The temperature is now back up in the zero to 5 below range, and it feels so warm! We had a about a week where cars and generators froze, with temps of 35 to 55 below.
Way to cold.
The house did pretty well, considering. The woodstove kept the downstairs warm, and under covers even the upstairs was lovely. The back rooms were freezing, and I didn't even attempt to sit still at the loom, but when its that cold, kitchen and hearth are all you really need.
The generator froze twice and wouldn't start, but each time, darlin' man was able to get it running again with help from the propane heater.
There was alot of this:
and of this:
Weeks like this with temperatures so cold really and really remind you just how dependant you are on energy, whether from wood burning, or the generator and monitor and cars that run on fossil fuels.
Weeks like this make me want to stay home with the fire, and not leave.
Last weekend, along with the ridculous cold, we had ice fog so intense you couldn't see headlights across an intersection. The radio was giving periodic warnings about how air quality is not advised for the young, pregnant or elderly. Ice fog is something that only happens at super cold temps, when the moisture in the air crystalizes into fog. It is compounded by pollution - car exhaust, power plant emissions, woodstove and heater exhausts - it all gets trapped by the cold density of the air and the fog and gets worse. It is like breathing soup.
Sometimes when I've driving the 40 minutes home from work, I wonder if we wouldn't have made a better choice by finding somewhere closer into town. If the commuter gas makes up for the eventual food production. But then a week of ice fog I would NEVER want my future children breathing reminds me that that is another, super potent reason why we live outside of the populated areas. There was no ice fog at our house, only crystal clear air that burned with chill as you breathed it, and made the stars shine brighter and look both closer and farther away.