December weather often brings snow to Western Missouri, but they only last a few short days.
Heavy snow made for only one warm room with the woodstove. The home was built in the 1950s during hard times or perhaps by an unlicenced builder, typical in rural areas. The newer addition of the large living room was the only insulated part of the home. The original builder built the wall studs two feet apart instead of the standard 16 to 18 inches. There was no insulation placed in any of the exterior walls of the older part of the home. If it was in there, it had slid down inside the walls over the years. The master bedroom was often 45 degrees in the early mornings.
The living room was warm and ready for showing.
The master bedroom had no heat. The heavy wool pelt was needed to keep us warm at night in the winter months.
Our Christmas tree.
Toms all fattened up. They have access to the yard but occasionally still preferred their pen.
Our day after Christmas turkey. 100% pasture-raised and homegrown in my own backyard that I hand processed myself.