Ye gods, it’s cold!

by Russell on November 4, 2011

I blinked and missed it.
It? What or is that which it? Winter. It arrived overnight. -10C outside, -7.5C inside poor Lucy. That’s 14F – 18.5F for you US types.
End result, apart from a slow starting Russell? I hadn’t winterized my water systems, my now FROZEN water systems. It caught me by surprise because I’ve been in these tempertures before without problems. So now I have the gas furnace and water heater going, plus a small electric (puny) heater … all to thaw out the systems long enough for me to flush them and add the winter antifreeze. Jugs of boiling water are to be employed shortly to unfreeze drainage.
The next problem after that will be freeing up the dump valves. A hair dryer may be required for that. Sheesh. I thought I had weeks to do this.

Later. I managed to raise the inside temperature to 26C. Together with all the above stategies plus near boiling water poured down sinks and toilet, I managed, just, to unfreeze nearly all the systems. I say nearly, as the water line (no hot) to the toilet are still frozen as I write this, 3 in the afternoon. I have been and dumped all the grey and brown holding tanks and purged the water tank and lines. Then added some special antifreeze. Need a little more but hey, I’m better off than I was this morning. Also managed to find the local refuse centre and dropped off all the garbage generated by my clean/spruce session.

The sun doth shineth. Yet, small bits of the snow that fell yesterday are hanging in there. Only one answer, fire up the crockpot/slow cooker. The plan HAD been for steak and kidney. But you have no idea how hard it is to find the kidney here. Someone may be able to buy it in for me. So different from home.  🙂

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Bob & Ruth November 5, 2011 at 12:30 am

Along about the first of December, it’ll be time to put your socks on. It’s gettin’ a little cold about then. O’ course, in order to toughen up– I used to set in the snow neckid for hours at a time. Those were the real days.

We’ll see you when it warms up. May all your travails be small ones.
We love you Russell.
Bob and Ruth


Cynthia November 4, 2011 at 5:33 pm

No more blinking I guess. Jeez. That happened fast. Keep warm.


Robynn November 4, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Well, I’m catching up to you. Had snow all around on the hills yesterday, and it snowed this am. Only 21 here last night. Not as cold as you, but definitely chilly.
Good to hear you’re in the cabin. Stay warm.


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