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Our bitter cold is holding tight but the end is in sight — 14 Comments

  1. thanks Jackie, paws aren’t as tough as one would think. I’ve seen lots of damage in my years as a Vet Tech. I have a couple of those wusses myself, boston terriers, Bugs “bounces” until I get his favorite towel and dry him off and Julie just looks at me as if to say “Well whats the hold up” I think the 4 legged people are smarter than us most days.lol Hondo sounds like a pretty smart guy to me!

  2. Laura,

    We don’t leave our pets out when its so cold. Like us, they go out and promptly do their “thing” and come back in. They’re smarter than we are; we are cold and still stay out to finish some chore. They run for the door and demand to be let back into the warm house. Hondo is such a wuss that when he’s been out in the cold, he comes running in through the front door and jumps up and down in front of me. I’m supposed to sit in my chair and take hiim up in my lap until his feet warm up. Now he’s getting so big, I’m trying to convince him that he can sit on the floor by me and let me hold his cold feet, one at a time. He sighs and lets me. Usually.

  3. Love the trim and the chainsaw sharpener, how clever! You will love the laminate,mine’s survived 15 years, grandkids,dogs and husband. its in my kitchen and laundry area lots of heavy traffic and looks good as new. I’ve often wondered about your pets and their paws and ear tips how do you keep them from freezing/chap /frostbite in such harsh winter conditions?
    So glad Will got back into those gloves quickly !

  4. All,

    Our entryway, 8′ inside the door will be slate or large tile with rugs, hopefully to catch that snow/wet BEFORE it comes in. And we’ll also keep our two big braided rugs right after that for more drip catching. Hopefully the dogs’ paws will be dry before they hit the laminate. Now if I can just teach Will to wipe his paws…..

  5. You wil love the laminate flooring, I’ve had some of mine for almost 13 years and never had any problems with it swelling due to water. I have three dogs and they do not scratch it with their claws, it’s tough stuff!

  6. I had to chuckle. On Duck Dynasty, Jase made the comment once that if you give a redneck some wood, nails and screws, he can make anything. Your Will reminds me of that.

  7. I have some of this flooring and love it! However make sure to watch for water spots as a nickel size spot gone unnoticed can make a swelled up area!! Mine has been down for 12 years and looks good, but it is so easy to come in with snowy boots and get water on it. I have maybe 2 swelled spots, will happen on the seams. You may have to teach the dog to wipe his paws when he comes in! Stay warm Jackie!

  8. A word of caution. You might want to wait until you can open up the house to put the new floor down. The fumes off of that kind of stuff caused me to lose my voice for two weeks. Plus extreme headaches. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

  9. My seeds came Monday. I can still picture Will sitting at the table lovingly counting my seeds. BIG SMILE

  10. I love the way you finished the corners of the trim, I would have never thought of doing it that way. Good luck with the warm up, I too, am tired of the cold and snow.

  11. Sarah,

    Here, they don’t close schools unless it’s -50 degrees! That’s pretty cold to have kids waiting outside for a bus!!

  12. I feel your pain about the weather. I live in Illinois so it’s not quite as bad but close enough. What amazes me is the school districts that have had kids going during these freezing temperatures! Can’t wait to see how the new floor looks!