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Winterizing October 7, 2013

Filed under: cooking,family,homesteading,simplicity — ourprairiehome @ 9:31 pm
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This week, my beloved husband is taking his vacation.  We are spending it winterizing the home and fixing his pickup truck.

First up is getting the new propane line put in. We had copper lines but they needed replaced due to damage. Instead of using copper again, we are installing black pipe.  It goes in so much easier and the cost of the pipe is less than half what we paid a year ago for the copper. 

Next comes covering windows with plastic. This works great, especially on the older windows of the homestead.  I am adding a little more insulation as well to the bathroom. It is one of the rooms set to be remodeled. I am adding insulation around the old window where cold air can seep in.

Another winterizing project is preparing a firewood crate on the porch so I will have a ready supply of dry, seasoned firewood for the wood burning cookstove. We took the chainsaw to be sharpened this morning so that we will be able to tackle cutting the wood later this week.

Fixing the pickup is going to possibly be an all day job.  We bought it from a neighbor and our needs a could of minor things done. One being to put on a new steering column and wheel.  That will take the longest. The rest is simple stuff like checking it over well and possibly giving it a tune-up.  We want to get out working to be used as a second vehicle. He is trying to get a local truck driving job and will need the truck.

Ongoing winterizing projects that I have include crocheting winter gear. Hats, mittens, slippers, shawls, etc. all need to be made. The nights are getting cool enough that crocheting is being done more often.

I found on a free setting pattern website the instructions and patterns for making a fleece cape with hood in both a child and adult size. It has the option for no hood as well. I am considering making the cape for both my daughter and I using fleece on the outside and a different fabric inside. Made to be waist length, it would be warmer than a shawl when on outings.

In the upcoming week, I am going to be canning winesap apples from our tree. I plan to make pie filling as well as apple butter.  Might even use a few apples to make stewed apples to go with dinner one night while Joe is still home.

Of all the seasons, autumn has always been my favorite. I enjoy the winter preparations. I always look forward to that first day when I can use the wood cookstove to make our meals. I love having a stock pot of a soup or stew simmering on the stove all day. With a simmer plate under the stock pot or dutch oven, I use it just like a slow cooker.

I guess the nostalgia never wears off.  This is definitely one of my favorite parts of our lifestyle.

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