“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

― Frank Herbert

Monday, January 6, 2014

Snow, ice and very cold temperatures.


We have not had a lot of snow, which is a relief.   I walked down to the foot of the mountain and I can make it out to the highway if I need to.  However, the temperatures here are the coldest I believe I have seen since coming to live up in these parts back in 1986.

The door locks on the outbuildings freeze and I have to heat them to get inside the buildings.  The vehicles are covered with a sheet of ice. If I want to get into one of them, I'll have to pour hot water on the door seams.

We are warm enough inside, and I haven't had to jump through hoops with the generator or the kerosene heaters as the power has remained fairly constant.

The scanners have been on all day, and it's apparent that most people are staying home. The excitement of the day has been a couple of chimney fires, and an old guy who fell off his stool at Subway and knocked himself out. Not indicative of a lot of activity.

The cold cracked the windshield on my daughters Jeep Commander  but the insurance will cover that. My son called and he needed some new, warm boots. He's outside a lot at his job. So he has gone to get those, then he's going over to his sister's tonight for supper.  The cold doesn't seem to be bothering people there much though it's worse than here.

All in all, we are doing alright.

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  1. Glad to hear that you are doing well with all the seasonal activity of snow/ice/cold.

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    1. K, last night was a whole different order of things. We got down to 16 below on the mountain.I don't think I have ever seen it that cold here. The extra altitude didn't help

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  2. I'm glad everyone is doing okay and you haven't been hit with any power failures yet.

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    1. Dreamer, one short power failure last night, but the power came back on before I could get all the backups going so it wasn't too bad. I saw on the news the UK is being pounded with huge waves, rain and cold. I hope you and Ian are doing ok in all that

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    2. All okay here, it's wet, windy and cold,plenty short power failures, but nothing so far we weren't prepared for :)

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  3. Harry instead of pouring hot water on your door seals to get the doors open (this may cause worse frezzing) Take a cloth dip it in anti freeze and apply a film to your door seals this will prevent a lot of froze shut doors

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    1. That's a good notion. I have a jug of antifreeze in the barn. The water does freeze almost instantly. The locks on all of my outbuildings are simply not functioning anymore. I am leaving the doors unlocked perforce, which is something I never do.

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  4. So pleased to hear from you today, and to know you are okay. I think I would rather be sweating my butt off, than freezing my butt off!

    Take care and stay warm.

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    1. Tania, cold causes a lot more mechanical problems, that's for sure. There are also the pipes to consider. I slept in the apartment last night, so I could run water ever so often. When you are on a pump you can't just let the water run because you will burn out the pump over time.

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  5. Storms like these with really cold temps always effect the rural people much worse than the city dwellers as long as they are temporary things. Blizzards are usually the same thing it's always the rural folks that get lost etc.

    I think the worst part is over for us here. The temps are still like -3 or so but the wind is dropping off now.

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    1. Last night was supposed to be the worst for us, but the high temp is predicted to be 22 and we are always about 6-10 degrees lower than the predicted temperature. Everything here is frozen.

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    1. Sol, so far so good. It's a lot more difficult to keep things together and there are equipment failures but we think the worst is over temp wise. The worst thing is that the ferrets medicine has not arrived at the vets because it is coming from Arizona and the roads have been so negatively impacted by the weather.

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  7. It's 7 PM CST, and it's 5 degrees. Enough already!
    Like you, not much snow,just cold. Walked to the mailbox today, and thought I had tissue paper pants on. Stay warm.

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    1. I went down to my gate yesterday on foot, and didn't think I was going to make it back up the mountain to the house. Something about walking in the cold makes it a lot harder to breath.

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  8. We're very, very cold too. They said to line your car door gaskets with vegetable oil so they won't get moist and freeze. I guess you might be able to do something like that to doors too??? Good luck, keep warm. My Jeep's windshield crack is getting bigger, and bigger, etc.

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    1. Vegetable oil on the car door gaskets might work. I can't get into my Jeep at all right now. Elizabeths Jeep window just started cracking at the corner. Maybe from running the defroster on the frozen window. Cold is nobody's friend this week.

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  9. Stay warm my friend. We are hold up indoors, I have had to be out but just quick trip to town. Our water froze again. Warmer temps by this weekend here, Coldest temps since 1996.

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    1. I stayed in the apartment last night to run water ever so often. The electric heat out there could only keep the apartment at 55 degrees, not very comfortable. But I got through the night and it's supposed to be warmer tonight, though not much.

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  10. That's horrible with your daughter's car window. She's getting hit hard with medical bills and now that.

    The high here was 7-, and it felt like -40 with the wind. Luckily the kids didn't have school today anyhow. It was a teacher's day. They are on for tomorrow. I think they are ready to go back. We took our Civic into the shop because the back lock wouldn't work. It was something I would have happily waited on, but it was already in the books that we'd take it in. $300 later...I wish they still had push locks! Although when I forget where I park, beeping the car helps me find it.

