I forgot to post yesterday. No real reason. Maybe my brain was too wrapped up in this weather crap. :shrug:
Speaking of which it's negative 9 outside right now. Nine below zero... 41 below freezing. :shudder: And it's just under 64F in the office. The furnace - which isn't really a furnace, it's a heat pump - is having trouble getting the house up to it's usual 68F. Plus it's always colder in the office. But the thing is running and as long as it's running, life is good. The two space heaters in the garage are keeping the areas where there are pipes at 40F. Anything above freezing is bonus. I do not want to see the electric bill for next month.
Having a bathroom in the garage is kind of a pain in the ass. I mean, it's good for washing yucky things in the sink out there rather than in the nice bathrooms, but I don't think either of us have used the toilet in there in 8 years. If there were no bathroom out there, we wouldn't give a rat's furry, white hiney how cold it was out there.
We got about four and a half inches of snow from the first round of snow dumpage. It's supposed to start snowing again tonight. Maybe an inch or two more from that. Blerg.
From a FB page I follow about local weather, I got a link to a site that tracks power outages. We haven't lost power at all. I saw someone on FB talking about potential rolling blackouts in the area due to shortages of natural gas (due to the NG wells freezing), and a neighbor stopped yesterday to tell Hubs he heard our power company might be considering doing that, too. Fingers crossed they don't actually have to do it. I mean, it would only be for 30-60 minutes at a time, but blerg.
One upside to all this is that I've been making yummy things to eat. For instance, yesterday I made frittatas for breakfast and then stew for dinner and also coffee cake. Sunday, I made a vat of spaghetti with a side of garlic bread. Saturday I made chili and cornbread. I now have a freezer full of leftovers and Hubs will have to roll me out of here when this is over.
In other news, the weather is making people cranky. I watched people basically yelling at each other in several threads on the area road conditions. Dudes, chill. Yeah, people are asking the same questions over and over without reading the other threads where the questions might be answered. Yeah, it's pretty logical to think if road X and road Z are crappy, so is road Y. But for the most part these days, logic has flown the coop. More so when people are concerned about their safety and their needs. They're hoping against hope that THEIR ROAD will be okay because they need to get to work or to go buy milk and bread and baby formula. While their asking might be annoying, it's not really hurting anyone. Sheesh.
On a lighter note, I saw someone made a meme that shows a snowy road. In answer to the question 'how are the roads?', it has a dialogue bubble popping up from the road itself saying "I'm fine. Thanks for asking:. Humor is the key, man. I saw another one that showed a snowy, steep road and said something like 'Texas Driving Tip: Stay Home. Y'all aren't conditioned for this.' It made me LOL because my brother in OK messaged me yesterday with something along those lines. We're Michiganders, folks. The pictures I'm seeing of the 'bad roads' are pretty tame compared to what I used to drive through on a regular basis. It's all relative. I saw another meme that said something about 'don't laugh at southerners for not being able to cope with the cold and snow, we don't laugh at you northerners when it gets hot up there'. Umm, yeah, you do. And you should. Share the laughs. Sometimes laughing is all you've got to keep from crying.
Know what I mean?
What are you finding to laugh about today?
One last thing that I hope makes you smile. Through all this snow and frigid temps, we have sparrows singing their little hearts out. They're all round like feathery tennis balls right now, but they're finding something to sing about. Maybe they're just happy we're leaving them loads of sunflower seeds so they have stuff to eat without having to scratch through the snow. And we're happy to do it for them.