Though only the end of November, it feels as if we've been through nearly an entire winter already.
There is something about working in uncomfortable conditions that makes a person long for the ideal. And the more you have to put up with those non-ideal things, the more that vision of what you really want gets cemented into your mind. For us, those are the visions of our future workshop! As we put up with the cluttered, cold, dimly-lit, dirt-floor garage-shop, we fantasize of clean, bright concrete floors, large open counter tops, tool cabinets, and material storage racks with room to spare. We eagerly await such things!
On the other side of the homestead, the chickens and rabbit have somehow been doing just fine. We bring them fresh water each day, but it’s so cold that it freezes within minutes. Our rooster had a small spot of frost bite on his comb, but other than that all of the birds are quite active and chipper. Except for Red, our cranky old hen who didn’t get along with our new flock. We had separated her, keeping her in the Egg-cono Lodge by herself until about mid-November when she started to molt. After losing a large portion of her feathers she was having a tough time keeping herself warm, so we moved her into the large coop with the rest of the flock. Now, the hierarchy has shifted and the rooster, Hawaii, rules to coop and looks after the rest of the birds, protecting them from Red who now just sits in her nesting box all day keeping herself warm. Chicken politics has been a learning process (though more rational than the human version).
Not much else has been going on around here. We’ve done a lot of “hunkering down” on these frigid days and are looking forward to some warmer, +0° temperatures so we can go enjoy the snow. Winter walks and sledding only last about 30 minutes before we are running back inside to warm up. The snowboards and cross country skis will remain in storage for now. The forecast for December looks much more mild and should allow us to keep chugging away in the workshop. After all, Christmas is coming and that’s the busiest time of year in the North Pole!
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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