Well, it's about 10F today and when you're working out in the sun and out of the breeze, it's downright toasty. I actually had to stop ramming trees and peel off entire layers because I was sweating like a dog... not just unzip, but remove. And I didn't have that many layers on to start with! If I'd removed any more, I'd've been out there in just my thin silky thermals. It's the first time this winter I've had to come inside for a break in order to cool down :D
This sunny warmness is supposed to last for a few days (at least), so hopefully we can get more of the driveway cleared and stock up on firewood so we're well ahead of our burn rate again. It'll be nice to be able to work on the homestead projects instead of just planning them. With any luck, we'll actually have most of larger trees cleared out of the "driveway" so we can run the brush cutter as soon as the snow melts and the mud dries... which would leave us a lot more time to focus on scouting building sites and getting the shanty up this summer.
We're hoping to get a couple raised beds started for the garden this year, too. We'll be a bit late planting, so don't know if we'll get much of a harvest, but it will be nice to feel like we're making some amount of progress towards food independence. We might even get lucky and have this summer's major projects finished, or at least at a good stage, so one or both of us can afford to go out hunting and fishing some this summer/fall. We can all have dreams, right?! LOL
Now, if only it would warm up enough (and stay that way!) so I didn't have to wear gumby gloves and franken boots! You know you're living the good and simple life when you anxiously await the return of manual dexterity. Of course, it'll also be extraordinarily nice to be able to spend more time outside than it actually takes to get dressed to go outside ;)