The temperature is rising. After it dipped last night to -25C, today finds it slowly rising towards -2C. The wind is howling with unfettered joy.
As I sit with my back to the window, my screen reflects the evergreen tree in the front yard. The branches are in constant agitation. The tree, and the wind, care not what humans make of their it all, or of themselves.
There was a snow storm we experienced overnight Thursday and early Friday morning. Friday afternoon a loud motor close to the house caught my attention. Looking out the window, a warmly dressed individual was busy with a snowblower clearing our driveway. Unable to make out just who this kind and generous person might be, their progress was followed off and on for the next few hours. They cleared four driveways while being watched. Finally I spied the individual clearing off vehicles in his driveway, it was one of our neighbours from down the street. We really like living on this street!
The old crock-pot has been doing a decent job at keeping the relative humidity in the house at, or slightly above, 20%.
Sometimes I watch YouTube videos, mostly about things I am interested in, like canning, or renovations. Most of the time I am not learning anything new, and just enjoy spending some virtual time with someone with a common interest. But, every so often I find a tip that makes life easier here at Mist Cottage. Here are a few that were special.
2021 – Natural peanut butter is a misery to mix, the oil separates from the solids. One video entertainer mentioned that she mixes the natural peanut butter, then refrigerates it, to keep it from separating. I tried it and it works!
2022 – Dishcloths can get stinky and don’t really come clean with regular washing. I have been boiling them for ten minutes, from time to time, which resolved the issue. A video entertainer was demonstrating a recipe, and threw her dishcloth into the dishwasher to be cleaned with the dishes. Brilliant. Now we put dishcloths in the dishwasher, instead of into the laundry basket, it is easier, more consistent, and does a better job than boiling them. I may try this with smaller pieces of laundry soiled with stubborn dirt.
Updated on Sun, Feb 6, 8:55 PM
FEELS LIKE -10
Wind 17 SE km/h
Humidity 70 %
Visibility 20 km
Sunrise 7:18 AM
Wind gust 25 km/h
Pressure 102.5 kPa
Ceiling 9100 m
Sunset 5:25 PM
“Don’t you wish there was a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence? There’s one marked ‘Brightness,’ but it doesn’t work.”
Gallagher [Shameless character I believe.]
No dishwasher here in our house so it looks like I’ll have to continue giving my cotton knitted dish clothes a boil now and again.
And as for that temperature range….well I don’t want to know about it. . +25c is very pleasant…….-2c is not………-25c is unthinkable
Cathy, boiling dishcloths is a bit more labour intensive than a dishwasher, and I am very glad there is an effective method that does not rely on electronic appliances! If we lose the dishwasher at some point, I’ll happily go back to occasionally boiling.
LOL, yes -25C is unthinkable, and it has often been that cold, or colder here through January and this first week of February. And oh my, 25C sounds wonderful!! 🙂
-25C is sooo cold. I’m glad you are both nice and warm inside. What a wonderful neighbor you have! Is there a particular way you put the towels in the dishwasher ? E.g. do you lay them flat across the rack? I might try it. Stay warm!
Sandy, we are so glad our windows, attic, and basement insulation were upgraded! I wear warm clothing in the house, fleece pants, two to three layers of tops, socks and shoes, and am quite comfortable. It is almost -2C right now, and it seems tropical! 🙂
The washcloth is draped over the highter dividers on the top rack, this seems to work very well as some of the cloth is vertical, taking up less space.
I bundle up inside and lower the electric heat a bit, Milo the cat and I are both comfortable. I’m going to try thr dishwasher method for my dishtowels this weekend. Thanks!