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Monday, December 19, 2016

Chilly. China. Whiplash. Death. Timber!

Now, there's a catchy heading...


Lots happening but not a lot of opportunity to post.  So - you get it all at once, you lucky devils.


First, there was this:

Notice the minus sign...
which is not surprising, since I do live in the Northeast and it is winter.  However, there was also...no heat.  I quickly got on the phone and called - pardon the expression - my furnace guy's hot line.  Also as no surprise, there were quite a few of us queued up on the hot line.  And, as there were elderly people living in trailers with no back-up heat source, I was relegated down the line.  A fire was lit in the fireplace and the electric space heaters were put in bathrooms.  We snuggled.


Then there was the good news/bad news - it was not my furnace (good) but it was my thermostat (bad).  Off they went in search of a replacement.  Some hours later, they were back and installed the new thermostat.


Next morning?  Rinse, repeat.  Bad thermostat.  Made in China (really surprised you there, didn't I?)  Second thermostat seems to be holding its own.
Lovey is very happy the new thermostat is
working.
We had a cold front move through - more than one, I believe - behind a gale-force wind.  It was rather...er...noisy.  Then we got eight inches of snow.  Then it rained.  Then it froze.  Herein lies the whiplash effect.  Sunday morning I woke up to rain and 39 degrees.  This morning?  It was 9 degrees.  At least it was in the positive.  Gads.  In between, I was busy shoveling, raking snow off the carport and fuel tank cover, loading sand buckets, chipping piles of icy llama beans, adding layers to duck huts, chicken coops and barn floors.


In amongst these activities, I ladled out the birdseed.  Only later in the day - after noticing a drop-off in bird activity, did I discover there had been a violent death.  Gah!  I believe it was one of my mourning doves.
Nothing but feathers and a little spot of blood.
Between the 8+ inches of snow and then the rain, I was kept on my toes by the slow movement of snow and ice down my shiny new metal roof.  After the close call with The Pepperoni, I am very alert.  The entire back of the roof shed its load right when I was baking my latest GF discovery.  I am blaming the collapse of the loaf on the extremely loud noise the snow load made as it hit my deck.  Not only that, the center was not cooked through, even after an hour and fifteen minutes.  I was loathe to cook it longer, as it would have dried to the consistency of a hockey puck.  Can chickens eat chocolate?


Timber!
Living in the Northeast in winter is not for sissies.

13 comments:

  1. WHAT a weekend you had! I shall not be complaining about our recent weather. (Although we did hit a low of -14, have little to no snow cover for insulation, blah, blah, blah.) Glad to hear you all made it through the heating crisis (everybody wore their thermal underwear?) and had back-up heat source to save the day. Sorry about the demise of the dove. Some other wild creature was hungry and needed the fuel. Let's hope this coming week is a little smoother for you.

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    1. Mama Pea - I could take the low temps if it wasn't so darn windy! Yeesh. I think it was a hawk, since there were no prints in evidence. I wouldn't know what to do if I had a smooth week. It would make me nervous... :)

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  2. I've been worrying about you! Glad to hear from you. Stay warm, please.

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    1. FFG - That is so sweet! We try - it's all about layers. Lots of them!

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  3. Hope you didn't get whiplash from those temperature swings! Crazy crazy weather. We live in "interesting" times.........

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    1. Sue - Yes, I am so glad there is no climate change. Hmph. It is just a little much to have thirty degree changes within 24 hours. If it's winter, then by gum, let it be winter, I say!

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  4. You have had a variety of surprises. My thermostat died also but before it got so cold. We do have different kinds of heat so we are blessed.

    I would carve off the part that baked, eat that and recook the center...but that's me and that's chocolate.

    Stay warm and safe.

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    1. Gail - I'm thinking about doing that - it was a delicious loaf/pancake -chocolate gingerbread. I would be interested in hearing from the baker-extraordinaires out there. What went wrong?

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  5. We were single digits all weekend for the lows so I feel your pain!!!

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    1. You have definitely had some winter weather, girl!

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    1. Yes, indeed. We luv our fireplace.

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  7. Susan,

    Having no heat isn't fun at all. I'm happy to hear you have a fireplace and individual plug in units to make you and your furbies nice and comfy. It doesn't surprise me about the thermostat from China. Those thermostat's really don't work well at all......we experienced the same thing the 2nd year here in this place. You sure did get all kinds of winter weather. Do you have a snow blower to help you up there? Stay warm, don't work to hard, and be careful on that ice.
    Hugs,
    Sandy
    P.S. I love my acorns, they're hanging on my tree :-)

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