Proof that turkeys do get cold feet. Notice how they are standing on one foot, warming the other up against their body.
The wild things know. There was quite a bit of bird activity at the feeder today, as if they are trying to eat up and be ready..
Compared to the last big storm that hit the day we signed papers on the house, this one will be bigger and will likely also involve widespread power outtages. In fact, the electric company actually called and left that message. I didnt know they would do that! But, even so, we are not worried. We have been concentrating on our preparedness plans, and we are ready. In fact, it felt pretty good to not need to rush to the store and get anything. ( ok, I did stop by the store on my way back from an errand to get a package of tortillas, because we were out, but I woild have done that, storm or no storm, and if needed I can make tortillas)
We have extra gas for the generator, plenty of wood and kindling, and matches for the woodstove. We have propane for the cookstove. We have flashlights, and extra batteries, with rechargeables and a charger that can run on the generator, or the car battery inverter) and the oil lamps with plenty of oil.
And a pantry stocked with the necessities. I think I will make a big pot of potato soup in just awhile.
So, the self sufficiency model of homesteading is practical, and gives a great sense of security and calm, even with a storm raging outside. And if the storm turns out to be a bust (doubtful) then, no matter. We just continue our routine.
Here is a great method of preserving pantry items that I've started using quite a bit. It is called dry canning. It is ONLY for DRY goods- things like pasta, rice, flour, cereal, coffee, tea, dried fruits or veggies -things like that. Most of my pantry space is in the cellar.... which can be humid, and which also has a few resident mice. So i must protect foods from both the moisture, and the mice. Glass jars are mice proof, but could still allow some moisture. Enter, the vacuum seal jar attachment for a food saver machine, and a simple manual vacuum pump.