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"A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within."

Ariel Durant

Monday, January 11, 2016

Well, I said I wanted it to get cold.

“ People who go to be early always complain that the night is too short, but for those of us who stay up all night, it can feel as long as a lifetime. “
Yoshimoto,

I wanted it to be more like winter, and it certainly is.

Last night it got down into the low teens. I went out every three hours to run some water in the outbuildings.

Because I have a pump, which I don't want kicking on and off all night long, I have to turn on the water, let it run, then turn it off.

I basically slept in the easy chair, in my full outdoor rig, because it wasn't worth trying to go to sleep on a normal basis. Napped some today and caught up.

Because it never got above freezing, I had a lot of work to do outside. Had to run the vehicles. The truck has been sitting too long, and I couldn't get it to crank. Eventually used diesel starter spray and got it going, let it run for half an hour to recharge the batteries.

There's been a helicopter circling around this part of the mountains for the last hour or so. He goes over me, then angles out and loops back. He's apparently looking over part of the Appalachian Trail. I have't heard anything on the law enforcement or search and rescue frequencies, so I have no idea what that's about.  Good luck to him if he's looking for someone, it's pitch black out there.

Nice and warm inside.  I've got the house completely sealed up, so no fire in the fireplace or stove. If I am running the propane heat there's no sense in having it all go up the fireplace chimney.


I'm not all that enthusiastic about going out at night, especially after snow and ice. Sometimes, like tonight, I have to but I don't want to make a habit of it.


The new season of Vikings premiers at 2200 on Thursday, 18 Feb 2016. I saw the trailer, and as always, it looks good.





16 comments:

  1. Sounds like Ol' Man Winter finally got to your neck of the woods. We had the same trouble with the truck, too, when we were subzero. But when it is that cold no one wants to be out and about anyways.

    One thing for sure though is that Spring will be here before we know it.

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    1. Hobo, for us here, January and February, then the first half of March, can be really tough weatherwise. But I don't mind it, as long as we don't get really cold weather with no break at all.

      Cold is bad enough, but when it's combined with sleet and ice, snow , that kind of thing, I can be totally imobolized. I spent two weeks up here once in the early 1990's after a bad freezing rain storm. Even after it warmed up, the trail stayed impassable for all that time because in winter, the sun news shines down on the trail as the mountains block it.

      After that, I started watching the weather carefully and parking a vehicle down on the hard surface road when there was a chance of getting frozen in. The trouble is, that's three miles to the parking place and it's a long walk. I can still remember my wife and I walking down the mountain in the pitch black at 4:30 in the morning, to get to a vehicle so we could go to work back when we were both working.

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  2. Watch your step; a fall in bad weather can be dangerous.

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    1. That's always in the back of my mind. A slip and fall out there, when it's that cold. and I could be an icicle by dawn.

      The problem for me is that as I get older, the place up here doesn't get any less demanding, but it's get harder and more dangerous to take care of.

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  3. I am not ready for winter. We wrap our pump pipes and have a spring house so unless it gets really cold, we have no problem.

    Is this your art?

    Enjoy your evening. Thanks for coming by to visit.

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    1. Gail, I can't draw stick figures. These are paintings off the internet. I used to use a lot more of my actual photos but don't take many these days.

      When my place was built (1986), the water lines were buried deep enough to handle the coldest expected winter. But for whatever reason, over the last 30 years we have had some hellish winters, with temps getting down as low as 15 below. So I developed a routine to use whenever it gets in the double digits. I have a heater in my pump house, but my weak link is those buried pipes.

      I enjoy coming to your place. You're a good writer and I think you lead an interesting life.

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    2. You might be surprises what you can draw if you forget "I can't draw". It's a good destresser for me.

      So far, knock on wood, we've had nothing to freeze this year. I have one faucet I wrap, the others are frostless. Now and then it just gets too cold and it does freeze.

      Thank you. My life is less interesting by the day!

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    3. I don't know. We older folks don't have the same kind of interactions and "adventures" we did when younger, but having some time to do the things we want to do compensates. Seems to me you have a pretty interesting life!

      My wife and kids are artists after a fashion. I just don't have the talent. My skills lie in other directions. I can take good pictures. I need to buy a decent camera. My little Walmart pocket camera is ten years old now.

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  4. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    Yeah' when I first saw the Viking thing on this post I yelled 'Ahhhugghh" real loud in my house.

    Yeah' being a Viking would be interesting.

    I look forward to Vikings with great anticipation.

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    1. CC, it's about the only series I care anything about watching anymore. I look forward to the new season. I'd have made a good viking, I think. The berserker mindset suits me. And I sure know that old Viking felt in asking his "favor" of Ragnar.

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  5. We have been getting below zero at night here. Luckily there is snow cover to protect trees and other plants. Gasoline engines don't need special care in this weather. Sorry you have to check on your outbuildings and vehicles in the middle of the night.....been there, done that. It took us years, but we are finally weatherized for that kind of weather. What I dread are the January's that are 30 below zero. Now, that's cold and required all kind of vigilance. Getting too old for that.

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    1. My God. I had no idea it got that cold there. That's Eastern Front weather. I don't see how you survive it.

      It's not so bad, going out with a light and checking the outbuildings. Running water through the pipes by opening a sink tap or flushing a john out there is just routine, but it keeps me from getting much sleep at night, and then if the day doesn't warm up enough the cycle just goes on. But if it's hard to live up here, at the same time it keeps the tourists and 2nd home Atlanta/Florida folks away in winter. I don't mind sharing the mountains in Fall and Summer, but winter needs to be quiet. It needs to be empty and just the natural noises, and empty roads.

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  6. Thanks, it was 8 degrees here the other day. I think I prefer the 50-60 degree weather we were having better. Looking forward to Vikings, I hope they will continue to stream it since we don't have cable or satellite.

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    1. Kathy, I'm sure they will. 8 degrees is rough, and on top of all the flooding and storms I'm sure it's a handful.

      Your husband sent me some good information on ham radio, and some good links. I am going to discuss it with the wife. We have to coordinate any big expenditures and my wife would like me to choose a cheap hobby this time, if I just "have to have another one." But I think the ham radio skill and equipment would enhance our survivability up here.

      My wife doesn't have any hobbies except sewing, so she's not on the expensive side. Also I haven't figured out how to sneak radios into the house, although I have the sneaking guns in down to a science.

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  7. Harry,

    No more talking about cold weather......because before you know it the cold will be waiting at your door step :PP

    Stay safe and warm.

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    1. Sandy, we've had plenty of it lately. I actually like it except when it's too cold and I have to go out at night and run some water in the outbuildings to keep the pipes from freezing.

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