“Wyrd biõ ful ãræd.”

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

14 degrees on the front porch.


Pretty chilly this morning.  I got up at six and carried boiling water out to the animal troughs. Their water had a layer of thick ice over it.

Snug enough inside.  Even with two humidifiers going, the humidity level inside is 48.  The ferrets need it to be between 50% to 55% so I have a pot of water boiling on the stove to catch up.

Unless it warms up considerably,  and it isn't supposed to, I'm not going out today. There are plenty of things I can do inside.  I have a whole bunch of statements that need to be balanced,  there are always rifles that need to be wiped down with a silicon cloth, and I can continue reading the new Rawle's novel.  Maybe I'll give "The Walking Dead" a shot, although I seem to be finding reasons not to watch it. 

22 comments:

  1. Warming up here this morning I think although the internet temp still says 20. I got to clean out some more scrap metal from the barn and get two old freezers loaded on my truck this afternoon to take in tomorrow. It never ends.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. could you turn one of the freezers into a smoker? I saw that on a TV programme. I would love to have a go at that

      Delete
    2. I'm not going out in that kind of cold. Too hard on the joints. Supposed to warm up here day after tomorrow and then I have a few things I'll try to work on.

      Delete
    3. Sol, I never heard of that but I think it would be practical.

      Delete
  2. It got down to the mid 20's here, but we are back above freezing currently. I love it.

    We also just had a power failure. I immediately checked the cell phone and it was ok.

    After about 3-5 seconds the power came back on. I assume it was related to the cold weather, but the national GRID test thing started today, so you never know.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Could have been the transformer near you. Ours tend to start malfunctioning when it gets this cold. I once saw one explode when it was below zero here.

      Delete
  3. scrapped the car of ice this morning. We have snow forecast for next week. My neighbour said in the September it will be a harsh winter, this was because of all the berries we have on the trees. Some were blown off in the high winds of the gale that we had a few weeks ago.

    At least it means we are already prepped for the winter.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. We had "wooly booger" caterpillars all over the place early this year, which is taken as a sign of an impending bad winter. We haven't had a really bad winter in my part of the mountains for 15 years or so. If we have one now, a lot of new comers are going to find out that having uninsulated pipes under your house is not a good idea.

      Delete
    2. our winters are not as harsh as yours over there. We are just so unprepared. We don't have road clearers and the towns don't clear the snow and ice. We just come to a stop, literally.

      Delete
    3. Our whole county has two 1950's era dump trucks with plows on the front, and that's what we use to clear roads. But since the county and state are broke, we usually don't have any cinders or salt to put out. They just try to scrape off the roads. There are four roads coming into the county, and they can't keep those clear. All the back roads and secondary roads are ignored. I once asked the guy at the county maintenance shed what their plan for road clearance was if we had a big snow and their old trucks didn't fire up. He said "summer."

      Delete
  4. For your water trough worries, could you use bottled air / gas canister with hose and open slightly to cause bubbles to roil surface and prevent ice from forming in 1st place ?

    Here are some other thoughts, some pretty ingenious. Leave it to 'Country Folk' to think outside the box.

    http://tinyurl.com/mag3qnx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The idea with the bottled air might work, but it would be expensive. I just pour boiling water in the troughs several times a day. I'll take a look at that link you sent, if there's a better way to do things I'm all for it.

      Delete
  5. Sounds like a good plan - that's really cold! It's cold here but not that cold. I'm keeping the woodstove burning though.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. As long as you have wood, you'll be in good shape. This year I am not going to use my wood stove as much as I have in the past though. I will use it for a backup.

      Delete
    2. Harry, I was thinking that if I were in your situation, then I might use my gas/propane while I have the money to afford it and continue to add to the wood pile supply, that way if things crack up, you'll have a bigger supply of wood for a longer time period without as much physical effort since you have yours delivered.

      Delete
    3. Actually, propane is not as bad price wise as you might expect. It lasts a good long time if you are careful with it. My biggest concern would be the situation you mention above, where I can't resupply. I have a good bit of firewood stacked and covered but I'll probably buy more if the woodcutter gets ahead of his deliveries and can handle a mid winter order.

      Delete
  6. Harry, get your chores done, get yourself some comfort food ready along with your favorite beverage then sit down and watch that first season of the Walking Dead straight through. I think you'll like it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I watched "The Slap" tonight, which is that Australian series I've been following . If I stay home tomorrow I plan on watching the Walking Dead. I think it's going to be cold again tomorrow so I will probably be inside.

      Delete
  7. Harry,

    I believe you will enjoy the Walking Dead.

    I gave the first season to my son-in-law & daughter, the son-in-law usually doesn't care much for any of my recommendations, they watched the entire first season in one setting.

    -Moe

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Moe,
      I need to sit down and watch it. My middle brother sent me the first season, but my youngest brother, who is a big fan, has never seen the first season and he wants me to send it on to him. Everybody says it is really good, and that there are good survivalist procedures in it. I've never really liked the idea of Zombies, to be honest it is a little creepy to me though I couldn't tell you why. I guess I just need to sit down and check it out.

      Delete
  8. Keep those ferrets warm, you too! We watched the first episode of Walking Dead and it wasn't for me. I kept thinking- This would never happen, they wouldn't do that, etc. My daughter loves it though. I'd rather rewatch Omega Man.

    ReplyDelete
  9. I need to get started on it. Maybe tonight I'll watch part of it, since I slept so late I am certain to have trouble getting to sleep.

    I liked the Omega Man, the one with Charlton Heston.

    The ferrets are all cozy in their snuggy bags. I'm good until I have to go outside, that's not fun right now. But I'm not out long.

    ReplyDelete