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Friday, April 20, 2018

Sitting by the Woodstove



I'm sitting by the woodstove, looking out at a frozen lake. Funny how that's what I was doing in early January before our trip. Of course, back then it was -27 degrees. While it's still not exactly spring weather, it's 60 degrees warmer. Progress, of a sort.

Normally by this time the ice has either left the lake or is well in the process of doing so. Currently there is only a little bit of open water near the inlet. This might be one of those years where we don't have an actual spring, just a quick transition from winter to summer.

A lot has happened in the three and half months on the road. We covered a lot of miles, saw a lot of things and met a lot of people. One of the neat things is meeting strangers in a coffee shop and having a very animated conversation for over an hour. That sort of thing happened to us all the time. Of course, you have to be open to it.

Opening up the house after being shut down for the winter can be hit or miss. My big concern this year was if I'd be able to use the water line. It froze four days before we left. The line was still frozen when we got back. Fortunately, it was only frozen for about six inches from the basement side. I snaked a smaller diameter hose down the supply line and ran hot water through it. The hot water slowly thawed out the blockage. Every time it would melt an inch or so I'd snake the line a little further.

The first day I was able to restore cold water to the downstairs sinks and toilet. There was a frost damaged valve on the hot water side that's for the washing machine. Currently it's plugged off and we'll just have to wash in cold water. My lovely wife has been asking me to move the washing machine to another room. That's on the schedule for early next month, so we can just do without hot water clothes washing until then.

Outside of that, the water is up and running, electric power, heat, the Internet and phones are back in operation. It cost me about $17 to get the water system squared away. Well worth shutting down the house and not paying for heat for those months.

My lovely wife and I are not sure exactly what we'll do next fall and winter, but we have a lot of ideas. We'll figure it out. Part of the process is checking out conditions before we head out. For example, this past year hurricane damage in Florida changed our plans from sailing and camping to just camping. While I missed sailing, I'm glad we didn't put the boat at risk.

Well, time to get back to cleaning and unpacking.

-Sixbears

8 comments:

  1. Interesting to read about frozen water in the pipes. I can't imagine having to deal with that! We never have that problem, but high temps. are our problem and low rainfall here in Adelaide means our garden suffers if we go away in Spring, Autumn and Summer. Hope you get your plans for your next trip worked out and look forward to hearing more from you.

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    1. It's just part of life in the snow country. Like you pointed out, every area has its issues you have to deal with. Glad you are enjoying my little adventures.

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  2. I'm sure you are glad the whole water pipe system didn't freeze. Hope all goes well with whatever you have planned.

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    1. I take precautions, but sometimes just enough water gets trapped to cause problems. It's funny that it happened in a line that was never a problem before. Guess where the next drain goes in?

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  3. Always good to get home, wherever that may be.

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    1. I bet it won't be long before our gypsy blood gets us moving again.

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  4. Traveling is great but getting home safe and sound is very special.

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