It is finally very cold here...normally this is typical for several weeks in January, but this year it feels shockingly cold, coming after such a mild winter.
I am so thankful for our woodheat (and for Adam waking several times a night to load the stove). It is the only heat we have, but we are fortunate to have a cookstove in addition to our woodstove. We use both when it is so cold.
One of our sows farrowed three days early, during this cold snap. A pig's gestation is so short that each day early affects the outcome of the litter greatly. We lost the whole litter. Maybe if the weather was warmer, they would have fared better, but in any case, it is upsetting.
The sun is shining brightly today, our walls are covered in valentines and the kids and I are readying for a visit with my parents (meeting up in the finger lakes of New York).