Things are chugging right along as winter grinds into gear.
Overall, this November has been much more mild than last year with temperatures generally staying in the 20°F range. Even though we slipped into the negative double digits at the end of the month, we have used only a fraction of the firewood we did last November when it seemed like half the month was below 0°F. Projects have slowed down significantly as everything gets covered in a blanket of snow. Winter is an important time for us because it gives us a couple of months to recoup from the busy summer and plan ahead for the following year.
Our chickens have been loving the not-so-cold temperatures combined with their new water heater. Though, we still don’t have an ideal setup for them since we are still using the water cups which have to hang off the edge of the heater, allowing them to freeze when it gets really cold. The coop also has a lot of air drafts which I’m sure they don’t like when they are up on their roosts at night. Overall, they stay cozy and are used to the cold Alaskan winters. We moved the rabbit hutch into their coop so the rabbit and chickens can socialize a bit and stay warm together.
Pete has been getting things done in the shop when temperatures are reasonable. Having some drywall up on the ceiling and lights installed has made a big difference to the overall feel inside, giving us glimpses of the finished product. During the pig processing and general internal construction of the shop, Pete was working by natural light coming through the door and one shop light on an extension cord. Next, we’ll get insulation above the ceiling and in the walls, after that we’ll be able to install the radiant floor heating components and turn it on. Then we’ll have a heated space to work in! That will be a big milestone as it’s been a goal of ours pretty much since we moved here.
The Saturday following Thanksgiving Wild North attended the Colony High School Christmas Bazaar in Palmer. This was a huge show with vendors spread across nearly the whole high school building. Holiday shoppers could choose from hundreds of Alaskan made goodies, art, decor, clothing & etc in the High School gym, cafeteria, and every hallway. It was great to see such a large crowd come out to support. The students who organize this event every year as a fundraiser did a phenomenal job. I hope to be a vendor again next year!
As winter sets in, we are looking forward to the upcoming holidays. Once into the new year, we’ll start gaining daylight hours back! We currently have about 6 hours between sunrise and sunset, and that will continue to shorten until the end of December. These dark months can seem to drag on and on, but it reminds us not to take simple things like sunshine for granted! I am optimistic that December and hopefully January the daytime temperatures should stay above 10 degrees--I have family cross country skiing on my mind!
Take care, everyone, and stay warm! Happy Holidays! Wishing you safe travels if you plan on travelling this season. Thanks for reading!
Hello, I am Melissa, owner of Wild North Design. Recently, my husband and I decided to pick up and move to Alaska. This dream has been a couple years in the making and we are enjoying the journey so far. We love to learn and make all kinds of things. From wood craft, to painting, to vehicles, landscaping, building, exploring...we love it all! We are finding out that Alaska is a great fit for our restless minds and bodies! Excited for what the future holds for our expanding family!
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