My wife and I drove into town today. We wanted to buy some insulation for water pipes. Rob suggested I insulate the water line going up to the shop and apartment. Although that's all underground and I'd have to wait for a thaw, it occurred to me that it would be a good idea to check my pump itself. When I did, I found that all the insulation had been torn out when I had the pump replaced a couple of years ago. Until now, it hadn't mattered. But there was an icicle hanging down off the shut off valve, which is probably where the pipe froze the other night. We had a brief period of sunshine yesterday and it hit the pump cover, which is a kind of fiberglass dog house looking thing. The frozen joint thawed, and there is water up at the building again.
I did get the insulation and after an hour of uncomfortable work all the pipes are now well covered. If I am lucky at the worst the gland on that shut off valve may leak and I'l have to put a new one on there. That's not hard.
Over at Pioneer Preppy's blog, there was a comment to the effect that cheap versions of products we all use are getting scarce, while there are plenty of "brand name" versions of the same commodities on the shelf. That's certainly true at our Walmart. Their house brand is "Great Value" and they sell a great many food items at a good price under that label. But today we wound up buying the band name bacon, orange juice, coffee and other things because the house brand was sold out.
I also took our "long term" shopping list in and bought the things on it. I have two lists on the refrigerator. One is short term items, mostly consumables like orange juice, bread and the like. The other is labeled "long term." Those are things we just need to pick up for our store room, and I wait to buy those until I find them on sale. That would be toilet paper, spices, large amounts of canned goods, etc. Today we bought the things on both lists. Maybe I spent a few dollars needlessly but I want to keep my minimum levels of important items up to speed and even add a few extras of some items.
It's dark now and I think we are finished with being constructive for today.