Freezing rain gone now, snow takes it's place. Light snow. I know you did a lot of work on the homestead, I like the open space you describe. I hope you and dog have a warm and peaceful day. Cable is acting up so I suspect internet may go next. I hope not, but I have plenty to read or do if it does. I prefer to stay snuggled with the electric blanket, watching cable and surfing the internet. hahaAB.. freezing rain just now started while I was taking care of the chickens, gathering in my wood, and making sure the wind had not blown the plastic off the stash. If there is a power outtage I will be better off than most people. I can close off the rest of the house and dog and I can stay in the main room with the wood stove.
My kitchen and living area once was 3 little rooms, but I tore all that out and made one long room with the kitchen in one end, living area in the other and the dining room in the middle with the wood stove off on the back wall behind the dining area. I used old bricks for the flooring under the stove and all the way to the entrance and half way up the wall with old barn lumber above the bricks. I can pack in wood from my stash and keep plenty on the brick work right in the house and not worry about debris or hot coals. Simple living. Have a good day and stay warm. I plan to regardless of the weather.
Have a good one.:)