Life in a superinsulated solar house. More about the life than about the solar.
You're far closer to being ready for winter than we are. Unfortunately, we are probably far closer to winter than you are. Sigh.
Undoubtedly you are closer to winter, but after all that canning I wouldn't say you're less ready than I am. I was meaning to find an appropriate place to mention that the alfalfa field (the only one for miles around) actually got a second cutting of hay last week, after this extremely hay-unfriendly summer. I don't think it was more than eight inches tall, but they cut and baled it anyway.