The weather has finally taken a turn for the better. The freezing tempatures have been a pain since we aren't used to it and the house isn't really built for it. The lowest I tempature we had was 19 degrees, but for us that's a pain. I had to put a couple lights in the pump house to keep the compressor and the well pump from freezing. Even with those the connection between the pump and the pipe got a small crack somehow and it currently dribbling a small amount of water constantly causing the water in the house to occasionally spit and sputter from air getting into the line.
The first day of the freezing weather a storm took out power lines all over the area and around twenty thousand people were out of power. It is actually pretty amazing that everyone had power restored by that night. We were in the last group to have the power restored because the line ends at our house. If the line goes through and affects more people then it will be fixed sooner. We realized we need to have a bigger stockpile of seasoned wood available just in case. It would be fairly easy for the roads to get messed up leave us stranded for a few days without power. When all you have is the fireplace for heat you quickly see why pioneer houses were so small.
With the weather turning for the better I know I have a lot to do in order to get ready for this years garden. Today I had to fix the chicken tractors because the poultry netting had degraded in the sunlight and the now the chickens could claw through it and climb out. I added a layer of metal chicken wire to each one and now they are safe to move around the yard again. This week the girls are out of school and I need to get some tilling done and start some peppers and tomatoes.