I listened to the radio for my weather report. It was more accurate than all the cell phone apps. Any time i heard the words “hard freeze” i set to work preparing the property. I turned on the light in the well house and placed a blanket against the bottom of the door. I retrieved all the drinking water from the non-climate-controlled shed and placed it in the heated tiny house. I put freeze bags over all the spigots and i made sure i had a lighter on hand in case i needed to melt ice off the padlock chaining the fence gate to get the car out (i learned this the hard way). Winter was a less productive time, when the effort was spent on maintaining what stood to be lost. Spring and summer would be the seasons to build and create.