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.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Record Low Temps ~ Dehydrating Garlic

Last night, we hit an all time record low.  When Hubby called me from work about 7pm, it was already -17°F (actual temperature), with a wind chill of lower than -35°F.  The dogs are not taking the cold well at all.  My son said their legs start shaking after a few minutes outside to do their business.  Some times they won't even go, and he'll have to go out again.   It's too early to tell how the barn animals handled it.  As soon as the sun is up, we plan to do a quick check on them all.

When my 17 year-old daughter came in from tending her goats, she said it was so cold it hurt to breathe.  I agree.  I opened the door to call for the barn cats, and the air felt like it was suffocating me.

I got a text from my 19 year-old.  Her heater in her car has been broken, and we've been trying to meet up and have Hubby fix it.  She said her hands hurt so bad, driving home in this extreme cold, that she cried.  She's also having to stop and scrape ice from the inside of her car.  I plan to try and get "old faithful" out of the driveway, and gas her up today.  She's got a bad tire, so that will need air about every day, and I'll need to put wood in the back to keep her from sliding off the road.  But, the old truck has heat.  I'm offering it to her, in hopes it will get her back and forth to work safely, and until Hubby can do his magic on her car.  Praying that I can get her started in these temperatures as well.  She's a 20-25 minute drive (when the weather is good), so I may have to deliver "old faithful" to her vs. her driving all the way out here and risk her life.  Please say a prayer it all works out.

We made it through without frozen pipes (update:  Hot water pipes are frozen in the kitchen and front bathroom).  I had to practically run the water to keep things from freezing.  Hubby never made it home however.  Work would not allow employees to leave until 11:00pm, and after I suggested he get a hotel room, his work paid for it.  Driving home in those temperatures, at that hour (and he has an hour drive) could be deadly.  

I am running low on my homemade powdered garlic, so I dug out my dehydrator and sliced more garlic.  I will have to double or triple this amount for next year.  There are things I tried last year, that I will be doing again, and things I won't.  This is one I will be doing, but I will freeze my blueberries and not dehydrate them.  

I hope everyone is staying safe, warm, and that tumm


Willow said...

Hang in there , this too shall pass.
We had a brief stint of it , 16 inches of snow then below zero temps then only a few days later we got 40's and 55 yesterday ! The weather has been bonkers. Bt we live in New England so things change quickly around the coast.

Mama Pea said...

Not a good situation your daughter has with her car having no heat. When we first moved up here, we had a VW Beetle with a heater that never worked properly. Hubby had a 30 minute drive into work and had to put on so many clothes to try to stay warm that he could hardly get into the VW. Our "other" car was an old, old Suburban that had a good heater, but wouldn't start for beans in below zero weather. What we all don't go through, huh?

We had a low of -14° overnight so I think this weather is breaking. I'm ready. Stay warm and safe.

Unknown said...

We have it easy here- 30 degrees and 1" of snow tonite. On and off for the next few days. I feel bad watching the news in my nice, warm house, while the whole mid-west, south and NE suffers. Ah well, I guess it's good where we wound up. That may change over time....

Sandra said...

The weather has been awful!
Thankfully no frozen pipes.
Your poor daughter, I would have been crying too!
Stay warm!! I think the worse is over!

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Mama Pea,
Funny you mention a VW Beetle. That is what my daughter drives.

EMMA said...

My dear, that sounds terrible. Hope it warms up soon and that you all, animals included, stay safe and warm.