Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Cold. What Cold?
The wind was whipping and my outside readout here at the CWCC read 7 degrees outside and 41 in the basement when I decided to catch a bit of shut eye. I woke up every two hours to check that the blower was still going and to look at the temp in the basement and it never fell below 38. I also kinda had some time to think a bit as I tried to fall back to sleep and I may have figured out a solution for running some heat into the basement without redoing the duct work. More on that later though.
By 9AM the temp had risen outside into the lower 20's the sun was shining, the sheep were actually coming out of their respective stalls and interested in food again and the entire herd of cats and dogs ran out the door at once. The cats especially hadn't seen the outside world in days and the two females wanted away from the annoying neutered males so bad they could taste it.
I am certainly relieved that every time I get up my chair isn't immediately occupied by some damned cat that looks at me with an attitude of "Move your meat, lose your seat" when I come back. Like they are going to win that argument.
We used a good chunk of wood though. I would say my racks by the furnace are about half depleted so I will be splitting another load tomorrow if I don't get called into work. Things are starting early this year and I am ahead of last years consumption already as I started burning full time almost two weeks earlier. My split reserves are still down but my need to be split reserves are already about double so I should be in good shape as long as I can continue to get out and cut. It takes a long time to build up that much of a reserve when you are using it as you go.
Suppose to be warming up now through the weekend and getting back to normal temps so I can get the rest of the shop cleaned and straightened back up and get back to work.
I wonder if these harsher Winters are here to stay for a while now?
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!