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Sleeping in a log cabin or sod house during winter was not as warm and comfortable as we have grown accustomed to - the houses were poorly insulated, had air leaks and were unevenly heated. There are stories of people waking to find their blankets covered with snow after an overnight flurry.

She was cold. She was too cold to wake up. The covers seemed very thin. She snuggled closer to Mary and burrowed her cold head under the thin covers. In her sleep she was tight and shivering, till finally she grew cozily warm. The next she knew, she heard Pa singing.

'Oh, I am as happy as a big sunflower
That nods and bends in the breezes!
And my heart is as light as the wind that blows
The leaves from off the trees!'

Laura opened one eye and peeked from under the covers. Snow fell softly onto her face, a great lot of snow.

'Ow!' she said.

'Lie still, Laura!' said Pa. 'All you girls lie still. I'll shovel you out in a minute. Soon as I get this fire started and the snow off Ma.'

Laura heard the stove lids clatter. She heard the scratch of a match and the crackle of burning kindling. She did not stir. The covers were heavy over her and she was warm as toast.

Soon Pa came behind the curtain. 'There's a good foot of snow on these beds!' he exclaimed. 'But I'll have it off in three jerks of a lamb's tail. Lie still now, girls!'

Laura and Mary lay perfectly still while Pa shoveled the snow off their covers, and the cold came through them. They lay shivering and watching while with his shovel he took the snow off Carrie and Grace. Then he went to the stable to shovel out Ellen and the horses.

'Get up, girls!' Ma called. 'Bring your clothes and dress by the fire.'

Laura jumped out of the warm bed and grabbed her clothes from the chair where she had laid them the night before. She shook the snow off them and ran barefoot over snow scattered on the cold floor, to the stove beyond the curtain. As she ran she said, 'Wait, Mary. I'll come back in a minute and shake the snow off your clothes.'

-from By the Shores of Silver Lake

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