Homesteading with Jackie Clay

Well, today’s high is -9° F

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You can guess we're not doing much besides chores today. But, as spring is coming, I sat down and ordered some more fruit trees from our favorite orchard companies, Fedco Trees and St. Lawrence...

If you think zero is cold, how about -39° F?

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Yep, Saturday morning, our dependable weather station thermometer registered -39! We'd been expecting cold temperatures, so we were prepared for it but holy cow, did the log house creak and snap as it got...

Holy cow, did we get snow!

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We'd gotten a foot the day before yesterday and darned if we didn't get another 10 inches last night! We knew the snow and below zero temperatures were coming so Will and I set...

We had a wonderful After Christmas Day get together

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Both David and his family and Bill and his family had other family gatherings on Christmas day with the in-laws, so we settled on having our Christmas dinner a day later. No big deal....

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE

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We've been hoping for a respite from our darned catalog's mailing list problems and thought it was done; then today we found out somehow the internet fairies absconded with a third of the list!...

We finally got our Christmas tree up

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This year, because of our very active rescue kitten, Buffy, we tossed ideas around for days on where to put the tree. We could just envision Buffy running up and down it and knocking...

We just experienced really weird weather

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Now, in northern Minnesota, Christmas time generally results in snow, cold, and more snow. How weird it was to have 41° F ABOVE zero with a thunderstorm last night? We could hardly believe it....

We feel so very blessed

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After watching the news and seeing the devastation from the band of killer tornadoes that ravaged the center of the country, we feel so lucky to be living in a nice, warm house, with...

Christmas is sneaking up on us

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With the foot of new, fluffy snow, Christmas seems a lot closer now. And I remember Christmases in the past when I was pretty darned poor, with hardly any cash to buy Christmas presents...

We knew it was coming

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For a couple of days, the weather forecasts were for a very heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures, along with high wind. (Hey, we heard in Hawaii, they got 100 mph winds and a foot...