Cold Weather Craziness


Thermometer (Photo credit: Ben+Sam)

The last two days have been crazy. Yesterday, it never got warmer than 10˚F. The pipes froze and I wasn’t able to get much done in the form of housework until Mike came home. He wasn’t home until late because he helped a couple with their furnace, which decided not to work properly on that day. Yes, the furnace pick that day, out of all the days (which include many days that were 40˚F) to quit working.

Then my brother’s car broke down, so my husband had to go and help him with that. Because of the temperature, they ended up fixing a wheel bearing in the kitchen. They finished by lunch, fortunately, but I didn’t fix chicken Dijon like I wanted. We did have a couple of cases of chicken and rice soup in the pantry for this very occasion.

Somewhere between fixing the tire and running around trying to do repairs and solve our frozen pipe problem, he managed to get the sink working again. As it turns out (and this has happened once before), it wasn’t an ice issue, but a copper issue (more on that in a later post).

The soup was a good idea for more than just a convenience; it also served as a humidifier for the kitchen. I added dehydrated sliced potatoes we got from “Emergency Essentials” (their potatoes and milk are the best) and chopped up some leftover chicken (as we all know, they never put enough chicken in prepackaged soups). It actually turned out to be a decent lunch.

The washer thawed this morning, so I have been trying hard to catch up. I don’t understand it.  I don’t do laundry every day, but something strange happens every time I skip a day due to “technical difficulties”. The laundry multiplies threefold. The kids seem to make more messes than usual.

Tomorrow, I’ll be heading out to Rutland to go to curves. Because of Yesterday’s fiasco, I wasn’t able to go. Seriously, I need to start to figure something out that will allow me to get my exercise indoors and more often. It won’t be long before I won’t be able to go out like I have been. Gas prices are high and I can’t buy anymore Zumba classes. What I have on my card is what’s left (I pre-purchase for the month).

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