Frosty Weather

Kita watching her pigs in the snow.
Weekend dog blogging at Sweetnicks

Today was relatively warm and pleasantly calm. The lack of wind really help make outdoor work more pleasant. The last week or so has been fairly cold and windy – not a good combination. It takes the breath away and makes me glad for our heavy work suites and nice new gloves.

Wind blocks are key for the livestock and for us – while doing chores I’ve been spending a lot of thought on how I’ll adjust the terrain here and there to lift the wind up over us. This is a long term project that I adjust each year with berms, stone walls, planting and structures. The new house with it’s back bermed to the wind will be more snug than our old farm house. That right there makes a huge difference – just getting the wind off your face.

Saturday morning was our coldest morning, down to 21°F between 5 am and 7 am, and the frost crept into the house through the wooden walls along the nails, door hinges and anything else metal. We had a heavy layer of frost on every window in the farm house even though they are double and triple paned. It was quite impressive.

Fortunately with the recent cold things are also dry. Spring and fall with temperatures around freezing actually feel worse since you and the animals get wet so much easier. Mud is not something I relish. Give me the crunch of cold snow instead. With the warm wet weather this year we were going through hay at a much faster rate and more of it was getting wasted.

Today we’ve been appreciating the relatively warm weather as we worked on various livestock related outdoor projects, things we should have gotten done in the fall but it flew away with cottage construction. With piglets starting to be born this morning we need to pay attention before the year gets away.

Speaking of the tiny cottage, we now have plastic on the outside of three of the big windows. When the temperatures plummeted we basically stopped working on the windows since it is bare hand work – we have to wash the outside of the window clean before plastic sealing it – Too cold for that! What has been interesting is that the plastic covered windows still got frost on the insides during the coldest nights and even the ThermaTru door‘s double paned glass frosted over completely. Yet the typar covered windows did not get frosted! I was surprised and I’m still thinking on it… I certainly don’t want typar covered windows blocking our views but it is a very interesting observation. Today, with the temperatures much warmer, none of the windows were iced at all in the morning when I went up to check.

Yesterday Holly and I began construction of the form work that will support the ceiling of the bedroom and bathroom. This is our next big indoor project. It will be a combination of mold poured concrete, masonry and ferro-cement. That is also the floor of the attic where utilities and storage will be. Yes, the tiny cottage does have some storage space designed in!

Outdoors: 17°F/5°F Partially Sunny, Calm
Farm House: 59°F/56°F five logs
Tiny Cottage: 49°F/40°F no work

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3 Responses to Frosty Weather

  1. Lisa says:

    How much square footage is there for the kids in their loft? And the storage? Do you have a root cellar or something for food storage? Just curious, as I would love to downsize and am looking into all small living spaces to see how people deal with their storage issues. Not trying to steal your plans or anything, I just like to learn from others projects and from their mistakes;).

  2. Anonymous says:

    Just found your site the other day and thought that I would comment on how cool it was. There is plenty of usefull information that you give out and I like the fact that you are so self reliant.

  3. Just thought I would through ot there stumbling on to your site that ice/condensation on the glass has nothing to do with how well glass/doors insulate. It is about condensation in the air. If you have a window that is sealed air tight you will probably get more ice on the glass since the moisture has nowhere to escape where a badly insulated unit will not collect ice/moisture because the moisture has a place to escape. I work in the window industry and that question gets asked every winter here in Colorado.

    Neat site by the way

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