I have to stay up past my usual bedtime this evening to make sure the stoves will be lit through the night. We’ve been fortunate, so far, avoiding having any pipes freeze, but I’m deeply suspicious of such luck. At least the freeze has enabled me to trudge out across the moonscape and retrieve some of the firewood I harvested over the summer and late fall. I don’t mind the cold weather too much, but it does seem to make the animals crazy. They’re the ones who have to stand and shiver in it this week.

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