We “make hay while the sun shines” even in winter — 22 Comments

  1. I’m canning chicken today too, that I got on a good sale.
    We are having a mild winter on the west coast of WA this year. some around me are planting cold weather things already! I got out my seeds, it is contageous. I figure it can’t hurt to try a few things. Learning experience!

    • Good for you, Nancy! We’re always trying something new. Sometimes it works, sometimes not but often you do get a good surprise! Experience is the best teacher (except for me). Lol Just kidding.

  2. Jackie, I’m glad to hear you are surviving the terrible cold weather. It’s finally warming up a bit here in Nebraska and will 50 degrees tomorrow. It’s been a terrible Winter every where. Those southern states are having a horrible time. They are not prepared for black ice weather or ice jams.

    I’ve never canned meat but you have inspired me to maybe try it.

    Have a great chicken canning day.

    Nebraska Dave

    • Fifty degrees, ABOVE???? Whew! I’d be running around buck a*** naked! But seriously, today it’s 35 above and it sure feels nice. Do can up some meat. It’s so easy and then so convenient to have it stored, pre-cooked, in the pantry.

  3. We got our seed order-Thanks so much. These cold days and nights are good to take the time to plot out this summers garden. I am tired of the cold and out water lines have been froze up for almost a month-been camping out. Today it is already 33 out, so hoping we get the lines thawed today.

    • Yuck, that frozen water lines sure isn’t fun! Been there; done that, way too much. I think we’ve got it figured out with extra insulation on top of the water lines, etc. I hope, I hope….. I’ve got nearly 3 acres of gardens to plot out and my eyeballs get tired just looking at the spaces on paper. But it’ll be worth it, come spring. I sure hope your water lines get thawed soon.

  4. Great to hear news of what’s happening on your homestead Jackie and Will! Our Michigan weather has been much like yours, although not quite as cold. Sent a seed order your way, but still looking forward to getting your new catalog!

    • I sent your order to you yesterday. The catalogs should be in the mail this week. We’re anxiously waiting for our copy of “the new baby”. We’ve got warmer weather now; 35 above! I think it’s headed your way.

  5. It’s good to hear that you are keeping busy and warm. Glad the new well is working. Spring will be here before you know it. I to am ready planning my garden. How do I get one of your seed catalogs?

    • Check out the information in my comment to All, above. Yes, all of our seeds work in Washington. We have many repeat customers from there.

  6. Love your blog. Question: How do I go about getting one of your catalogs??? Living in Alaska is always a challenge for gardening but being on the Kenai Peninsula – south of Anchorage- makes it better. Thank you in advance for answering my question.

    • Check out my reply to All, above. Yep, the Kenai is sure better than, say, Fairbanks. Or Northern Minnesota!!!

  7. I love to read about what you do and how you do it!
    I still can a lot. Thanks for your ideas!

  8. The temps and wind chill has been brutal. It’s good to hear that watering the critters is much easier and faster than a couple of years ago. I remember the challenges at that time. At least the days are getting longer.

    • Yes, the days are getting longer and we thank God for that every single day, too! It means spring is coming….slowly but surely.