We have a insert in our fireplace and had enough wood cut for several days. The insert gives off quite a bit of heat, so we were warm. There is a ledge on the insert where I can put a pot or two and boil water and cook a hot meal. I had plenty of candles and oil lamps for light. I purchased a couple of years ago a solar powered/crank radio, which also had a USB port to charge a cell phone if needed and were able to listen to the news and some music.
Today the clocks changed - "Spring forward" one hour and the first day of spring is just two weeks away. This weeks forecast is calling for temperatures above 0 C, which should melt away the snowbanks in our driveway.
I'm itching to get back into the garden but everything is still in hibernation here covered in deep snow. For now, I continue to enjoy the outdoors by hiking on the trails and dream of what I will plant when the ground has thawed.
It will soon be maple syrup time here. While out on a hike the woods we came across an area that had the tubing set up to collect the sap from the maple trees.