    Our 8 year old refuses to keep his gloves on. It's annoying. It's dangerously cold. My husband isn't too much better. He left to go watch a football game at a friend's house, which is 35 min. away. It's cold, stay home!

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    1. Elizabeth hasn't had much luck lately. But we are helping her with the medical bills and I'll cover the difference on the windshield if the insurance doesn't cover it all. Sometimes kids still need a little help even when they are grown and gone.

      We aren't having school here, it's just too cold. Car repairs seem to be constant and they are never cheap. I guess with little kids you have to be able to lock those doors, so that repair had to get done ASAP. There's never a good time for it.

      My son called and needed a new pair of work boots because of this cold, so we got that handled. He has a good pair of gloves, and he's not pulling them off. But he is the one who got out in a snow storm just wearing a diaper when he was little, so I can sympathize with your worries about the little guy pulling off his gloves.

      Hope your husband is careful. Cody Lundin said in his book 98.6 Degrees that most people who get into trouble in the outdoors are not camping , but just out there incidentally when things go wrong. You are right, venturing out in the freezing cold, away from your support base, is probably not to be done lightly.

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  11. Geez, that looks cold . . . just stay inside. I'm waaaay south of you, but a cousin who lives in Montana tells me his home work boots are muck boots three sizes too large, with three pairs of FLUFFY wool socks. Sez they are easier (and less expensive) to switch out the liners after they get damp.

    Bummer about the windshield. Get that looked at quickly - pretty sure a lot of people have that happen to them and parts to replace it may get scarce.

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    1. It's really cold. But the air is so dry, that the snow is disappearing as the air sucks up the water. I am running two big humidifiers in my house right now, and the humidity is only 46 percent.

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  12. 27 deg. in NE Florida this AM, not as cold as you are but still cold for us.

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    1. Duke, I saw how cold it was down there and I wondered if maybe the cold will kill the pythons. That would be a good thing.

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  13. Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    I've not commented on your blog for a spell, because I work nights and I have been too tired and too cold.

    I do however check your blog every night after work, just too tired to comment. I'm off until this weekend now.

    The beach on Padre Island where I work at was completely deserted. No tourists, no fisherman, just hard cold wind from the north driving sand down the beach at 30 miles an hour with a wicked wind chill for the Gulf Coast (reminds me of a deserted beach on the Ivory Coast of Africa, cold water, cold air, driving sand, just no shipwrecks)
    My only companion was a full size lone Coyote that was raiding backyards of wealthy property owners miles away. The Coyote looked well fed and was walking briskly down the beach heading for a large deserted area in the dunes where I'm sure its den is at (the Coyotes eat dog food left in bowls in backyards and sometimes the dogs and cats too) Its wise to bring you dogs in at night on Padre Island.
    I was in my office at the time looking out at the window. In the cold and isolation I nicknamed my office "Ice Station Zebra"
    I have two heaters and internet. I also have books to read since there was nothing going on. My employer wants me to man 'man my post until properly relieved" despite everything being shut down and having absolutely nothing to do (I cant tell you where I work, OPSEC)
    If I told you, you would understand, and understand why I am being employed for the moment to do nothing.
    When the weather changes, I will be busy, in fact, very busy.
    I really like this time of year, I like the isolation. I can think, relax and look out windows at the waves rolling in and hear the constant surf and wind. Small sand dunes build up around my truck tires on the windiest nights and everything glows in the haze of large mercury vapor lights in the area I work at late at night. Maybe I will name my friend the Coyote which I see several nights a week roughly at the same time.
    I think I will eat breakfast now and go back to sleep for awhile.

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    1. Harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      on last thing, what happened to Kymber at Ice Station Nova Scotia.

      Did Novo Scotia get hit by and Iceberg and sunk:)
      Kymber and her husband' I bet are sitting in an lifeboat eating hardtack and waiting on the Carpathia for rescue since Nova Scotia went the way of Atlantis.
      'Just to be fare, down here in Texas all the "Cowpatties" have frozen over and in the spring thaw we will have "ten trillion mushy dark green landmines" covered in flies and mosquitoes. We got lots of 'dung down in Texas'

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    2. Capt. Crunch,
      I think it is just really cold in the area Kymber and J live in. They did a post a few days ago and it was one of those days with cold and lots of snow.

      Working nights is good. Nobody bothers you. Sounds like if you could stand the cold you could have the beach all to yourself for your walks.

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  14. The beauty of your pic belies the temperature I know.

    Stay warm Harry

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    1. So far we have avoided any serious damage. Two of the three vehicles still start. Pipes aren't frozen. We have had to resort to some field expedient methods to keep the humidity in the house up and keep the temps warm enough for the ferrets, but today is supposed to be the last days like this.

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