Friday, February 13, 2015
Doing a load of laundry at one in the morning.
It never got above freezing here today. About three in the afternoon, the cold front passed through and we had several hours of building shaking wind. Lots of branches down, some shakes torn off the building roofs, but nothing serious. Then the wind went, but the cold stayed. By dark it was 20 and now it's 12 degrees outside.
I just finished checking all the buildings, particularly the glass house where the new chickens are living. It's holding the heat well, and the electric heater, set on high, is keeping the space at about 58, even in these temperatures.
I'm also running a load of laundry. Not because a couple of blankets and some miscellaneous towels and dish cloths couldn't have waited til morning. It's to keep water moving through the pipes between the house and the well. The well is down slope, about 300 feet from the main house and even further from the other buildings I pipe water to. So I need to keep the pump turning over and water flowing through the lines in weather like this, at least every six to eight hours. Running the washing machine is as good a way as any to do this in the main house.
Got a catalog in the mail today, one I enjoy reading. They sell canned freeze dried food, water storage and filtration gear, and all the nuts and bolts you need to put a largely self sufficient homestead together. I buy number ten can lids and canned ammunition for long term storage, among other things.
I had to walk all the way down to the mailbox and then all the way back up the mountain, but it's part of my plan to get in shape for the great expedition this spring. I usually exercise on the eliptical in the family room now, but it doesn't do me any harm to get out of the house.
It will stay cold tomorrow, then Saturday night start snowing. Sunday and Monday are "snow days" as well, though I don't yet know how much to really expect. It's going to be a long weekend.