What a crazy few months! Running the homestead while hubby is out on the truck has been an adjustment. I have been getting the house ready for winter. Firewood is being delivered a pickup truck load at a time so that we have the wood needed for the winter season. So far the temps have been mild, but I am not holding my breath. Back when Little Miss was a toddler, we had a very mild start to winter only to have a blizzard on Christmas Eve.
This weekend, I am putting plastic up on the windows to help keep an drafts out. Even with double-pane windows, sometimes the cold can sneak in. Putting the plastic up will help prevent that.
A neighbor got an extra deer this past season. They brought to me the meat from a large buck. I roasted it all up and cut into stew meat before pressure canning the entire thing. Now, I have a pantry shelf loaded with venison to use throughout the winter months and into spring.
Once the daytime temps are consistently staying down in the 35-50 degree range, I will be buying a 50# bag of russet potatoes. These will stay fresh and not grow sprouts all winter long.
I am buying a few sweet potatoes this week to allow to grow sprouts. The sprouts are allowed to grow to be about 6 inches long. Once they are long enough, I carefully break them off of the sweet potatoes and set them into a jar of water to grow roots. By spring, I will have a good size batch of sweet potato slips to plant into the garden.