Snowy Snowy World

Sugar Mountain Farm Under Snow

We’ve been getting a bit of snow. In the past month we’ve gotten more than we got all last year. On the other hand, last year was not a high snow year – until Valentine’s Day.

This year they had been predicting a very dry warm winter but it has been the opposite. Today was very windy which made plowing, feeding animals and everything a bit challenging. To get the pan above pan I just about froze my hand. It was only exposed for about a minute as I stood on top of a 10′ tall snow pile. In that short time I lost all feeling even though I was sheltering my hand with the mitten of my other hand. Fortunately no frost bite.

After plowing and picture taking, Ben and I went into the tiny cottage to finish up the chimney penetration. Of interest is that even though the house had a 16″ x 16″ hole in the wall at the roof peak on the north side for several hours the temperature inside only dropped a couple of degrees. This is the difference between a house like the tiny cottage with a lot of thermal mass where the heat is in the stone and concrete of the walls vs a low mass wooden house like the old farm house down the hill. If I were to open a hole in the wall of the post and beam farm house for several hours on a day like today the interior would drop to sub-freezing temperatures very rapidly. I look forward to fully transitioning up to the tiny cottage! Getting the chimney and wood stove installed is one more step in that direction.

As I write this in the evening the wind sounds like a freight train up on the ridge. Fortunately we’re protected to the north and west by Sugar Mountain and a deep snow that has built up on the walls.

Outdoors: 15°F/-2°F Partially Sunny, 11″ Snow
Farm House: 58°F/49°F
Tiny Cottage: 55°F/52°F Bathtub sanding, Chimney/Vent Pass

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3 Responses to Snowy Snowy World

  1. City-cold here. My lock on the car door froze shut this morning and again after work- almost snapped the key (and did snap off the handle, poor old car). Keep warm! I can send you all some big hats if you need them… :)

  2. Questyn says:

    Hello and Happy New Year. I’ve read your blog for some time, and finally de-lurked today. I first read a post about the LGD’s and have been fascinated since.

    I’m curious about the tiny cottage and you’ve probably explained this in a post… nonetheless, I wonder how the space works out. Do you plan to use storage in the farmhouse even after fully moved into the cottage? And the kids sleep in a loft, no closets or rooms? Can they stand up in there? I’ve tried imagining how it’s possible to fit 5 people in that space along with food storage, etc. and my imagination is coming up short. Thanks!


  3. Sarah, In the fall, and sometimes again in the winter, I spray WD40 into locks and seatbelt latches as well as doing hinges and door latches. This seems to help immensely with preventing iced up locks. I started doing it because of this experience.

    Questyn, The loft is a bit over 40″ tall, a sitting and sleeping space, not standing. The kids love it. In the old farm house I had build them a loft when they were smaller but they have outgrown that. The new loft in the tiny cottage is much taller as well as having a larger floor area.

    The old farm house will revert to agricultural purposes. For years we’ve both lived and worked in the same space. The tiny cottage is just our living space. The farm house, which was once used as a sheep shed before our time, will once again be storage for hay, equipment, baby chick brooding, etc.

    The tiny cottage has lot of built in storage spaces, some made, some coming. Rather than a typical box, it is designed for its functions so there’s little wasted space. Of course, it helps to cut back on material possessions as well. :) All of our cloths already currently fit in a single dresser draw per person plus one draw for socks for the whole family plus a hanging rack for coats and work suits. We don’t have closets in the old farm house either so it isn’t something we’ll miss. :)

    While the tiny cottage does have food storage space, we will be building a root cellar and cold spring room. Maybe next year.

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