Up here N of 45 winter comes early and stays late. Last winter was a particularly severe experience. I would prefer NOT to have another like that one. The majority of the winter had temperatures ranging from -20*F and went as low as -40*F. In previous years, we might have had a week of -20*F but not all winter. This year, it has been in the mid +20*F range for much of the winter with the exception of one week. Today, the temperature rose to +38*F. That was amazing.
I spend most of the winter in the wood shop. I have two projects going at the moment. One is a saw till for my hand saws, the other is a chair. You might laugh and ask "Why would you build a chair? They are so plentiful in society. Well, my answer is, "Yes, there are lots of them but this one is built with hand tools and since it is a "etude" rather than something for "sale" I am taking my time and learning all the joinery and parts that go into making such a piece of furniture. I have some pictures of it in different stages so I will publish those when/if I am able. I really don't have much luck with photo's on these internet sites.
The chair is made of pine scrap wood that I had around the farm. I am now able to estimate the amount of good wood I would need to make a nice chair. This is NOT a lounger. It is more of the kind you use in the dining room or kitchen.
Since today is Groundhog Day...I am confused as to what happened with that. During the day, the sun came out 3 different times. It has been cloudy/overcast for nearly the entire winter.
The snow is above average for this time of year but much less than last year. Often, we get two storms in April, one at mid month and one late and then the snow USUALLY stops. *(he said, hopefully !)
Dressing for winter has been fairly easy this year. I have gotten the "layer system" pretty well figured out.
Layer 1= long (polypropylene) underwear over the usual shorts.
Layer 2= polar fleece shirt with collar that folds up to cover neck. A new item this year; Knitted neck warmers made by WW. I wear this all the time now. It is amazing at how much this item does to keep you warm. Basically, it is just a knitted collar ring about 4-5 inches wide. When I change to go to bed, it is the last thing I take off and immediately get a chill. I really like them for all day use.
Layer 3 = polar fleece vest with neck warmer
Layer 4 = the chore coat, Fleece lined; for mild winter days. Otherwise, it is the Carhart Extremes bibbers and jacket for chores with muck boots and Smart wool for socks. WW made some balaclavas out of two layers of polar fleece and added a pocket in them for those Sodium Acetate hand warmers to warm the neck. That is a serious cold weather item that really works well.
Once you decide to go outdoors, it is a procedure and a sequence is necessary in order to get it all on properly. The dogs love waiting for you to get all dressed up to go outside.
Discussion of Snow removal is for another time.
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