Saturday, December 20, 2008

Weather Report

It is cold. Almost minus 40. The Bag Lady's office has ice on the windows. On the inside!

She is hoping to get some holiday baking done today - that should help warm up the house.

She also needs to bundle up and go outside to get more fire wood for her stove. She has a wood-burning stove in her living room that helps heat the whole house. But when it's this cold outside, the furnace has to run, too.

At least the sky is clear. The high pressure system that is bringing the cold weather down from the north is keeping the clouds away. So it is sunny. Not much consolation.

What's the weather like where you are?

21 comments:

Leah J. Utas said...

Clear and cold here, too, cousin. Minus 40 just after 6 a.m. I've officially declared it stew day.
Our back door gets a buildup of ice on it in this weather. We discovered it on a recent morning when, after I'd been outside for coffee, Mike tried to leave for work and the door had frozen shut. Good, good times.
Have a cozy day by the fire. Happy Baking.

the Bag Lady said...

Thanks, dfLeah. We get that ice build-up on several windows and doors. ~~sigh~~ Someday we'll be able to afford to change all the windows and doors and make the house a little more airtight. I hope.

Reb said...

You don't want it too air tight though. I don't know hat it was this morning, but it is -28 now...too f-ing cold, that's for sure!

the Bag Lady said...

Reb - it would be nice if it was a little more airtight than it is now. I can feel a draft coming from the window....

Emily said...

Holy cow! I can't believe it's that cold there. We are having some crazy weather down here- it's currently 70F but the rain coming in is supposed to bring much cooler weather. The low tomorrow is supposed to dip to low 20s. This is very unusually for Georgia...I just washed my car in shorts!

I hope you get some relief soon, or maybe atleast someone will offer to bring in your firewood for you : )

Terrie Farley Moran said...

df Bag Lady,

Here in NYC it is 4 pm and 23 degrees. We had 4-6 inches of snow yesterday, icy rain last night and are expecting another 4-6 inches of snow tomorrow, but the temp will move up to the 30s.

How do you make sure your trucks and cars will start in that cold weather?

Terrie

darksnark said...

How do the cows not freeze? Yikes.

the Bag Lady said...

Emily - if the temperature gets that low, will it affect the fruit crops? Don't they grow fruit in Georgia? Isn't that where the term "Georgia Peach" comes from? Uh oh, my ignorance is showing, isn't it?

dfTerrie - Your weather sounds almost as nasty as ours - just warmer!
We have block heaters in our cars and trucks, so we can plug them in to help keep the engine block warm. I keep my loader in a heated shop so I can feed the cows.
One of the standing jokes around here is "I'm going to keep driving south until someone asks me what that electrical cord hanging out the front of my truck is for!"

Of course, when it's this cold, it feels like you are driving on square tires.....

the Bag Lady said...

Hi, Marianne! (We were posting at the same time) The cows are well insulated - they grow extra hair in the winter. I also make sure they have lots of feed (eating keeps them warm) and lots of straw to bed down on.
Still glad I don't have to live outside with them!

MizFit said...

WOW.
here? 80 today
here? high of 30 on monday.

STAY WARM. Snuggle the rancher!

solarity said...

High of 45 (that's plus!) here today. Highs dropping to below freezing in the next few days, but it will stop raining so I can move things in a truck and open trailer.
Believe me, you don't want it too airtight. I've tried to get fires going in these new stoves several times since we moved, and even though (at the architect's insistence--he knew how airtight this house would be) they both have cold air intakes, I still can't get them to do more than smoulder unless I leave the fire door open.
The cows here don't get noticeably thick coats, but this year, looking at all the fuzzy horses, I'm expecting a lot of cold weather.

Mary Anne in Kentucky

bunnygirl said...

That sounds like exactly the sort of weather I'd expect in Canada this time of year. We had temps in the 70s today and they'll drop to the 50s with overnight in the 30s by the end of the weekend. Gulf Coast winters are all over the place and you're as likely to need shorts and the a/c as flannel and the heater on any given day.

the Bag Lady said...

Miz - only 30 on Monday? Our cold air must be working it's way toward you!
I would snuggle the Rancher if he wasn't working night shift.... ~~sigh~~

Mary Anne - That's how I have to start my stove - jam it as full as possible, add a little paper, open the cold air intake as far as possible and leave the door open a wee bit until the stove takes off. Of course, with this cold weather, I try not to let it go out!

BG - this is actually a little early for the extreme cold - our temps aren't usually this cold until January or February. I'm hoping this means we're getting it over with early and the rest of the winter will be mild. (I can dream, can't I?)
I think I could probably handle winter where you are - it's the summers that would kill me! Too hot and humid.

Heather said...

Ummm. I was complaining (vociferously) about our six degrees. I officially realize now that I have nothing to complain about.

the Bag Lady said...

Well, Heather, everything depends on your perspective, right? If 6 degrees is unusually cold for your area, then complain away! (Just don't expect any sympathy from me!! Hehehehehehe)

Sagan said...

I really dislike it when it's sunny in the winter. That always means its colder out! It's hovering between -20 and -30 today around here, I think.

Am so jealous of your woodstove- we used to have one when we lived in a house and it was wonderful. Mmmm fires.

We're so crazy to live in Canada:)

the Bag Lady said...

Sagan - I agree! Every winter, I ask myself why I live here! Every summer, I remember. If only I could afford two places - one here in the summer, and one somewhere warmer for the winter. Sigh.

Hilary said...

It's been cold, snowy and blowy here too though not as bad as there. This morning our wind chill was -27C but it's supposed to rain by Wednesday. Go figure.

the Bag Lady said...

Rain on Wednesday?! Ye Gods, that'll make for a nasty Xmas Eve!!

Our temps are supposed to stay cold, but slightly warmer by Christmas. I hope the forecast is right.

Geosomin said...

-34...the wind makes it -43.
Ah winter...

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