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It is sooooo cold

January 7th, 2010 at 02:34 am

And tomorrow, it is supposed to be -30. Yes, that is 30 below 0. That is cold.

We are stocked up (as usual). People laughed when I moved here and created a huge pantry in the basement. I did it because we are so far from a grocery store. In the past it has come in handy several times and I think it will again this week.

A fire is going, the heat is set at 63. The living room (where the fireplace is at, is 71 with the fire going).

Todays tip is barter when you can. We get all our firewood for free. It comes off our farm, but we have someone else cut it on shares. The other guy cuts and splits it. He keeps 2/3 and we get 1/3. Between our 2 farms, we have enough wood on the ground from recent storms and a tornado to last both houses probably 3 or 4 winters.

We do the same thing with our hay. We grow and fertilize it. 2 other farmers cut, rake and bale it. From the first cutting they get 2/3 and we get 1/3. For each additional cutting we split it 50/50. (A good year yeilds 3 cuttings of hay).

In years past I have bartered/traded several things, such as child care for piano or swiming lessons, had my house cleaned for mending.....just exchange your talent for someone elses.

4 Responses to “It is sooooo cold”

  1. momcents Says:


    I can't even fathom that - thirty below. I put flannel sheets on all the beds this AM. We're hoping for no school tomorrow.

  2. boomeyers Says:

    No school for us. I think they said -23? The wind has not started blowing yet. Will see what happens then.

  3. Broken Arrow Says:

    That's insane. Where I live, the water outside has frozen into ice, and I think that's cold enough.

  4. frugaltexan Says:

    Yikes! I thought 9 degrees with wind chill this am was bitter!

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