Thankfully this house is much more substantial so all the noise is limited to the deck and though I had to pile on the blankets against the chill, I got a decent 6 hours of sleep last night. For me (especially lately) that is good.
|Chicken stock under squirrel guard|
When it was done, I bagged up the stock (1 quart for immediate use, 3 for the freezer). But instead of putting those 3 into the basement freezer, I used the really big freezer - outside - instead. This time of year I cool a lot of refrigerator/freezer-bound food in the breezeway or, like yesterday, right outside. Pre-cooling food makes it so the appliances don't have to work so hard, will last longer and I save $ on energy.
The unheated breezeway also makes a good storage place for canned/dry goods this time of year. Apples do pretty well there too, if they don't get much below 40F. Besides, using the breezeway (or like yesterday, using the deck) makes me feel I'm getting some benefit out of this frigid weather.
Do you find ways to use the weather to your advantage this time of year?