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Deep Freeze. by Baron-Engel Deep Freeze. by Baron-Engel
New Year has come and gone in my Equestria dreamscape. The holidays were behind us until Winter Wrap Up, now it was just a matter of making it through the rest of winter. So far the little cottage that Petina, Carousel and I share had weathered the season pretty well. The roof hasn't leaked, the cistern hasn't frozen, and the pipes have held up okay. However there was an event scheduled that was going to be real test of our household.

Clearly marked in the weather schedule and noted repeatedly in the local paper several days before was two days slated for Deep Freeze. The local weather service planned to create sub-zero conditions for 48 hours in area around Ponyville. This was an annual event and it served a couple of important functions. One it assured that the ponds and lakes really froze nice and deep. This assured good ice skating conditions which is popular pastime in the area. It also meant the ice would be nice and deep and suitable for cutting into ice blocks for the Ponyville Ice Company that services most of the ice boxes in the immediate area. In fact the Ice Company usually visits us about once a week, less often during the winter.

Second it assures that the maple trees sap flows strong when the thaw begins at Winter Wrap Up. Several pony families in the area make a living harvesting the maple trees in Whitetail Woods. For generations these families have maintained large groves of the trees there. Besides domestic consumption Ponyville maple syrup is exported to other parts of Equestria.

Now we had done most of winter preparations for the cottage back in the autumn but since neither Carousel or I had any work scheduled during the winter and Petina was ahead on her writing and studies, we spent the days before the Deep Freeze getting ready for it. Extra cords of firewood were brought in. Oh thank you Happy Mare's Home Journal Winter Preparation Chart for the firewood calculator. [link] All the grates in the fireplaces, stove, and water heater were throughly swept and the flues inspected. The cistern was topped off to help it keep from freezing and extra straw and snow packed around it. Extra blankets were brought down from the attic. Caulking was checked one more time around the windows and the shutters were closed. During the Deep Freeze the curfew concerning fires at night was lifted but spark screens still had to be in place at all times. Now all we could do is wait for the freeze.

Now our little cottage [link] is a well made little structure, but it does not have such nifty modern features as double pane windows, central heating, or fiberglass wall and ceiling insulation. It is half-timber construction with a thatch roof. Yes the walls are good and thick, and a layer of snow on top of thick thatching does help retain the heat. However when the temperature drop down to -15F you notice it. Fortunately there was very little wind.

Now being a pegasi pony I naturally had more resistance the cold since it can get quite chilly several thousand feet up even in the summer. For Petina and Carousel it was another matter. Yes we all had nice hides of hair and they could put sweaters and leggings on, but both of the mares had grown up in either futuristic high-tech worlds where buildings had good climate control systems or environments where it never got this cold. Carol had lived all her live in San Francisco Bay Area and Petina is originally from the 24th Century. Even Petina's routine visits to Andur had not prepped her for this kind weather since the Sultan's city is located on the Northeast African coast. So this was quite a shock for both of them.

We kept the fireplaces and the water heater lit all the time. Especially the water heater since it helps keep the cistern from freezing. I kept everyone fed with a steady stream of hot tea, coffee, and hot chocolate. We all gathered things we could do in living room and spent time together under a large, thick blanket of Trottingham wool by the fire. So long as we all stayed under the blanket it was okay. Actually so long as I stayed under the blanket then the mares were okay as they reasserted my role as hot water bottle again. If I left for more than a few minutes they started complaining. Hot meals and little diversions like card games and books helped the day pass. However when bedtime came it obvious that no matter how many blankets were a on her bed or whether we ran a bed warmer full of coals over them that Carousel was going to be one miserable, cold pony since her room had no heater. So it was decided that Carousel would sleep in our bed since our bedroom had its own fireplace. Thus three ponies ended up under a thick down comforter and several woolen blankets sharing each others bodily warmth on a frigid winter night.

To be continued.
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:icondgs-krieger:
Dgs-Krieger Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
In those situations, I become a walking pile of sheets and covers. Warrrm...

Silly Petina, put some pants on!
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Aramis-Dagaz Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
I've also been uniquely blessed with two girlfriends (though not at the same time) with somewhat poor circulation or very slight builds, leaving them sensitive to the cold and cementing my position as a handy space heater. I may have many good traits, but being a significant source of warmth is the one that certainly encourages the cuddles.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes and weather like this definitely encourages snuggling.
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MountainLygon Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Another thing a deep freeze after heavy snow does is it produces a good mountain snow pack, which in turn replenishes mountain springs that feed rivers during the dry summer. That's why a mild winter is usually followed by a drought.

I notice you tend to mix up "pegasus" and "pegasi." Pegasus is singular. Pegasi is plural. When used as an adjective, the singular is used (eg pegasus ponies).
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Actually I keep getting that one mixed up. Thanks for the reminder.
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ColonelYeo Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are one lucky stud, Baron. ;)
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
There are worst ways to spend you winter.
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YiorYeosa Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I first thought it was a pony rendition of "A Christmas Carol". :D
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Halpthiuian Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, you lucky! Believe it or not, living in a castle this time of year isn't all it's cracked up to be. Next year I'm going to have a convection grating installed in my room's fireplace.
Also, the guards (when they think they can get away with it) will actually wager for guard duty at the entrances to Celestia's bedchambers. (Three guesses why. :icondashlolplz: )
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
There are worse jobs.
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Thanos-san Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is so many kinds of adorable... xD
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Especially after what everypony had been through.
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Thanos-san Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Indeed... I'd say you all deserve some adorable right about now xD
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K4nK4n Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
I laughed so much at The Blanketted Carousel, gwafufufuh~!! Last image is cute.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
She was undercover.
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K4nK4n Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
I can see that. And I'm more than willing to hug h- err, I mean help keep her warm.
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ardashir Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Very nice! But I bet if you really wanted to be warm, you'd sleep with Spike. Twilight has her own walking heater right there.

