bags of chicken and 3 packages of bacon. I decided to can some of it, while we still had electricity. You just never know what will happen.
I canned 7 quarts of chicken breast on Thursday and 7 quarts of navy beans Friday. Very simple and rewarding.
We never lost power so it was doubly sweet. Snowed in with the family home AND electricity and running water…and bacon! We enjoyed yummy bacon and free-range eggs from our hens each morning.
Since we were sort of ‘snowed in’ and it felt like a vacation at home, I decided to make up a fiber batt to spin.
I used my favorite color combinations and decided that this yarn would be just for me. Merino wool, some bits of silk noil, grey farm wool, alpaca and some bronze bamboo. I have been so busy spinning for the shop that I rarely spin yarn that is just for my stash.
I moved my wheel so as to face a window. It’s very peaceful to sit and look out into the white snow. I am loving how the batt is spinning up.
It has been close to a good week of peaceful white landscape outside. Our chickens do not like the snow, they stay huddled in the coop, but it seems their close relations ventured out to search for tidbits or adventure. We saw their teeny footprints they left behind on our front porch, evidence of their journeys.