It was an ice cold dawn this morning! The thermometer outside the kitchen window read -20C, and it always reads a little bit warm because it is so close to a protected heated wall. Brrr.
I can tell before I get out of bed in the morning if the temperature is below -15C. My bones ache when it gets that cold. The first night of a cold snap my body takes note, and gives the alert… more blankets! When I made the bed this morning I added a wool blanket. Wool is wonderfully warm. The weather people tell us there will be at least two more frigidly cold nights to come, so now I am ready.
When the winter temperature drops below -7C the oil furnace heats the house. This is always a challenge, because the humidity drops to 20% or lower after just a few hours. Several times a day towels are soaked and hung around the house to dry. In addition, bowls of water are strategically placed beside the heating vents, and need to be refilled daily. It seems the next few days of the cold snap will be busy ones. And oh yes, the plants will need a little extra water during the cold snaps, all this warm moving air leaves them thirsty.
The sun! Another sunny day has arrived. This is such a welcome light. The curtains are all open to let it in, despite the cold.
The sun certainly seems to be the important element in bringing the bugs into the house. Today, basking in the sunshine, sitting on the easy chair, a small shadow flickered across me, barely noticed. Upon inspection, a Stink Bug was found crawling on the inside of the living room window. That can be taken as a sign that spring is coming, even though it is colder today than it has been all winter.
Stay safe dear friends!
Attila’s Mom received her first Covid-19 vaccine shot yesterday, and has an appointment booked for he second shot. Wonderful! She lives in the USA.
-18°C (-20C or a little lower at our house)
Date: 5:00 AM EST Friday 29 January 2021
Condition: Not observed
Pressure: 102.9 kPa
Dew point: -22.0°C
Wind: W 14 km/h
Wind Chill: -26
“A man builds a fine house; and now he has a master, and a task for life; he is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair, the rest of his days.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
1803 – 1882
I love our small house!