Monday, October 1, 2012

Bill's Bits


1. Go to town and buy a new pair of 5 buckle overshoes.

2. Get new Snow Tires for the car. ( these could be for either town or country)

3. Catch the young Chicken Pullets and put them in the hen house so they would start producing eggs.

4. Have plenty of coal and corn cobs for burning in the kitchen stove and furnace for the usually cold Minnesota weather. ( corn cobs were plentyful, because a lot of corn was grown in certain areas in Southern  areas of Minnesota. They started fairly easy and helped get the coal hot and also burning.

5. Adding a type of alcohol to the car and tractor radiators was a job to be done to avoid freeze ups.

6. Down in the basement of the houses were many glass jars of vegetables and some fruit that had been canned earlier that summer.  The jars were re-arranged so that they were not near a window that might get cold enough to freeze the canned fruits and vegetables.

7. Some of the large logs from cutting down a tree earlier that summer were now sawed stove and furnace size to be used for heating.

8. Removing the screens on the windows and putting on winter storm windows was another "fun" project.

9. Straw and or hay bales were put around the house to block out any cold winds that might find their way into the house, because the siding on the house did not cover the area between the house and the concrete foundation.
10. The stock tank that cows and horses drank from had to be kept free of ice so they could get to the water. (in later years, there were electric heaters that kept the water open, if one could afford the heater)

11. A lath-type snow fence was put along side of the lane that led to the house. They were put where ever the snow might blow the lane shut and you would not be able to drive out without a lot of heavy shoveling of the snow.

12. This was also the time to re-charge or buy new batteries for the car, tractor and maybe even a pick-up truck.

13. It was also a good time to double-check the garden to be sure all the potatoes had been dug out and were now kept in the potatoe bin in the basement.

14. And certainly last, but not least was to have the proper clothing for cold weather was a must.  Heavier coats, gloves and mittens were a must and of course, the
ultimate in clothing were the traditional "Long-Johns"...

15 Quilts replaced lighter blankets on the beds so that one was nice and cozy in bed, even if there was snow and some cold wind outside...

**There you have it and who ever said that getting ready for winter back on the farm or rural area was easy...

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