Our house is old and the old windows, even with storms, are drafty. When it is really cold, I put pieces of foam insulation in the windows to keep the heat indoors vs evaporating out through the windows. It's a bit of a solution but it looks so ugly. You probably know I am not a fan of ugly. Clutter is fine but ugly drives me a bit crazy. And I really hate not having light pouring into the house. I find myself depressed and moody. Luckily, the weather has warmed up and 20 degrees feels like a heatwave. I still put the foam in the windows at night but at least I can let the sunlight in during the days. To keep the kitchen pipes from freezing, I keep 100 watt bulbs lit in the cabinet under the sink so the pipes don't burst. Knock on wood, that hasn't happened yet but I do know people who have had that happen and it is a real mess and inconvenience, never mind the expense. So far so good.
The Farmer has been busy just trying to keep the sheep fed. You can't imagine how the severe cold impacts the farm. The diesel tractor wouldn't start for days. The frost free water hydrant froze. The bales of haylage were frozen solid. Luckily his brother also farms just across the road and they can help each other out when one of the tractors is broken or the water is out. And he had put up some dry hay so the sheep were able to eat that. Amazingly, the sheep and Great Pyrenees Guard Dogs don't mind the cold nearly as much as the humans. They just continue along as if normal.
Julia is off from the local community college for another couple of weeks. She is signed up for classes again next semester and seems to be enjoying her classes and the professors quite a bit.
That is it from here. I hope you all had a lovely holiday season and are looking forward to 2018. I'll be back more now that I have started up blogging again. I've got to get myself organized and plan the year out. What do you have planned for 2018?