January 6, 2014

Witches' Tit, Brass Brassiere, All That Jazz

Well, the Winter Storm-pocalypse-mageddon thingy is in full swing here at the Stately JB Manor.

Started snowing yesterday morning.  Missus JB and I made a run to the laundromat because our clothes dryer is on the blink... Drum turns fine, but no heat is generated.  I'd already replaced the heating element and the thermal cutoff fuses, but still nada.  So, I'll be getting a service tech out to look it over, and might just replace the damn thing.

Anywho, we ran to do 9 (nine!) loads of laundry, and it started snowing right before we finished up.  Got home, dropped off Missus JB and the girls to start putting away laundry, and I made a run to fill the gas tank and grab some logs that were laying on the ground in a wooded area not far from here.  The woods belong to a neighbor, and some trees were cut last summer to make space for power lines.  The neighbor has no fireplace, and he's told me "Come and take 'em anytime", so I snagged a few good sized logs, brought them home, and split 'em quick.  Stacked them up, came inside, and got snuggled in.  We watched it snow and snow and snow, and mid-afternoon I went out to clear the drive with the snow blower.  Figured that if I got a head start, it would make for easier snow clearance today.

Got a fire going in the fireplace, filled a jug with 5 gallons of water just in case the pipes froze, and settled down with a bourbon and the dogs and a book.  Oh, and the wife. Can't forget her.

This morning, the chill that the talking heads on the weather channel had been predicting arrived in full force.  Temps in the negative teens (exact numbers depended on which website I read... what's the deal with THAT, anyway?) and a wind chill that is lower than the average politician's IQ score.

Got coffee and breakfast into me, got to work on clearing the drive again, and tried to start the Jeep.

Tried.  Operative word, that.

Seems that the battery hath done shat.  Too cold, won't create a current.  Stop and think about that for a minute... It is SO flipping cold that electrons have stopped moving.

Yeah.

Cleared more of the drive, tried to jump start the Jeep with wife.gov's Altima, failed at that, and decided that I didn't really need to go anywhere anyway so let's go back inside for some chicken-corn chowder and a couple hours of napping.  I consider ourselves fortunate: We have a good supply of food, water, beer, and firewood.  We haven't lost power, though the news is reporting that others have.  We are safe, and have a roof over our heads.  That's all that really matters.

About 2/3 of Indiana is under travel restrictions, which means only essential vehicles can be on the road, unless you have an emergency (we live in the country, and there's no EMS service to be counted upon here).
So, there ya have it... Cold here, wind blowing, vehicles that won't start, and the JB Family safely tucked in the house.

1 comment:

Old NFO said...

Safest place to be! :-) Snuggle time!!! LOL