Saturday, January 10, 2015
Still frigid and windy.
This is the fourth day of extraordinarily cold weather in North Georgia. Supposedly it will begin to warm up to more normal temperatures and conditions on Sunday, and I hope so. My precautions have been successful so far, in that I have no frozen pipes and the well is still functional. However, I shudder to think what my propane consumption has been in the last 96 hours. Night time temperatures have been just below zero, and it hasn't warmed up above 22 during the days. Temperatures in town are marginally less harsh because the town is at a much lower elevation. Living on the top of a mountain has advantages but being warmer in winter is definitely not one of them. The intermittent strong wind has not helped much either.
Still, it could have been far worse. The power has not failed, which means I haven't been scrambling around outside in the dead of night refueling the generator. That's certainly made life easier.
The second issue of the new magazine Military Surplus is out. It's really excellent. The photography is spectacular, and the articles are well written. I thoroughly enjoyed the first one, and now this one has proven to be equally well worth the money ($10.00) .
Especially at this time of year, I spend a lot of time reading. Magazines help pass the time and you never know what you will learn. Most of my magazines are firearms or survival oriented, but between the ones I get in town, and the one's I get on Kindle, I don't have any trouble finding one to read when I want to.
Going through all my old books and reading them again pretty well fills in the gaps. The library is way too far away, and there's nothing in our library worth reading anyway.
Even if there were, I don't want books some Baptist has gone through and censored for me with a black magic marker. There are signs in the library that say "please do not censor the books" but that doesn't keep people from doing it.
I have been saving candle wax for several years, and have a large supply of it. My plan is to make my own candles rather than waste the wax. I've been looking on the internet for ideas (this picture above is from Walden Feeds),
I know how to make candles that you just use a jar as a mold for. But I would like to make functional, "standard issue" candles and I need a mold for that. I haven't been able to find any candle molds. I did find some wicks on Amazon but they were flimsy and expensive. If anyone out there makes their own candles, or knows something about doing it, I'd sure like their advice. One of my precepts for living here is to use everything I can, right down to the bitter end. I'd like to put this wax to good use.
Just as an aside, if anyone knows how to disable the function of blogger that lets the program go in and change words to different words as you type, I'd sure like to know how. From time to time, I wind up posting things that no one out of bedlam would write, because of this. For instance, I type "fried" and it changes the word to "friend" without any action on my part. If I don't catch it, the sentence makes no sense. Yesterday it changed a name on a comment two times in a row. There has to be a way to disable that. I know it's the program and not my machine because last night I was using the Kindle, and had this problem. I am using the laptop right now, and it just did it again.