After the nearly 3 weeks of Arctic weather, we were due for a reprieve. Daughter and family had moved out nearly all of their furniture that had been moved in for their period of house sharing with us and our furniture that had been relocated to other parts of the house or stored returned. Jim and I dismantled the bunk bed, storing the full size bottom bunk in the garage until they could pick it up yesterday and the twin size top bunk set up in a corner of the basement to provide another place to put family members if we have too many for the other beds. The smaller south bedroom was scrubbed down, vacuumed, dusted, and the full size bed, tall chest, nightstand, and rocking chair returned to it. New Navy blue curtains were hung, but once out of the package, I realized that they are not lined, so some lining fabric will be purchased and I will make the lining and sew it in.
Monday was supposed to be the first warmer day and the grand’s first day at their new school, but Ole Man Winter decided to play a trick and instead of a warmer dry day, we got an ice storm warning. Schools closed throughout the region in anticipation and we ended up with the grands with us. Grandson arrived in a too small knit hat that looked like a mouse had chewed it. He helped me pick yarns and I told him I would trade him a new hat for the one he was wearing
Though initially we thought that it was unnecessary to close the schools, we did indeed get ice. We got the grands home before it got too bad, but Monday night Jim went out to try to get the two male dogs back in and slipped, landing hard on his hip. I didn’t hear him calling for help until he had crawled back to the front porch in pain. As the night wore on, his more intense pain subsided, but he has continued to have a lot of soreness, not enough to keep us from our walks when weather permitted. Tuesday the schools were to be delayed two hours to give the roads a chance to clear, but by 9 a.m., they again closed. We were unsure we could get down our mountain road to get the grands, so SIL had to wait for the alternative care program to get straightened out and took the kids there, going in to work late.
The week did finally warm up and we enjoyed a few nice day, enough for the ice on the creeks and the blocks from the chicken watering pan to thaw. Each day the pan was dumped and fresh water poured in and the yard and chicken run were littered with blocks the shape of the pan or the bucket. Friday we got much needed rain, and mud. The dogs come and go through the front door as the deck repair is still in progress out the back. Late Friday, the rain turned to sleet then to snow and the temperature dropped. It was 40ºf colder yesterday than Friday. We got no more than a dusting as the snow blew horizontally until early afternoon when the wind died down, the clouds broke but the thermometer didn’t rise. Our high yesterday was 21. Last night to 10.
The cold, blustery, snowy day encouraged me to continue putting the house together, the front bedroom received the same treatment that the other one got last weekend. The walls swept down, windows and floor vacuumed and mopped or wiped down, fresh linen on the bed, the heavy quilt that has been stored for 3 years was returned to the bed and new insulated, room darkening curtains hung.
Friday night when they came to pick up their dog and two housecats, he got his new hat, just in time for yesterday’s frigid weather.
He had it on yesterday when they came to get the bed and a few more boxes. I hope it keeps him warm as we endure another week of subfreezing days and bitter nights before the next break. In the meantime, I am again accumulating blocks of ice from the water pans and buckets and though I thought I only got 1 egg yesterday, this morning when I let the hens out into the yard, I found 4 more, frozen and cracked in a corner of the coop, not in nesting boxes where they could be found.