Homesteading

Fire: Adventures in Off the Grid Living

It’s going to below freezing again tonight, 27° to be exact. It’s already cold in the house, not freezing yet though. Another night of hour long naps so that we can keep the fire going so the kids stay warm.

Last night was such a relief from our normal state of affairs, but tonight we’re back to cold, dark rooms of an unwelcoming house.

We don’t really have much wood left, the freezing temperatures were supposed to be gone by now so we hadn’t been gathering any firewood. Plus the head gasket on our truck has gone out and will need to be replaced. I feel like what little relief we are able to have is always overshadowed by something a hundred times darker and more depressing.

At least we can’t see our breath inside. If it gets too cold we always have the option if sleeping in the truck. That is a double edged sword though. Bessie has one helluva heater and is nice and toasty in the cold, but running the engine for the heater would put more stress on the engine and could make our lovely head gasket issue worse.

I’m glad it isn’t snowing right now though, and the week is supposed to get warmer. At least I hope so.

I don’t think that any of us really wanted to come back this morning, part of me is sad for that. Sad that we are in a place that makes everyone so unhappy and there is nothing that I can do about it right now.

I hope this week brings warmer weather, I don’t know what we are going to do for heat if it doesn’t.

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