Monday, December 15, 2008

Journal: Monday, 12/15/08

►  Definitely time to rekindle a fire in the wood stove.  (Overcast, blustery north wind and 32ºF/0ºC @ 1:00 AM)

►  Made a trip over to Jo's pottery studio to apply our freeze protection regimen:  Letting the water faucet on the sink drip and putting a heat lamp on the toilet in the bathroom.  The house's front steps were wet when our temperature dropped below freezing.  The freezing mist they've accumulated since then hasn't improved their condition.  They are slick!  I had to crawl down and them back up to keep from slipping.  (28ºF/-2ºC @ 2:00 AM)

►  The turbine vents are really starting to squeal as the freeze up.  It's a good thing Jo is not a light sleeper.  (25ºF/-3ºC @ 4:00 AM)

►  Overcast, blustery north wind, sleet falling off and on with little accumulation thus far.  (20ºF/-6ºC @ 10:00 AM)

►  ISP finally back up at 11:00 AM after around 30 hours offline. Perhaps I should find an ISP for whom providing Internet service is a full-time job and not just a part-time hobby?

►  Overcast, blustery north wind @ 21ºF/-6ºC @ noon. Intermittent sleet falling. Hey, sleet is better than freezing rain since sleet doesn't tend to stick to trees and power lines. I have no idea what the wind chill is, but it's COLD.

►  We started out intending to brave the sleet showers and take the dogs for a brief walk up the road, but the road proved to be too slick for walking. We walked to the upper pasture instead. (21ºF/-6ºC @ 4:30 PM)

►  Hooked up our free (almost) converter to see if we could pick up a digital signal on the rabbit ears TV antenna we've been using for the past 20 years. FAIL! It looks as if there's and outdoor antenna or else no television in our future. (21ºF/-6ºC and sleet @ 7:30 PM)

►  Sleet showers continue off and on. We're beginning to get and accumulation of the crunchy stuff. On bare ground it's melting and refreezing enough to become awfully slick. (21ºF/-6ºC @ midnight)

►  Weather Summary:  High = 36ºF/2ºC.  Low = 20ºF/-6ºC.  Temperature @ midnight = 21ºF/-6ºC.  AM = High temperature occurred at midnight as temperature was still falling ... blustery north wind.  PM = Sleet showers continued off and on all day ... temperature remained in the low twenties ... wind finally laid after sunset.

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