Pioneer Woman at Heart
One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!
One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.
"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~
Saturday, January 4, 2014
Day 2 - No Hot Showers
After we cleaned up the living room, and put the last of the decorations away, I played around with creating my own pattern for bowl cozies. The kids wanted these for the larger bowls, so they could hold a hot bowl of soup. To explain better, they don't always eat sitting down, or at the table. Sigh. The first one I made (in the photo) is not tight enough in my opinion, so I'll be working on the pattern this week. And of course they suggested red to go with my new red and black rooster mugs. I'm fresh out of red cotton yarn, so if I don't get to the store today, this pattern will have to wait.
In case you are wondering, we (as of early morning of day 2) are not getting showers here yet today. We might yet, possibly later in the day, as the temperatures will be a teensy bit warmer. We do leave the cabinet doors open at night, we let water drip, and yet we still get frozen pipes (the cons of a very old house).
"Well, I sure hope we don't have any emergencies," I said looking the window at the 4 foot drift that runs from past the wood barn to the house.
"I'd have to pull a Dukes of Hazard if we do."
Response from Hubby when I told him this on the phone:
"Just be sure to keep it to the floor and don't let up."
Ha ha! I'll admit it was fun imagining myself doing donuts out there where the old truck was parked. And where there was very little snow on the ground. And where it was conveniently parked so that there was no way to get it off the property without plowing through a drift of at least 4 feet or more.
We are due to get more snow and wind tomorrow, with possibly up to 8 more inches. Looks like I may get more time to crochet that baby blanket after all.
The news forecast called this next storm a "walloping storm." and they also stated, "An even colder and longer arctic outbreak can be expected next week. This could bring epic, record breaking cold!"
Now...who wouldn't be jumping for joy?
Okay, I'm just pointing out that it is difficult to stay joyful in "difficult" situations. So, I'm trying to look for the positive in all this today.
Today I am thankful for:
~ cold running water, I can brush my teeth, heat it to wash my face etc. Reminds me of the joy of camping.
~ my son home today, so I can borrow his car to restock supplies
~ for the sunshine that recharged my solar canning lid light (I use it camping in the summer, and in the winter it makes a nice back up light,and a night light for the bathroom)
~ the tiny birds that fly in and out of the barns (they remind me that they are so small, yet can withstand the cold, find food, and survive harsh elements)
~ knowing that God doesn't give us anything we can't handle, and that anything done with the intent to harm us, He turns it into something good.
~ two more brand new heat lamp bulbs to warm my hard working chickens
~ all the coffee we were gifted for Christmas, otherwise we'd be out right now
~ books on hand to read
~ again, leftovers
~the sunshine again today, in hopes it will help warm up the house and thaw the hot water pipes
Update: Hot water is flowing as of noon today! YAY!