Friday, 4 April 2014

Home, sweet home.

Or should I rather say: "cold home"?
Friday April, 4   predicted temperature for the afternoon: max +5° C (41F )
For Saturday and Sunday: more snow, sleet and rain.

Not that I am complaining. I AM thankful that we made it safe and sound all the way home.

But this "weird" winter doesn't seem to end. I talked to a neighbour who claimed that she (in her seventies) never in her entire lifetime has experienced such a winter on the island. During a power outage people even had to gather in the church hall. She cannot remember that this had happened here before, ever.
Let's hope that this is one freak winter and not become a rule.

My garden is still deep asleep under it's white blanket. 
Last year I was already preparing the frames for the planting season.

The fridge is full, the furnace works, 
the phone works, the internet is running. 
That's good.
The house is warm and dry. That's a good thing too. Or?
Dry - that is the key word here. 
We drained all the pipes before we left, but 
there must be something frozen somewhere. No water is flowing.
J.P. uncovered the well head outside and checked with a long stick if there was ice in the well - no, it wasn't. The well is not frozen.

My guess - it is the connection in the ground, between the well and the house. We don't know how deep that is dug down but, we are sure that they didn't insulate it. So, if the freeze came deep enough this year the line between the house and the well is the culprit.
How long do we have to wait until that thaws? Until May??
I hope we will NOT see that Bob's comment is coming true: he experienced pipes broken and gushing water when the big thaw sat in.

Luckily we have another well inside the basement. 
For now we are doing things the "old way" with a water bucket.

Sometimes I think it is good that I grew up with "living rather primitive". I can live with an outhouse and cold water only. 
We did when in my childhood. 
There was cold water only, and it had to be heated on the stove. 
Have you realized how much water we use every day?

The years of our "boondocking" experiences help. 
And these kind of experiences makes full-timing even more attractive. If you don't like it, just take off with your rig and go somewhere else!
If your rig runs, that is!
Remember over the years: flat tires, bust transmission etc...

For now let's just wait and see. We'll take the bridges when we get to them, or so they say...:))

I will end on a positive note.
Despite the cold weather - isn't it beautiful?

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

So Cold, and it is NOT an April's Fool!

Icy, glazed roads greets us this morning. Freezing 27 F (-3C) and high winds. Makes it feel like 14 F (-10C ). UGH.
This is NOT an April's Fool joke.
The last stretch home will be tricky, and I am not looking forward to getting into an ice cold home. 
We left the generator in the trailer, so, I hope we have no power outage due to the ice storm last night.
See you - 
as soon as we get our internet up and running!

PS: Good that I had a pair of extra warm leg warmers in the luggage!

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Today's photos - I-80

We got through Ohio and Indiana in bright sunshine.
 Even Molly could enjoy a break, looking for mice.
 So far we have dodged the snow, but in Pennsylvania 
we finally run out of luck.
 Even Molly had some problems when going for her break.
But, we made it safely to a Motel along the I-80 before the
showers of snow and sleet took over.

Here is the "search photo" of the day.

Gazing at the passing landscape  -
I saw.... ?
 Didn't see it?
Here - look within the red rings..
 Yep, deer, very good camouflaged. :)) 
lens: 55mm, autofocus, rapid frames, cropped.