Where do I start?
If you live in the east or the deep south, then you know what COLD is. Me? I never experienced anything colder than 30 degrees till we moved here, and now we are getting lows in the single digits. The lowest so far was 4 degrees, and with a little wind chill added it was well below zero.
Now I know it is far worse for many and I wouldn’t bring it up, but our part of the country is known for its heat, humidity, and sultry atmosphere… practically Jurassic in summer and maybe a frost or two in winter.
To make it worse, the weatherman either lies or doesn’t know what he’s up against, you know I jest here, but on the serious side, he predicted an overnight low of about 17 degrees and when we woke up I had over two inches of ice on the goose’s water buckets! It had actually dropped to 6 deg. overnight. Perhaps that beautiful crystal clear night sky had a lot to do with it? Well, actually, I am certain of it.
Our plumbing in the south is not made for this weather. We are keeping the pipes from bursting here by letting the water drizzle out overnight. No pressure expansion from freezing water this way. However, up at the Mountain Farmlet we did not have that option. Can’t let it run 24/7 now can we?
We did cut the water to the house, left the spigot open, and this worked until our first 5 degree night. Last weekend we found that the main had burst at ground level, and under the house of course! The water will remain off for the duration of this weird cold, and the rent-a-potty will be back till further notice. Sadly, it is simply too cold to safely do much of any work up there at the moment, so we are going up to check doors and windows, fill the kitty feeder, make sure their water is still full and unfrozen in the heated water dish, and that the kitties are OK. In case you’re wondering, we have made friends with another neighbor who has agreed to look in on them in our coldest of weather, and to make sure the raccoons haven’t raided their food again!
So how does the lady of the Farmlet stay warm when out feeding and watering her charges?
Fleece long johns, two fleece robes, an old London Fog rain coat, fleece gloves, a thick velvet neck scarf, and the infamous Crazy Chicken Lady hood.
How I’m surviving the cold, or, how old ladies do selfies.
NOTE: If the cold *
water er, weather is forcing you to leave a sink running, and the sound of it drives you crazy, as it does me, then you might try this trick:
Take an old pair of panty hose, cut off one leg and tie it to the spigot. Voilà! No nagging dripping sounds to keep you up all night. ;) Hint: adjust the end to find the most quiet position at the drain.
Hey, whatever works, right?
*(Thank you, Sweetie! )
Oh, the knee? Still racked up, and I don’t go back the Dr. till next Tuesday. :| However, I have purchased a cane to assist me in getting around. It is much more comfortable than the staff, and affords me courtesies in public I never knew existed!