Welcome to Cranky Puppy Farm!

This blog belongs to two Gen X-er's smackdab in downtown Kansas City where we've been renovating and decorating two old Victorians built in the 1890's. Our life is filled with 3 demanding Pomeranians (1 of them cranky, of course), honking cars, noisy neighbors and the hustle and bustle of city life but we dream of the day when we can move to our 40-acre farm and hear nothing but the wind and the cows next door. Until then, we're chronicling our triumphs and mishaps here as we try to garden and preserve on 2 city lots, raise chickens, and learn all those things we should have learned from our grandparents. Welcome to our world - we hope you'll stay awhile!

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Wednesday, February 05, 2014

It seems there's never going to be an end to this nasty Winter.  After watching everyone else get dumped on around the nation, it's now our turn.  A beautiful 10 inches of snow fell yesterday and last night, bringing the city to a quiet standstill. J. and I were lucky enough to get to stay home yesterday and today as our employers were smart enough to close in preparation for the storm.
It's bitterly cold in the aftermath of the storm.  We hit 4 degrees this morning and the wind chills aren't expected to go above 0 all day today.  Thursday is forecast to drop through the floor to a record-breaking low of -14.  Yikes!  It's never been that cold in my adult life.
Compare that with what our normal temps are this time of year:

It's this time of year that we worry about the animals because that kind of cold can be deadline.  The chicken furnace is keeping the girls' coop at a comfy 50.3 degrees right now.  And Henrietta is cozy in her new condo in the basement, but she's a little lonely so I'll go spend time with her after I do a little house cleaning and laundry folding.
Having these two days off work is "found time" - time to take care of things that are always at the bottom of the list and never get done like filing paperwork or doing taxes.  (Done!) 
And I've been a busy little bee researching and planning for the solar project.  One of the first recommendations is to try to get your energy usage down so I've been flitting around the house with a Kill-A-Watt trying to figure out what's using energy around here.
What's a Kill-A-Watt?  Tune in for my next post and find out how this inexpensive little piece of equipment can help you find big savings!
Stay warm my friends!


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