Wednesday, January 22, 2014

We Like Winter But This Is Ridiculous

No, sirree, it's not a fit night for man nor beast out there.

Currently our temperature reads -3° which isn't so awful bad in itself.  But there is a fierce wind a'blowin'.  Gusts up to 46 mph.  A low of -24° forecast by morning.  A wind chill of -50°.


(This is a picture I have up on our refrigerator.)

The big chunks of wood put into the stoves seem to get sucked right up the chimney.

I just heard something go thump outside somewhere.  Wonder what blew over?  Or off?  Oi.

We may have to put an extra quilt on the bed tonight.

17 comments:

Ruth Dixon said...

I truly am sorry for you, but I'll admit I wish we had a bit. The southern Oregon coast is drier than it has been in years, with spring like weather, and it is scaring the bejeebers out of me!

Sandy said...

Mama Pea,

Stay safe and warm. The winds are terrible.
Last time we had those bad winds it blew off the turbine on the house, several shingles, and items on the back patio. Were expecting more bad winds tonight ourselves.

tpals said...

Right there with you on the weather tonight. Just can't seem to keep warm.

Carolyn said...

You. Are. Insane.
Or an Eskimo.
Or both.

Kristina said...

Tis cold here too. Stay warm.

Candy C. said...

Dang, I don't know how you guys cope with all that cold! Keep warm and maybe TWO extra quilts on the bed!

odiie said...

So here's a silly question-why does wood burn faster when it's colder outside? We go through a lot more wood. It burns up quicker in this weather.

Ilene Jones said...

Cold here too, wind blowing, in northern Oklahoma. As you said, "Oy."

Mama Pea said...

Ruth - Don't worry about us . . . we signed on for this when we chose to live here. I know there are parts of the country (like yours) that are suffering drought conditions this winter. We've been in the same situation in years past. Going into spring so dry is NOT a good thing. Hope you get some moisture soon!

Mama Pea said...

Sandy - I think the high winds bother me because of experiencing a couple of too-close-to-home tornadoes growing up in Illinois. Very upsetting. We had a little damage last night but nothing too serious. Hope you came through okay, too.

Mama Pea said...

tpals - Fortunately, we have a very snug, secure, easy to heat house so we haven't been uncomfortable even with our frigid weather. We're using the cold weather as an excuse to eat consume more calories! We need them . . . right?

Mama Pea said...

Carolyn - I have the urge to answer you in native Eskimo language . . . but I'm not educated enough to do that!

Mama Pea said...

Kristina - We're doing fine. Hope you are, too, albeit without hot water. :o(

Mama Pea said...

Candy C. - And maybe three dogs, too. (Darn, we don't have three dogs.) ;o}

Mama Pea said...

odiie - If I understand this correctly, when it's extremely cold outside, there is a high pressure area along with such a difference between the temperature inside the house in the stove and the outside air, it's almost like a vacuum is created which sucks the hot air up the chimney and out. That's why our fires don't burn well when there is only a small difference in temperature between inside and outside. Like in the spring or fall. Or when we have a low pressure area over us.

All I'm certain of is, like you, we're going through A LOT of wood this winter!

Mama Pea said...

Ilene Jones - That darn wind sure doesn't help the situation, does it? Stay warm!

Little Homestead In Boise said...

Brrrr...