Thursday, December 28, 2017

Glitches in the Plan

Wednesday morning the water froze up again. I'd put too many power loads on an electrical sub panel. The breaker tripped, killing the heater for the plumbing. Still trying to thaw that out as of the writing of this post.

The woodstove is barely keeping up with the subzero temperatures. It's been a lot colder than average for this time of year. We still are not sure exactly what we'll do. While my wife and I can get by without running water for a while, it's hard to host people. Fortunately, my daughter in town can put up visitors from away.

Our house situation could cause us to leave earlier than planned. Then again, it might be too cold to run the diesel engine in the van. My lovely wife and I are figuring things out. One way or the other, we'll find a way to head south.

I decided to spring for a minimum load of heating oil for the furnace. That will make it possible to leave the house for more than six hours without it getting too cold. It will also be more comfortable in the basement when it's time to drain all the systems.

Right now it'll be nice to experience some warm weather: you know, anything above freezing.



  1. Sorry to read that you are having problems. Especially water problems. At least you can sit by the stove to stay warm but that's no fun after a while. Hopefully things work out and you can head for warmer climes.

    1. We will get it together. It just takes a bit more effort and some things don't really have to be done at all.

  2. Dang, and I thought that it was really cold here in Texas. It did get down to the upper 30's.

    1. If it's 30 degrees colder than what you are used to, it's going to feel cold, no matter where you live.