Lee and I woke up this morning to a chilly 14 degrees and icicles hanging off our roof.

Row of icicles

Lee finds it embarrassing because it means our house is still badly insulated. I find it exciting because it means our house is better insulated than before. In past years we wouldn’t even get a snow blanket on the roof because the heat was escaping so fast.

Snow on roof

I haven’t seen icicles like this since my grandma’s house as a kid. She had an old house built from the remains of a sawmill. I don’t think they insulated houses back when hers was built.

Pretty icicles

I better enjoy these while I can because after the blown in insulation is installed I probably won’t see them again.

Icicle hanging down

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21 Responses to Icicles

  1. ShimFarm says:

    GAG! Oh the horror…we’re getting dumped on right now, and well, it’s enough already!

    Gorgeous photos! I hope it’s all melted by now.

    • robin says:

      All that is left is some lacy snow bits on the ground. I have been surprised at how long it took to melt. We had one icicle that was 4 1/2 feet long at one point.

      Are you completely buried yet?

      • ShimFarm says:

        Nah, we had 17″ of snow, and then it went down to -24F.

        And it’s not even “officially” winter yet. At this point, I’m not too sure WHAT to think. The only thing I know – as of this Friday afternoon, I have 2 ENTIRE weeks off. The thought alone makes me want to cry. I am so NOT going out of the house if I don’t need to!

  2. Jennifer says:

    I absolutely love icicles. I never knew it was related to poor insulation. That’s disappointing! We had one snowy winter when I lived in San Antonio in the 80s, and got lots of icicles for one day. Great photos!

    • robin says:

      Wow, I bet that was pretty exciting to get snow in San Antonio. Lee said as a child he remembered a business that by the end of the winter in Indiana it would have icicles from roof to ground.

  3. John says:

    Hello there,
    Just came across your blog randomly while researching pig feed consumption. I’ve been using your post as a reference for a project we’re just getting involved with. Started reading through your posts and felt like you guys are doing almost exactly what we have been up to and it turns out your in the Willamette Valley as well. We may be kindred spirits. Are you close to Corvallis? Drop us a line if you’d like to know more homesteaders in the area! John

    • lee says:

      Hi John, we are close but still kind of far away. We are located further south, in the Eugene area. We have been slowly finding kindred spirits in this area too. A new friend lives just a couple miles away. They scaled up to selling garlic and a few other crops commercially to a local market, only to stop because it simply wasn’t cost effective for their time. It’s nice to find people who have blazed the trail on projects and kept numbers too.

  4. Leigh says:

    I can so relate about the insulation being not as good as you’d like but better than before! Still, the snow and icicles are beautiful! Lovely photos. I hear you’re getting another dumping today. What a winter, eh?

    • lee says:

      Yeah, it wasn’t a fun winter for us. The house is warmer, but still not great. It’s just been a rough year for the whole country. I suppose the southwest had a pretty typical winter, but the east coast was pounded repeatedly.

  5. Snowbrush says:

    Peggy would love them. So many posts two months ago, and none since…

  6. wow, that looks really COLD bbbbbrrrrrrrrrrrr
    but pretty!

  7. Allison Lavine says:

    Love your Blog! When I found it a couple months ago I went back to the beginning of your archives and read them all! I hope all is well and that more posts are coming. We are in the “offer” phase of purchasing 100+ acres here in New York… hoping that all goes well. I look to your blog as a source of information and inspiration! Best Wishes!

    • lee says:

      Thanks for the encouraging words. We’re fine, just in a winter slump. Good luck on your new property–sounds like a great chunk of land.

  8. Allison says:

    I found your blog a few months ago! Love it! We are in the process of purchasing 100+ acres and find your blog inspirational! I hope there is more to come and that this cold, cold winter is treating you both well!

    • lee says:

      Ah, double post! ­čÖé New commenters have to be manually approved, and I don’t always get to it immediately. I know it’s confusing for new people, but comment spam is worse.

  9. Jim says:

    Hey, were has your blog gone? Miss the updates.

  10. John says:

    Missing the updates guys.

    • lee says:

      Thanks. I’ve been missing writing them too.

      I’ve had a “We’re back” post in the works for over a week because I’m out of practice and agonize over word choice too much.

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