Friday, January 25, 2008


It's been a bit chilly here the last couple of weeks. Every night the temperature has sunk to -15F to -25F. Daytime highs hover around 0F. I can't believe how much difference the insulation in the garage has made! I haven't had to plug in the truck or warm it up in the mornings. This has saved us a fortune in gas. Good thing, because fuel oil is $3.69/gal right now.

The recent full moon has made the cold bearable. The sparkle of the snow amidst the tree shadows created by the moon's brilliance has been breathtaking! This kind of cold requires clear skies, so we've been getting plenty of sunshiny days. The clear, cold days have given us a break from shoveling. We got 22 inches of snow in December, and another 10-12 inches in January. It looks like our drought has finally broken.

L got his new hearing aids yesterday. He's actually complaining about hearing too well. After spending 2 months without any hearing aids, we're all used to yelling at him. Now, we all have to learn to talk in a normal tone again.

Z is back to sleeping at night. We had a rough few days, keeping a cranky, sleep-deprived teenager from taking naps. Our frayed nerves have now recovered enough to tackle our next project, Z's room. None of us are looking forward to starting this project this weekend, but it MUST be done before we can accomplish anything else.


At 1/25/2008 8:30 PM, Blogger Blue said...

Do you guys drink? That might help (ha ha just kidding)! Love the cartoon and it sounds like we are sharing the same kind of weather.

Aren't you glad about all the care and time you took with the garage? You must feel great.


At 1/25/2008 8:30 PM, Blogger Blue said...

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At 1/26/2008 12:23 AM, Blogger SME said...

Sounds better than the warmish-but-cloudy stuff out least you get some blue sky! *grumble grumble*
I've been using the "happy light" a lot.

At 1/26/2008 12:44 AM, Blogger Cherie said...

First of all, that cartoon is hilarious!

Secondly, I've seen your below zero temps reported on the news and have felt that you must be tougher than we are, for dipping to the teens sends us to the hat and scarf cupboard in a hurry. The scenario you describe with the moon and the sparkling snow - envy, envy, envy. Glad your insulation is doing the trick!

And third, so happy for L. to have his hearing aids, and I know how he feels, like what a relief to take them out again and have relative silence. Ha! But, he'll get used to them in time. I need to get new ones, too. And so happy that Z is on a better sleep schedule.

A full and interesting post for sure!

At 1/26/2008 8:31 AM, Blogger Jeannie said...

We've had some cold too - but I don't think we've gone quite as cold at night or as warm in the daytime. It is nice to see the sunshine though.

When you're done with Z's room - come and do my daughter's

At 1/26/2008 2:32 PM, Blogger Courtney said...

Holy crap!? 3.69/gal? We're down to about 2.95.

Y'know, MT gets coooold, don't get me wrong, but the midwest always seemed colder in winter. There was a little more moisture and a hellacious wind chill, but in IL, we wore coats. The other day, it was 2 degrees, and a man and a little girl walked into the post office. She didn't have a coat on, and she was licking an ice cream cone. I don't get it.

Good luck on Z's room. Is it bad enough that you have to leave a note letting everyone know where you went and to call the authorities if you're not back in two days? ;)

At 1/26/2008 4:09 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Blue, peppermint schnaps mixed with hot chocolate is the best therapy for cold and stress. ;)

SME, does the light help?
Quit whining! You'll soon be on the beaches of Taiwan.

Cherie, I don't know about interesting, but our life is definitely FULL!

The hearing aids L had for the last 5 years were horrible. They never did work right. He's a bit overwhelmed after 5 yrs of not hearing the rustles and rattles of everyday life. He forgot that life can be noisy.

Jeannie, the cleaning isn't bad. It's the negotiations over parting with ANYTHING that gets on my nerves. OCD can be a harsh mistress. :(

Courtney, I can't understand why fuel oil prices stay so high! It's always run about the same price as gas. Now gas is down to $2.89 and fuel oil hasn't gone down. :(

Yeah, it's THAT bad! We don't all go in there at the same time. One of us needs to stay out of the zone to serve as search and rescue. ;)

At 1/26/2008 11:28 PM, Blogger Grizzly Mama said...

Oh, honey, I'm impressed. You're getting it together - it's hard sometimes. Good luck on the room.

The fuel oil bills are freaking me out. Totally. Heating this old house has been an eye opener, let me tell ya. We definitely won't be buying something like this. (Give me back my rowhouse!!) The wind - it just whistles around this house constantly.

At 1/27/2008 4:09 AM, Blogger La Cremiere said...

I can't believe how cold it is over your end of the World. It's even in the news in the UK. Here we have an early Spring with temperature of 12 degree Celcius and flowers are blooming along the banks of the Thames river. It's lovely. I haven't had to wear my coat so far. I just hope we don't get a winter in the summer.