Oh, now I see Spike making that offer to Rarity to 'keep you warm in the winter chill' or the like.
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HikMaw Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist
The thought of living in a dream is amazing to me.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
My dreams are some of the most precious things I have.
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HikMaw Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist
You're are very good at replying to your viewers comments thats nice to know :)
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Well this is how I see it. If you take the time to comment to me, and your comments are intelligent and constructive it is in my best interest to try and reply to them. It is one of the best ways to develop a relationship with my watcher. Besides folks ask some rather interesting questions which make stop and think about the dreams. This in its on way helps with my recall of them when I'm awake. I don't reply to every comment or right away but I do make an effort.
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HikMaw Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist
well tank you for taking the time to reply to my comments.
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lordhoyle Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Your Cutie mark should be a hot water bottle. Also Have you been to Cloudales yet?
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
At this point no. I had not taken my long range flight and navigation exam from Rainbow Dash. However this current dream arc does end up in Cloudsdale
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Ryan-Pawz Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
What do you do for work? I thought maybe you had joined the weather service too?
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Actually at this point I was studying for my preliminary exams to become a weather pony. At first I will become a reservist, but I will start collecting a small monthly paycheck from it. If I finish all exams I can be put into the regular rotation.

The other potential long term money scheme is tapping into natural talent for cloud manipulation. Petina has plans to start a skywriting campaign for local merchants and companies. Petina has pored over the weather service regulations and there is technically nothing on the books prevent her little business idea. Just so long as our little commercial venture does not interfere with the weather it is legal.
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Ryan-Pawz Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Sweet. I know if I were a pegasus that's what I would want to do. If it's not being done, sky writing is a great idea!
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Gilhin Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Platonically adorable~ Cold weather always seems to erase notions of 'personal space', and makes everyone a cuddle bug.
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Uchihaninja Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Those poor mares. I bet it makes them wish they were pegasi. Wonderfull stuff, baron. Especially the bottom two pictures. You all look so snuggly together. There are worse things to be than the designated mare-warmer. Though, this does make me wonder what sort of insulation is built into homes in Equestria. I have no idea what is technologically feasable.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
If we had the second stove in Carousel's bedroom it would not be as much of a problem. Also I think it was just a shock to the mares. After all it had been snowing for awhile so they thought it couldn't get any worse. Surprise.
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Uchihaninja Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
I guess I can understand that. I hate any degree of cold. Even relavively mild weather. I suppose I'm just a bit of a wimp like that.
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Cursive-Spill Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Carousel wearing the blanket is what I do every winter (including now). I call it "Hibernating" lol
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Smudge is the same way at times.
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Cursive-Spill Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The looks I get when my room mate spots a hand drawing on the tablet and two eyes peering from a small "view port". Priceless.
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Kazzellin Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hee. Love the last picture, and the one above it. :)
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Snuggly ponies are very snuggly.
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Kazzellin Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
INdeed! :D
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quodfuero Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
The deep freeze would also be important in promoting turn over in bodies of water like ponds which re-oxygenates their bottoms.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah! That is not something I thought of. Thanks for the info.
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Ognimod Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
I get the impression that you don't like the girls using you as a living radiator. This is just the Baron-girls fanboy in me talking, but I fail to see any disadvantage to being such a lucky SOB. =P

[Deep Freeze] assured good ice skating conditions which is popular pastime in the area. It also meant the ice would be nice and deep and suitable for cutting into ice blocks for the Ponyville Ice Company that services most of the ice boxes in the immediate area. In fact the Ice Company usually visits us about once a week, less often during the winter.
This is interesting because it means Twilight singlehoovedly revolutionized the ice industry in Ponyville.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I get the impression that you don't like the girls using you as a living radiator. This is just the Baron-girls fanboy in me talking, but I fail to see any disadvantage to being such a lucky SOB. =P

No it just the matter that they get rather clingy. They want you to say under the blanket with you, but they still want their hot chocolate. However if you go to get their cocoa they start complaining about being cold. No win situation for me.

This is interesting because it means Twilight singlehoovedly revolutionized the ice industry in Ponyville.

No the Ponyville Ice Company has been around for decades before the Winter Wrap Up episode, and while they are technically part of the wrap up teams they do most their harvesting before the wrap up begins.
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Ognimod Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Yeah, but remember how irregularly they used to cut the frozen lakes before Twilight came along. If one ice-processing method involves chunks of frozen lake, it would be easier to work with perfectly right-angled ones. Then again, I'm thinking in terms of the show's universe...
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EarlMcClaw Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
IIRC, the ice was harvested before thaw began. With a predictable thaw (aka Winter Wrap-Up), ice harvesters would have time to complete their work and be packed away long before Pinkie Pie's "scoring" to ready the ice for break-up, which would be ineffective if it were still thick enough for harvesting.

But she might have inspired some new harvesting procedures.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
True she instill the idea of squaring them up initial to save on extra labor later.
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EarlMcClaw Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
What, no hot apple cider?

Yeah, that little cottage would be about as effective at keeping out the cold as a Memphis motel during a freezing snap. But -15F is enough to test any precautions, even modern ones. That's less "winter" and more "arctic."

Second image, just have to say it -- "Cold cash"! :)
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah for about two days everything came to a halt around the area as everypony just hunkered down and rode out the event.

Cold cash! LOL.
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AppleCider1412 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
COOL!
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
No cold! Very,very cold.
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AppleCider1412 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol awesome. anyways, i can't wait to see more. i won't be on monday or tuesday tho. i turn 23 on tuesday
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Ognimod Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Happy birthday =)
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