Riggins with little brother Charlie and little sister Sadie.


Friday, February 7, 2014


Woke up to a temp of –6 degrees,that was at 05:00AM. Now at 09:45AM it is till –6 degrees. Luckily there is no wind so that is what we stand at.They are predicting a high of 23 for today, we will see.The altimeter setting is 30.5 n.(barometer) and the field elevation here at the Ranch is 210feet.

The furnace is back to barely keeping up with the cold, but it’s kept it right at 68 inside temp so were not complaining. we burn wood to raise it from there. Luckily we should have enough to get us through until the end of the month and by then we shouldn’t need to light the fireplace. But I will have to restock with a couple cords this summer. We started out with about a cord and a half, some of it was chopping's from here on the property as my son took down a couple of dead trees. Right now if you have to pay for it you will give about $90 a cord if you can find it. I am hoping for some free stuff if Andy and his friends take down some trees this summer.Of course you still have to give the guys something for there labor.

Took some dough out of the freezer and it is defrosting so by about 04:00PM it should be ready to be rolled into a pizza crust and then the ingredients added for a homemade pizza. Donna has the restaurant tonight, so I will have to fend for myself. Pizza and beer sound good even though it’s still early.

That’s about it for today, Hope all is well with all our friends out there. Be safe. Sam & Donna………..


  1. Not sure about how your fireplace works, but we found that when it gets SEVERELY cold, our fireplace draws all of our inside heat up and out, and our house stays colder...We don't burn a fire when it gets that cold ...keep our damper closed and wait for the 20 degrees to come back.

    1. Our fireplace is a big cast iron insert between the Kitchen and the great room, Doors and fire grates on both sides. besides the damper it is an enclosed metal box with a fan driven heatilator on top that blows out on both sides to heat the rooms,Have never built a fire on both sides, usually the kitchen side will heat both rooms toasty hot. It's actually more like a furnace than the conventional fireplace most people are used to.Quite handy in below zero weather,

  2. Hang in there Sam, warmer days ahead for sure........