Wow! It turned cold overnight…

It’s a well-worn old joke that Landlady always brings bad weather with her when she comes – or at least it’s supposed to be a joke. She sent me an unexpected text yesterday saying her schedule had changed and she was coming up in the evening, and while I haven’t actually seen her yet it seems that she did. Twenty degrees outside, and if I’d bothered to check the forecast I’d have turned the bedroom heater on because that’s almost twenty degrees colder than expected. Fortunately the pilot was lit so it was a simple matter of flipping a switch. And the woodstove is crackling cheerfully away in the main room, so it won’t be long before the coat comes off.

I shivered through so many winters in inadequate housing after moving to the Gulch that I really don’t think I’ll live long enough to get blasé about having a house that will actually warm up inside. 🙂

ETA: Look at that!

I lit the fire a little after six. 17 degrees in less than an hour, measured against an outside wall so it’s really a little warmer than that in the main room. Used to be ten degrees of heat increase in an hour required real attention to stoking the fire. I like this brave new world – except for the part where the world turns so cold so suddenly, that part can go.

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5 Responses to Wow! It turned cold overnight…

  1. Edward says:

    A salute in your direction from Chandler AZ. Visiting grandkids & daughter. Pretty cool for Phoenix but not as cold as you are reporting. Cheers! Did you get the jeep axle bracket re-welded yet? Git er done.

  2. Zelda says:

    For all of us who remember when you were shivering and wondering whether you would freeze to death in the night, your accomplishments and your current lifestyle are really something amazing to celebrate. Congratulations on all of your lifestyle improvements.
    Including getting the Jeep fixed…

  3. Mark Matis says:

    I wonder how much of your heat ends up in the loft? Is the roof over that area insulated? If so, maybe a ceiling fan would make things more comfy at user level. Set to force the air up, of course, so the warm air flows down along the walls and avoids a draft.

  4. Joel says:

    The answer is that quite a bit of heat ends up in the loft. I do have a ceiling fan which is set to blow upward, though I seldom remember to turn it on in the morning.

  5. Mark Matis says:

    Maybe tape a note to TB’s forehead before you go to bed at night when coolness is forecast?

To the stake with the heretic!