When fall starts showing up around here, it not usually a slow process. All of a sudden, the leaves are dropping off the trees, even though it may be a hot day. A few days later, the temperatures are cooler and the leaves are turning color. The animals, cats and horses are demanding more food than ever. I can hardly keep up with them. They like to pack the weight on in preparation of winter.
It is also the time of year when they start growing their winter coats. I always notice it on the horses first. They haven’t started yet, but I am sure with temperatures of 32 degrees, like I woke up to this morning, it is right around the corner. Keeping your horses free of horse blankets in the winter, will keep their own natural winter coat thick and insulating. Snow will lay on our horses’ backs for a number of hours before it melts. That is because their winter coat insulates them from wet cold weather. (Note: I am NOT saying that is good for ALL horses in general. You know your horse best, and many older or sick horses may need a blanket. Our’s have needed their blankets at times due to injury.).
For people though, the process is much different. We haul out the winter coats, gloves, hats, scarves and boots. We make sure our long johns are still wearable. At our Peaceful Forest Homestead, we have started bringing in some fire wood and kindling. Cutting wood and keeping it close by. Cleaning our wood stoves and making sure the chimney is clean on the heating stove. The wood cook stove in the kitchen has a straight pipe and never needs to be cleaned, because it is always clean. I will be taking the wood cook stove apart to clean the inside the very next warm day we have.
I will make sure we have foods available that will warm us up. Canning up some different varieties of soups, stews, chili and various other meat type entrees. Since we live on meat and salads in the summer, I have decided to can up some good soups for the winter. We will switch from the salads to the soups for the winter. I usually make them from scratch, but think if I have some canned that are made from scratch by me, that will be a fast food for us.
Planning for cold temperatures and winter in advance makes it a more pleasant winter for all. How about you? Are you in the process of winterizing your home and pantry?
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