the coop girls enjoying sun and snow

this is it for the storm!

Jay cleaning off the roof

Cait has the perfect spot to wait out the storm

...and so does Jack

Emerson wondering what type of treats you get during a snowfall

Oliver hoping the treats will be mini pumpkin pies

So, the "big storm" has come and gone.  We received a paltry 5 1/2 inches.  I'm not complaining - less snow = less snow clean-up = a happier husband.  It's just funny when there's so much hype and hoopla and then we look outside Saturday morning and say "oh".

I learned a lesson from this snowfall, however, and that is that prepping is not crazy.  Have you seen the prepper shows?  I am not one to go to the extreme with this, but after going to the grocery store for a few things Saturday night and seeing the entire store completely wiped out of groceries, it hits home just how quickly there will be no food available if a catastrophe hit.  Jay and I were talking about this as we walked through aisle after aisle of empty shelving.

Here's the thing:  all week this storm was hyped up to be 8-14 inches of snow falling within a 24-hour time frame.  The schools were closed on Friday, even though it wasn't snowing yet, in preparation for the "big storm".  People were stocked up on food yet they cleared the shelves clean Saturday after the storm was not a storm at all.

Since I do once-a-month grocery shopping {in addition to items canned and frozen} our pantry is typically well-stocked.  Now I can see why our pantry should always be at least a month ahead.  Lesson learned.

Life has been hectic around here.  I'm hoping to get caught up this week and next weekend on some projects I've been trying to get to.  Time just seems to continually get away from me.

We are getting monstrous eggs from one or two of our Red Sex-link chickens.  I can't believe these girls can lay them that large.  Quite impressive!  I'll share a photo of a couple of them this week next to an average "large" egg.  They fit in your hand like a baseball.  Although they bawked about the snow in their outdoor coop they are quite thrilled with the sunshine we've received the last 2 days.

If you are interested in voluntary simplicity, I wanted to share this very interesting article titled "The Average American".  It's scary but so true.  I found a drawing I had made a few years ago, prior to purchasing our current home, of a house plan we were planning on having built.  As I look at it now I ask myself, why?  Why in the world does it need to be so large for 2 people?  I cut the floor plan in half.  It now seems much more practical, cost effective and attractive.

Don't forget Valentine's Day is this week!!

Happy Sunday!


"Alone again.... naturally!" said...

Glad to hear about the storm being not that big a deal for you guys. I guess other's were not so fortunate. We have so little snow (none this year, so far, lol...knocking on wood)
I can't believe the stores were out of food, that seems so extreme to me! I need to think of that if a disaster ever came up here (we have earthquakes). Being prepared is a really good idea!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Glad you got through the storm okay! We have learned our lessons the hard way about needing to be prepared, and that you can never be 'too ready' for one!

I hope you have a good week!!

Liz said...

Glad to read you didn't get buried in snow! The stores are like that around us, empty if there is a threat of big snow. Your pictures of the snow are pretty anyways! :)

daisy g said...

Your homestead look so lovely with all that snow. So picturesque.
Glad it was not worse.

Your chicken coop is just the right size. Did y'all build it yourself or did you buy plans for it?

What are those wooden frames over your plants made of? Are they there to keep the plants from being buried? Sorry, I'm not used to snow, so I have a lot of questions!

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thanks all! Yes Cathy, it is surprising about the grocery stores but quite an eye opener!

Daisy - yes, my husband planned and built the coop himself. I showed him a photo of a garden shed that I liked the style of, we stood inside a few sheds at the local home improvement store to determine size, and then he took a pencil, paper and his tools and went to work. :) The frames over the plants are to protect them from snow - you are correct. They are just made of plywood and hinges (they fold up for easier storage). We put them over any bushes that would otherwise be destroyed. When we first moved out here I had never been around much snow either and thought how ingenious! Then, I realized every single person had them. :)

Mary @ BarnBugStudio said...

Love your snow pics! I was so disappointed not to have ANY! We had lots of wind and rain that we didn't really need. The ground is already so saturated. Now I'm hearing about another system brewing for next weekend. I just want one decent snowfall before spring arrives. It was 45 in the barn already this morning, so I'm off to remove horse blankets. I know they're going to roll in the mud but, can't have them overheating. Kiss those sweet doggie faces for me.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

You have a lovely home! It's looks pretty in the snow, too.
I've often thought about stocking up on a few things in the event of a disaster. I know many who have a years supply but don't think I have room for that much! A month or two wouldn't hurt, though. Have a nice Monday!

Gardeningbren said...

Was really impressed by the tool Jay was using to clean the snow off the roof. We need one of those.

Great photos and interesting what you wrote about prepping.

Snooks said...

Yes I agree. With your " why does it have to be so big, or better yet so much." Less is more. Simple is better.

@ 3Beeze Homestead