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Monday, February 16, 2015

Cold Front



My friends and family up north are in the middle of another dose of snow and cold. No wonder the campgrounds down here in Florida are full. My lovely wife and I are lucky we can visit my folks in Central Florida. It gives us a chance to regroup and plan our next adventures.

I'd like to think that I could survive another northern winter -if I had to. Maybe I could, but I don't think I'd enjoy it as much as I used to. When most of one's energy goes into shoveling and loading wood into the stove, there's not a lot left for play.

Cabin fever is no joke.

We met a nice couple from Massachusetts. One day they decided they had enough. After setting their thermostat to 62 then drove straight down to Florida. Only after they got here did it occur to them that their fuel oil company would be unable to refill their oil tank. Quite a few frantic calls later they were able to locate a plow company willing to open a path for the oil delivery.

When we left to head south I drained the plumbing and totally shut down the house. No doubt the temperature in the house is down into the subzero range by now. Getting the house warm enough to even think about opening the water would take days. That should not be a problem . . . as long as we don't go back home until at least the end of April.

Just wait until all that snow starts to melt. Springs floods are common, but this spring has the potential to be epic. Imagine if it's a rainy spring while the snow's melting.

Maybe it's a good thing I'm towing a boat behind the van. I might need it to get home.

-Sixbears

12 comments:

  1. We'll hope it's a dry spring in the early part and the snow melts slowly.

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  2. I know you are enjoying warmer weather. It's pretty cold (for us) here in GA.

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    1. The bad weather has reached pretty far south.

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  3. The pretty lady and i are heading to Arizona to visit my folks next week. My plan is to basically leave the oil thermostat at 50 while we're gone for 5 days. Should be all set. It'll give my pellet stove a good rest too! Looking forward to sandals...

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    1. I wore socks for the first time in a over a month last Sunday. Enjoy some nice weather. Say hi to your folks for m.

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  4. Maybe a house sitter? Someone who understands the way a house like yours functions.

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    1. I've had some great house sitters in the past. Just didn't work out this year. I write up a detailed instruction manual before I leave.

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  5. come home in JULY!

    or just have your wife migrate home and stay south


    or move to Switzerland (GEORGIA)

    Wildflower

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    1. I don't want to miss the ever so short yet beautiful summer. It came on a Tuesday last year.

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  6. Everything here is covered in sheet ice. The temperature prognosis for lows the next three nights is single digits. I expect the grid to fail momentarily and have to go on the generator. Florida sounds pretty good provided you can find some place away from people.

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    1. That's what boats are for. Even our tiny boat has allowed us some remote alone time.

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