I walked down to the mailbox today, but I was cursing myself on the way back. I never seem to remember that walking down the mountain is one thing, walking back up it is another. Especially when it is so cold that you can't sit down on a log for a rest. The wind is blowing out there, and it's icy. I just got back inside from doing the afternoon chores. Mostly running water through the outbuilding pipes, checking the temperatures in the outbuildings, and feeding all the animals. I ran the Jeep and the truck for awhile. Had to use ether to get the truck going, diesel engines don't deal with cold very well.
I checked the propane gauge. I'm using a lot of propane but I would rather do that than be cold.
This seemed like a good time to do some reading so I'm going through Lucifer's Hammer again. It's a really old book, maybe a contemporary of Alas Babylon. In terms of preparedness, people had the same concerns and issues when that book was written that they do today. I suppose the basic requirements for staying alive in a disaster don't change, even if cars and clothes, and other things do.
That's not terribly realistic but one of the reasons for reading is entertainment. Maybe not the most important reason, but it's still there. I make fun of my wife because she won't go see movies unless she knows for sure they end happily. That's why we didn't go see "Sole Survivor" this past weekend. But I can see her point, things are grim enough and when you pay money for entertainment you want to leave the theater feeling uplifted and positive, not sad and dragged down.
I suppose I'm that way with my books.
On the Beach was good enough to be made into a movie with an excellent cast, whatever I may think of it.
I have been digging out some old cold weather equipment that I've had stored for eons. One of the things that has come in handy is a device that plugs into the wall socket on my barn, and "jump starts" vehicles. I need to put a new battery in the Jeep, because the one I have is ok for normal events but not for this kind of weather. However, the handy dandy ancient jump starter has fired it up when need be. I'm glad I have that, because maneuvering the truck around to use cables on the Jeep is impossible in the limited space I have here.
So far the power has not gone out, but I've been running the generator with a dummy load periodically to make sure it will fire up if I need it. Because it's diesel it's getting a shot of ether on start up as well. Even the cans of ether are from barn supplies, and I couldn't get along without them. It's nice to have what you need, when you need it.
The rest of today I'm staying inside. I've had enough wind and cold.