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Frost warnings and using our heating blanket every day!

Oct 20 2017 -
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A couple of weeks ago I came downstairs to find my husband outside taking pictures of the ice in our bird bath. Yup, that’s where we’re at folks, the freezing has begun. My phone has a perpetual red exclamation point on it from weather.com with frost warnings lol It was 57 degrees (fahrenheit) in our bedroom yesterday morning and it was damned hard to get out of bed!

I have seen the same meme on my Facebook feed almost every day for the two weeks:
Frost warnings in northern Minnesota, preparing ourselves for burning wood for the next 6 months and using our heating blanket to get by for now

Its pretty much a tradition for us Minnesotan’s to be in total denial that summer is over and not turn the heat on until we’re freezing in our own homes. That being said I can’t deny that we’re having some pretty warm temperatures for us. It would not be at all far fetched for us to have snow on the ground by this time of the year but, over the last decade, we have most certainly been warming up. Today we even have a high of 70! And, last year, I have a picture of us in November when it was 73! So I have hope for some warm weather still to come 🙂

Frost warnings in northern Minnesota, preparing ourselves for burning wood for the next 6 months and using our heating blanket to get by for nowFrost warnings in northern Minnesota, preparing ourselves for burning wood for the next 6 months and using our heating blanket to get by for now

We haven’t started burning our main wood pile yet as we still need to get more in before we can feel good about “making it” through the winter. But this old farmstead (and not to mention my own wood workshop in the basement) is never lacking for scraps that we’ve collected and burned just to get us through the coldest of the nights. Though, I don’t think I would have made it without our heating blanket on the bed lol. (We burn wood as our main source of heat – we do have electric heat as backup but I won’t turn it on because it costs a fortune and I’m stingy.)


Frost warnings in northern Minnesota, preparing ourselves for burning wood for the next 6 months and using our heating blanket to get by for now

I’ve been getting incredibly frustrated with my body over the past few months, this summer I spent over twelve weeks either sick, living through a diverticulitis flair up or, like I am currently, trying to get a cracked rib to heal. I am not good at sitting still and I simply have no patience for not being able to just go and do something. I finally got my stomach problems healed only to come down with the same hellish bronchial cold that everyone around me had – so then I coughed for a month and somewhere around the end of that I started feeling some pretty serious discomfort on my right chest wall.

The thing of it is, even if I’m having stomach problems or coughing like crazy, I’m still able to work, build things, refinish furniture etc. A cracked rib however has proven to be quite the trial… One morning my chest audibly snapped and, to add insult to injury, it happened when I was doing my morning business and I swear the only reason I lived through the pain was because I refused to die with my pants around my ankles and have Joe find me in the bathroom.

Frost warnings in northern Minnesota, preparing ourselves for burning wood for the next 6 months and using our heating blanket to get by for now

My husband would probably tell you its my own damn fault for not taking it easy and healing like a good girl but, like, whatever… I’m sure he’s wrong somehow… So that was three weeks ago and it still hurts to breathe. It is better but it is also still there and a constant pain in my side (literally!) it probably isn’t a cracked rib it is probably an intercostal muscle strain/pull/tear. I did the same thing during the house renovation in my back also high on my right side and though that didn’t hurt to breathe it also really really really just hurt like hell and, if I’m going to be honest, that injury hurt worse then this one.

However it wasn’t nearly as exhausting or debilitating. Maybe its because I’m older? In worse shape? I don’t know – but this sucks. I took the fall pictures you see here last weekend and just walking around our property for an hour left me so winded I felt like I was sick. They say the biggest worry with an injury like this one is developing pneumonia and I totally understand that. Right now I have to consciously remind myself to take full breaths or I breathe really shallow because it hurts.

So, hello from our couch *waves* thank goodness I got ahead on my blog before this happened and I have a few weeks of projects completed that don’t require any heavy lifting. In the meantime, I have a plan for my workshop that I literally CAN’T do until this darned thing heals. The big bet is, “Will she be able to let it heal before going to work on it? Or, will she convince herself she can be “careful” enough and go ahead and work on it anyway?” My bet would be against me lol I honestly don’t know how long I can hold out.

Frost warnings in northern Minnesota, preparing ourselves for burning wood for the next 6 months and using our heating blanket to get by for nowFrost warnings in northern Minnesota, preparing ourselves for burning wood for the next 6 months and using our heating blanket to get by for now

In the meantime Joe has bagged two deer for us and we now have 50 pounds of venison sticks and summer sausage in our freezer (that we had processed) and another 40 that we butchered ourselves into about half ground and half steaks and roasts. Can’t say that butchering a deer made my chest feel any better but it was nice to actually do something instead of just being a wall flower.

One small bright point: the infernal tiredness caused by this injury has led me to discover my new favorite Sunday morning activity: Waking up when I would normally get up to go to my day job and then read and nap on and off for the next two hours before getting out of bed 🙂 I may just have to continue this for my Sunday mornings from now on!

Frost warnings in northern Minnesota, preparing ourselves for burning wood for the next 6 months and using our heating blanket to get by for now

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4 Comments

  1. October 22, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Hello

    Hate to say this, but your husband is right. Do take it easy and allow yourself time to heal. Otherwise it comes back to haunt you. Been there and done it
    Ann U.K.

  2. October 23, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Feel Better Soon xx PS, I love the pic of the crab apples.

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