“What was that about seven big snows?” Almanzo asked. Pa told him. The Indian meant that every seventh winter was a hard winter and that at the end of three times seven years came the hardesy winter of all. He had come to tell the white men that this coming winter was a twenty-first winter, that there would be seven months of blizzards.” The Long Winter p. 62
Winter on the prairie is hard, there’s no doubt about that. But an especially hard winter is more than what most people could handle. While I’ve seen several posts around the blogosphere about Christmas today and thinking about buying gifts already, I’m more focused on what they weather might be doing in December.
Yes, you might think I’m a little crazy since the weather has been amazingly warm this week, maybe you even have sweat dripping off your nose as you read this post. Yes, it might be 90F out but in the back of my mind I can still see the snow piled up over the doors of the house and the drifts so big you can’t plow through them with a tractor no matter what.
In The Long Winter we read about the struggles the small town had to find any kind of food. I’ve written previous articles about:
Most of the things in the preparing article might be for a little bit farther on it the year but you can start thinking about stockpiling now, while there are good sales to be had on things you might need.
Sorry I don’t have much of an article today, I’m having some pretty intense pain in both my my wrists and it’s hard to keep up!
Do you think about being prepared for the winter before fall? What are some of the things you stockpile for winter?
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