At 1/27/2008 6:37 AM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Monica, will there EVER be a time when you and I get it ALL together? LOL! I live in fear of the adage:"I finally got it all together, but I forgot where I put it!"

I hear you about heating a drafty old farm house! We've made our home quite efficient with double-paned windows and LOTS of caulk, but we're still feeling the bite of heating costs.

LC, it's actually warmer now than it was when I was a kid. Temperatures of -30F to -40F were common then. Those temps were usually accompanied by 90-some inches of snow.

At 1/27/2008 10:28 AM, Blogger Laura said...

It's been cold here too lately, but not THAT cold. I've frozen my ass off a couple times the past week. Stay warm...

At 1/27/2008 10:34 AM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Laura, I hope you remembered to pick your ass up off the street. ;)

I'll bet your wind chills were lower than ours though. We don't usually get the winds that you guys do.

At 1/27/2008 11:34 AM, Blogger Blue said...

That's a perfect recommendation for cold/stress and will try it asap. Wonder if it'd be good for brekkie (ha ha ha).

I remember (oh man now I sound old) walking 1.5 miles to Merivale High School every day in a miniskirt when it was minus thirty something. So cold my hair was literally frosted by the time I got there.

What happens to us as we get older? I could swear those days were just a week or so ago!

At 1/27/2008 12:11 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

LOL Blue! I wouldn't recommend it for breakfast unless you want to take a nap before lunch. It's a perfect before bed drink though!

My Dad always giggled through the winter when I was a teen. He hated my miniskirts and loved to watch us all freezing our thighs off.

Did you ever go outside with a wet head and break off a chunk of hair? I did. I always scoffed when my Mom warned me of this. Dumb kid! ;)

It WAS yesterday! My 17-yr-old brain says so. Too bad that brain is trapped in a 52-yr-old body. ;)

At 1/27/2008 12:32 PM, Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

That guy needs warmer pants, or more exercise to increase the bloodflow to his butt. Well, it's too late now. I guess hindsight is 20/20.

We just get rain here. It's annoying. I'd take snow. Snow is cool. But then again, we left the Midwest to get away from the snow, so of course, I don't know what I'm talking about any more.

As for L's hearing aid, Deep Purple had a stanza that went:

The alien has landed
Finger in his ear
Can't hear a word I'm sayin'
But maybe, that ain't such a bad idea

Good luck with Z's room. Mrs. Z sometimes just gives up and cleans Junior's room. She gets sick of nagging him. One of these days, we're going to find Jimmy Hoffa's body in there.

At 1/27/2008 12:53 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

LMAO(Is this redundant?) at "hindsight" ZS!

Judging from the smells emanating from Z's room, I'd say he either has a body in there or a whole pile of dirty socks. ;)

At 1/27/2008 3:39 PM, Blogger VV said...

That's what I like about you. You're not afraid of putting in the work to do something right the first time, insulating the garage, fighting a cranky teenager to make sure he gets back on a proper sleep schedule. Your temperatures are waaaaayyyy too cold for me. I wish we got more snow but am thankful we don't get that cold. Stay warm!

At 1/27/2008 4:44 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

VV, I tend to procrastinate on a lot of chores, like mending, but I always tackle the must-do list.

The cold snap broke today. We're luxuriating in +30F temps. I just hope we don't get any freezing rain. I'd rather have the cold, than ice covering everything.

At 1/30/2008 10:55 AM, Blogger Laura said...

Wind Chill of -21 today!!! WHOOOO

At 1/30/2008 5:52 PM, Blogger Squirl said...

Our temps have been in the single digits since yesterday. Nothing like your temps. But we had the light, grainy snow and winds up to 50mph. I still don't believe I drove to work today as I could've worked from home.

I'm glad you got your garage insulated. In those temps it must be a godsend.

Hey, my word ver is goddm. Why does that sound like swearing?

Boy, I sure remember walking to school in miniskirts and nylons. And my coat was as short as my skirts. No way in hell I'd do that today. Live and learn.

At 1/31/2008 6:22 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Laura, we had -48 wind chill yesterday. I don't mind the cold, but I HATE wind!

Squirl, I think my mini-skirt years are what taught me that style doesn't matter as much as comfort. ;)

At 2/02/2008 9:29 PM, Blogger Pam said...

When we moved to MN several years ago, I prayed that indeed, I might freeze my butt off and even considered some middle of the night streaking to aid in this endeavor. No luck. What a nice perk that would be for this ridiculous weather we've been having! Aaah, but today we were in the 30s. Sweatshirt weather!

At 2/03/2008 9:55 AM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Pam, I think the cold weather only makes our butts bigger! :(

We were in the 20s yesterday...and the wind wasn't blowing. Yay!


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