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Ok, maybe that is an exaggeration. It doesn't feel far off, though!

We had a pretty exciting snow day at our house! This morning when checking my email I got a message that my book was live and on sale on Amazon! I had thought this was going to happen on Thursday so needless to say I was super excited to find out that it had happened earlier than anticipated. If you would like to order you can find it on Amazon by clicking on the link below. If you do order we would love to have you leave a review on Amazon after you read it!

On to the rest of our snow day...

Grace's breeding heifer for this year.

This morning we made sure all of the animals were tucked in and happy.

I love this pig! What do you think she is thinking? Any caption ideas?

The girls made several batches of slime, made their own lunch in the air fryer (they were hungry and I was working on scheduling author visits), and played with Grace's new cat. Thank you, air fryer, for making lunch easy.

This evening we ventured back out to check on everyone again.

Baby Mouse is doing great!

My chore helper did a lot more playing than helping, but she is pretty cute so I let her get by with it. 😉

What did you do on your snow day? Be honest, do you let your kids make slime? We had a ban for a long time, but now they are back to doing it again. How much snow did you get at your house?

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Some people have been asking for updates from the frozen tundra of Iowa!  

I took a few pictures while doing chores this morning and afternoon to provide proof that everyone is handling the cold.

I jokingly asked if ombre hair color was still in...

The only downside of the day was that my vehicle wouldn’t start, I used the starter pack and was able to get it going pretty quickly.  On a side note---in your mind doesn’t red equal something bad, like negative? How can I train my brain that red is always positive when jumping something?

Time for a little jump.

I posted the other day about all of the things that I was wearing in an attempt to stay warm while feeding animals. Every since I posted that I have been thinking about all of those clothes I was blessed to have  and a video I had watched on social media from Trent Loos.  I was thinking about how far technology has come in regards to winter clothing and what we have available to keep our bodies warm.  We now have so many options beyond what our grandparents and great-grandparents had available to them. As a matter of fact, the same goes for technologies on the farm our tank heaters, heated hog barns, heated seats in a truck and floor heat in shops help to make humans and animals more comfortable.  In Trent’s video he said let us not forget to thank those that came before us that have now provided us those luxuries. I think some of the above listed items are things we sometimes take for granted, until they fail us. Then, we typically get upset that something is not working, but do we think about those that came before us that had to carry hot water to thaw things out, those that didn’t have electricity at all, or even the dreaded outhouse as the only option-brr, it makes my buns hurt just thinking about it.

In all honesty, a reminder to be patient with nature and our machines that might not want to cooperate is a great reminder for all to be grateful for what we do have and to give thanks to those that paved the way for us to get to (almost) February 2019!

How are you handling the cold? How did your grandparents or grandparents handle these temperatures back in the day? What are you grateful for today? Also, you have to tell us, did you have to run out to a cold outhouse? Comment below!

From the gravel road,

Jen

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