Oh, it’s nice to get outside…

There’s been a whole long list of little chores piling up, and I’ve been ignoring it because none of the items on the list were all that important and the weather has continued to suck. Seriously: Despite appearances, the gulch is not located in North Dakota. There are usually at least a few pleasant afternoons in February in which one can work up a moderate sweat outdoors. Sometimes it’s shirtsleeve weather; sometimes it’s t-shirt weather. Not very often, not for very long, but it still happens.

But not this year. This year’s winter will be held up as proof of global warming, without the slightest shadow of a doubt. Because this winter has almost uniformly sucked.


Oh, the temperature has hit colder lows than it did this winter. In fact we only dipped below zero a couple of times, and never very far. But it has never been snowier in my experience here, and it went on and on

Suddenly as it turned March, though, the temperature moderated and the sun came out. The wind is blowing harder than a normie might consider quite right, but that’s perfectly normal for the next couple of months. The sun is shining and it’s time to break out the sweaters and put away the long underwear.

So yesterday I baked bread then cleaned the whole kitchen, hauled firewood to Landlady’s, refilled and hauled strategic water bottles, serviced the generator and the Jeep, took the long way around to visit the chickens twice. And that was before I got so sleepy from that antihistamine. Today has been cleaning day: I hauled the bedroom rug out for a sweep, unsealed the back door so I could sweep out the addition, then mopped the main cabin floor with the front door open (and Torso Boy segregated in the bedroom, which he did not appreciate.) Went out and sorted through a bunch of fasteners, then fixed two metallic targets that got their bolts and chains shot up.

Hopefully my being out in the wind today won’t have the effect it did yesterday, getting my sinuses running so bad I don’t dare go more than 10 feet from a tissue box, because that way lies antihistamines and sleeping all afternoon. It’s still in the high fifties – give it another ten degrees and I might go completely nuts and open a window or two.

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2 Responses to Oh, it’s nice to get outside…

  1. Cederq says:

    Mr Joel, being a new reader here I have not seen much of your cabin as this view and I must say I like it! I could live in something like that. I don’t need much and that is plenty as far as I am concerned. Is it difficult to heat and keep cool? Does it tax your off-grid power?

  2. Ben says:

    The first thing I noticed about that Lair picture was that Joel hadn’t bothered to make the treacherous climb to clean off his rooftop solar panels. And that is obviously because his newer (much larger and much lower) solar panel array must be serving his needs without the help of those high panels (which once were his ONLY panels).

    Just a few years ago discussion of power and battery charge issues were a far more frequent part of Joel’s blog. It’s great to see the Lair gradually morph into a comfortable and adequate home for Joel, but that very progress is forcing him to dream up new subjects for blogging fodder.

To the stake with the heretic!