Bundle Up!

Another bitterly cold night has passed into history.

The universe compensated for the weather, in my little world, by sending me a good night’s sleep. I haven’t been getting a lot of sleep of late, due to not feeling well, so my long deep slumber last night was most welcome.

My attire continues to keep me cozy on these frigid days and nights. These days my profile is short and very round, as all the layers and fluffy fleece retain my body heat. I quite remind myself of the birds who perch near the house on these wintry days, feathers fluffed and puffed to twice their normal dimensions.

Thinking of the cold, a vision of mini-skirts ran through my memory. Goodness, we braved these climes with legs bare, but for a thin layer of nylon stockings, the foolishness of youth, and fashion. Every generation of youth has a different variation of such foolishness, which varies as do the snowflakes.

We have begun to explore our options for replacing our heating system. The concern is that the options might narrow considerably with the economic changes in the world, so we are looking at a very wide array of possibilities. Heating is not optional in Canada. What we do know is that the air source heat pump has been extremely functional and economical to run, so we will retain that part of our heating system. It has limitations, and will not heat our house when the outdoor temperature falls below -7C, the present weather exemplifies this. We need a secondary heat source for the coldest parts of the winter, which is the oil furnace at present. The oil furnace is what we are replacing. Whatever we decide on, I want a thermostat!



Updated on Mon, Jan 24, 7:55 AM
-30 °C
Partly cloudy
Wind 5 NE km/h
Humidity 59 %
Visibility 24 km
Sunrise 7:34 AM
Wind gust 8 km/h
Pressure 101.3 kPa
Ceiling 9100 m
Sunset 5:06 PM

Updated on Wed, Jan 26, 6:15 AM
-30 °C
Wind 8 N km/h
Humidity 70 %
Visibility 20 km
Sunrise 7:32 AM
Wind gust 11 km/h
Pressure 102.9 kPa
Ceiling 9100 m
Sunset 5:09 PM


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1613 – 1680

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Stay warm! The oil heat might be more effective than electric heat where you’re at. I remember the one aunt who’s house in northern Illinois had electric heat was always chilly. The best heat was those old fashioned steam heaters. My other aunt’s house was always cozy.


Looking at next week’s forecast, it looks like our temps m8ght move up to more normal temps, like just below freezing for the highs. That would sure be nice! I too am surrounding myself with fleece to keep warm, as the windows at the cottage don’t seem to be insulated. Lots of cold radiating off them, even if the thermostat is set at about 23C. Brrr!

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We have an oil furnace that was our only option at the time it was installed. The fuel tank is outside against an end wall of the house. -Kate