The past day or so we have had record setting cold for our area. The temperature has gotten down to -14F (-25.6 C) and there has been a stiff 25-30 mph wind. That feels REALLY cold to me. We have really enjoyed our free heat that we enjoy by virtue of possessing a gas well on our property. Everything was cancelled for today. No schools open, governmental or courts are working. People are staying home and hibernating in their warm homes.
|Ice on the inside of the double paned window.|
|Elizabeth wore her robe to stay warm while eating breakfast|
Last night, I stayed up late reading a mystery and watching the end of the National Championship football game. (Florida State beat Auburn in the last minute. SEC lost) As I got towards the end of the book (It was closing in on 2 AM) I realized that I was getting cold. I put my feet over by the fireplace to warm them up, when all of a sudden, "Poof" the fireplace went out. I looked over at the inside thermometer and it read 60 F.
|'View' out the back door. Ice covered!|
|T-Bob dressed up warm to eat his breakfast.|
By 7AM the house temp was down into the 40's. Brrrr! My DH drove up to the old house to bring back our electrical heaters. About the time he got back, the neighbors and the gas company stopped by. They told us that because of the very low temperatures, the water vapor in the well froze and blocked the flow of gas. We needed to turn a valve out on the tanks and switch over to the gas company. The newer tanks do it automatically, but ours are elderly tanks and have to be done by hand.
|The kids built a blanket tent over electric heater to warm up|
|Gas tanks are located behind pines in the middle of the picture.|
It is beautiful outside in the sunshine. The chickens have been doing well in their coop. We didn't see any evidence of frostbite. There were coyote prints around the run-in. Good thing they are in a secure coop. Some local farmers lost hens to the coyotes.
We are thinking that we will be able to go skating on the pond now. With this cold, it should be frozen plenty thick! We are still loving the farm life!