Western NYS, USA is three degrees below
zero (Farenheit) today.
Wonder what all I can do about the cold?
Obvious answer is to stay home and turn
the heat up. I've got a towel acting as
a door snake, help keep the cold from
coming in under the door.
Only trace of snow, no snow moval today.
I guess I'll hope the utilities stay on.
Our house can get rather cold in the winter even with various sources of
heat that we have, so this year I tried one of those radiator oil
heaters on wheels, and it worked great! We liked it so much I bought
another one for the back part of the house.
He already knows why - it's a mobile home with 2" thick walls and no
insulation . Has aluminum windows that are single glazed and have no thermal
break and also let air infiltrate . Also has a poorly fitting doors if he
has to use a towel as a door snake .
Right now we know the house needs more and better insulation, but have
to make due with what we can actually afford. We'd have to do some
major insulating and wall repairing to add more insulation, and can't
afford it right now.
I'm back from the store. Buy some no cook foods.
Turn up the thermostat when I got home, and now
it's warm. Thanks for the good wishes.
Last time it was this cold, I had frost on the
wall in my bedroom. Since that time, I've stapled
on a couple layers of corrugated cardboard. And
it's a bit warmer in there. Crude, but works.
Once upon a time we lived in a rental house that had no insulation at
all. It got so cold that the toilet bowl froze. We'd have to heat water
on the stove and pout it into the bowl to get it to flush before we
could use it.
The only heat we had was a kerosene heater that we had to move from room
to room. When we'd go to bed at night we had to tuck the baby into a
dresser drawer with blankets to keep her warm enough even though the k.
heater was in the bedroom with us.
That is some kind of serious cold. Did the little
baby grow up to be an eskimo? I figure to be on the
computer for another hour or so. And then go to bed
and pile on the blankets. This low temp routine does
not appeal to me, at all.
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