And now, the end of the year is upon us! I spent last week cleaning my barn, making sure my goats had fresh hay delivered to last through the winter, and sending unused furniture pieces to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore on 31st and Wall before the snows blocks my basement doors.

My final cleanup moved items into the new shed my son and his wife (Justin & Elisa Rague), Brian Rague, and friends (Jeannie & Bob Gamble) helped to build. It is quite the sight, with a huge loft worthy of a queen-sized mattress under a gambrel roof. The last metal shed caved in from the snow loads, so this design will hold up better. Building this prompted a lot of conversation on the “tiny home” concept, so more “shed thoughts” to come in future articles!

Forgetting that we have not yet added a ramp or stairs to this most amazing structure, I managed to literally fall out of it and crack the cartilage in my ankle. Which has prompted me to write this article about checking in on neighbors and family and doing some last minute preparedness efforts before things get icy!

Although we live in Utah, and many people here practice amazing winter preparedness skills, there are also many out-of-state folks that have bought homes here and are not ready at all. I meet many people who come here from warmer areas who have no concept of what to do in a blizzard or long-term power outage. Makes me think, how can we help others in this same position? As the snow is almost here, maybe it will be you who is the kind neighbor checking in to see if your neighbors and family have their winter prep items in place. This includes the car and the home!

I am currently looking into solar generators to go along with what we already have in place. If anyone has tried these, please text and let me know what you think! Some other helpful prep items include having food storage in place, first aid items plus extra medications including insulin, essential oils and colloidal silver if you are a proponent of holistic first aid, pet foods, flashlights, a water filtration unit (we have Berkey), extra winter clothing, extra fuel and perhaps thick down comforters.

There is a workshop on very lightweight foam clothing that keeps warmth in to -40°F. We are attempting to once again bring this person to Ogden to teach on how these can be made or purchased! Visit our website below for more info on preparing for winter!

Things that typically get forgotten are fire extinguishers. This is a good time to make sure they are full and usable. Remember to check carbon monoxide detectors as well, since heat will be running at full force fairly soon.

And of course, remove all tripping hazards in the yard. No sense watching your neighbors break their ankles falling over (or out!) of something.

Happy Holidays!

See you there! Happy start of the holiday season!