Although we have had a great fall with little snowfall until now and relatively decent temperatures for northern Minnesota, winter’s definitely here. I’m just recovering from a real nasty bug and poor Will’s been trying to get things done outside to get ready for the big snowfall that’s starting to hit us. We’re getting 2 inches today, another 2 inches tonight, 2-4 inches tomorrow …


Since Will has the roof done on the barn, he’s trying to get enough lumber cut on the sawmill to put up temporary walls to keep out the snow so he can work this winter on the hay loft floor. (And so we can kind of use parts of the barn.) And then there’s the unfinished front porch roof … We’d like to get it covered before too much snow hits us. So while I’m working on an article today, he’s cutting boards in the snow. Luckily, it’s not too cold but we’re heading for sub-zero HIGHS later in the week. Yuck! — Jackie


  1. All,

    Yep, we got it, but were prepared so it wasn’t such a big deal although we always wish winter would hold off a few more weeks….. Time for baking, chili, stews and reading huh???

  2. I see you are getting hit with quite a snowstorm right now (8:45 PM Wed.). I live near La Crosse, WI and we have had temps just above freezing for the past two days, but are expecting very cold temps and windy conditions starting tonight. Looks like we will bottom out near 0 by Friday AM. I guess that is better than sub-zero temps like you are expecting for highs by then!! Stay warm and safe.

    P.S. The barn is looking great!

  3. Glad you had a nice and peaceful thanksgiving to rest up for this white stuff. Traveled into work with the white stuff falling, not nearly as much as you guys are getting, but enough for some slippery maneuvering! As for the negative to single digits coming this at the end of the week, definitely getting the longjohns ready and some baking on the list of things to do! Hope you feel better and that the barn and porch gets somewhat finished before winter really sets in. Take care.

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