We are expecting single digit weather here mid week as a big cold front moves down from the arctic. I have some extra work to do to get ready for it, as this place was set up for temperatures down to around 20 F. Below that, I have to take extra precautions. There have been periods of below zero weather here once in awhile over the years, but not nearly as frequently as have occurred in the last five years or so. I am considering making some permanent modifications to my set up here so that I don't have to be stringing electric extensions down to the pump house or putting extra insulation around the casing.
Two new magazines came in the mail yesterday. I subscribed to them both to save a little money, but I wouldn't encourage others to do that. True, they are cheaper. But both magazines are just stuck in the mail , no envelope, no plastic cover, so by the time they get to me they are beat to Hades. This is my second "issue" of magazines and these arrived in worse shape than the first set. I don't want to pay for something that reaches me looking like it's been sitting in a barber shop for six months.
In general, I like these two magazines quite well. I enjoy seeing all the high tech equipment, even if I can't afford to buy it (or won't, because I can replicate it more cheaply with surplus gear.) I admit I wonder why they put a story in a survival magazine about domestic abuse? I don't think that's appropriate, myself.
Usually I'd be listening to Coast to Coast radio about now (2:50 a.m. on Monday morning) but lately the broadcasts have been pretty lame. Not to mention that a lot of the callers have been people who were clearly insane. Some of their programs are quite interesting, but this past week I've turned it off and done other things like reading a bit. You can pick up Coast to Coast on shortwave, on some A.M. stations, or you can listen to it on line if you have one of those programs like "Tune It" which lets you listen to streaming broadcasts.
Popular Communications is still around. This issue had a good story about Art Bell and Coast to Coast A.M. I usually pick one up when I go anywhere that has a book store, like Barnes and Nobles in a mall. It has some good shortwave information but I don't subscribe because it's mostly about things more sophisticated than I care to get involved in. Multiple trunking scanners come to mind. That's in the too hard category and wouldn't do me any good anyway, as we are nowhere near that sophisticated in my part of the mountains.
We only have one law enforcement frequency per county and they transmit "in the clear." Terrain masking makes vhf communications too hard for encryption up here.
Well, the big news of the week will be the frigid air. I've checked my anti-freeze in the vehicles.
I've had my propane tanks topped off this week, and had one more load of wood delivered. None of that fuel related activity was particularly necessary, but when I hear something like this is coming I feel like I need to get busy. I do a lot of overkill but it doesn't hurt and it keeps me from getting ancey.
So we'll just see how it goes from here. I've gone down the checklist, and I guess we are ready , just a few more finishing touches to do before Wednesday.