I think things may be settling down here in the Southern Appalachians.
The last two weeks of December were hard on a number of fronts. Instead of being in the 30's to 50' range temperature wise, the days were up near 60' to 70's. The humidity was in the 100% range much of the time, and the rains were virtually continuous. It has never rained so much here, for so long. Not even when hurricane remnants come through.
This has caused lots of problems. The grid failed so often and for such long periods that I ran off the generator more this year than in any five years combined prior to this. Roads washed out, trees came down everywhere. The rain overflowed my upslope diversion ditches, and got up against the back of the shop. Some got inside but everything was up off the floor on dunnage so there was no damage to speak of.
The cedar shakes were really soaked. They don't do well when they stay wet for 2 weeks. You start getting moss all over them, and that rots them. All in all, it was miserable. I could have broken out all the summer gear that I use for cooling and dehumidifying, but I kept telling myself how much work that was, and how disruptive. I felt like it just couldn't go on, but it did.
The last few days have been more normal. Temperatures in the low 40's by day, low 20's at night. Humidity is very low, which is drying things out. I'm back to using grid power, and heating all the closed in space in the house and outbuildings. I still have a huge amount of work to do repair wise, and clearing up outside is not going to be fun or easy.
The kids came just before Christmas. They didn't bring me any ferrets. My daughter said they were a day late leaving and she didn't have time to go across the city to the rescue. I felt badly about that but I understood. You don't get everything you want, when you want it I suppose.
We had a good visit. I got needed repair work done on their Jeep Commander. I spent about $500 getting a fender repaired. Naturally I have 500 deductible on that vehicle. Nobody wanted to spend the money on it but me. I can't stand letting a valuable asset just go to pot. As I told my family, just owning something isn't enough, it has to be maintained. I don't want that vehicle reduced to looking like the "Joadmobile" from the Grapes of Wrath.
During the visit we went to parks, to movies, to doctors, to dentists, to the optometrist. My kids like to cook, so we did a lot of that. At least, they did a lot of cooking and I did a lot of dishes. I am used to taking Navy showers. A habit from my Marine Corps days. To conserve water, you get in the shower, get wet, then turn off the water. When you are ready to rinse off, you turn it back on. 5 minutes, max. My kids take long, long showers. My hot water heater usually comes on perhaps twice a week. During their stay, it came on two or three times a day. I don't mind, I want them to be comfortable. However, they will have to change a number of items in their lifestyle if things deteriorate to the point they need to come down here. It will be quite a transition for them.
I got behind on all my normal chores like book keeping, so I have spent all morning working on that. Now I am tired of it and I'm going to take a break.