Friday, January 16, 2009

Cold Snap

What a cold few weeks we've had - very chilly to danged down-right cold.  I'm not super happy with the cold weather - it is hard on people and animals let alone facilities and equipment.  Our power out plan got put into action the other day when the hydro lines went down and our area was without power for over an hour. That doesn't seem long until you consider that we had -34C weather and we heat with a pellet stove.  Our 'response plan' went into action smoothly and we were able to get the trucks started, the generator going and the stove continued to run heating the house.  Our son didn't really notice anything was wrong except the house was' really quiet' and his ceiling fan wasn't working (Mama did the hydro man break my fan?).  We have three generators and my super prepared husband wants another that will be bigger but easy to start for when he is at school.

The cold snap has had some benefits - for those who like home improvement projects, like my Earl.  He has done shelves, rearranging, and T&G pine on the walls.  He has more ideas and wants to do them all!   He does a great job and his creations always turn out so well.

I did some scrapbooking pages between workin, and did a presentation to a class of 2nd year students at the University.  We had a great time, even it was was still brutally cold out. 

Speaking of cold, I've heard a rumor that we are supposed to be getting warmer to warm weather this weekend - and of course my excitement led me to promise that if we had single digits or plus digits I'd be out on the deck in shorts bbq'ing.  Picking up a Traeger pellet bbq to try out tomorrow morning and yeah if it is nice enough I'll do the cooking in my shorts!  Steak, burgers and maybe some farmer sausages or hot dogs - c'mon over!  Not exactly a tail-gate party but close enough for us country folks.  Look for photos soon...sorry about not writing sooner but I got caught up in work, preschooler and school stuff along with chores and things.

Stay warm, and be well!

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