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Conserving Energy

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Today my work was cancelled, but DH’s was not. They did cancel his outdoor responsibilities, for which I am grateful.
We had the second coldest temperature of all time for our locale today. Yesterday I worked remotely, but to be honest, it was hard to concentrate with the cold piercing my clothing layers, worrying about today’s coldest temps, and rolling blackouts starting.
I turned our thermostat down 3 degrees, to 65. I closed the vent in a room we won’t use. I opened the vent in the basement to make my morning bike ride more tolerable-turns out there’s a reason it’s been so cold!-and to help prevent pipes freezing. I turned off and unplugged everything I could.
The news advised no laundry, no dishwasher, no oven to save energy. Oh, darn, I can’t do housework; however will I survive?
We were not the only ones to leave our porch unlit last night! Dark porch is preferable to no electricity. Even Benji was too cold to bark about it, as he has before. He needs his routine.
I planned for passing the time without electricity:

The puzzle is complete. I used daylight for all of my daytime activities! With DH working in another room, he asked why I was walking around.
“Just another turn-off-and-unplug sweep,” I told him. I prayed a blackout wouldn’t interrupt his remote work. I only found one thing to unplug, but they say if every household does just a little, it helps.
And now the sun will set. I’ve turned on a light to continue my activities. I’m skipping a usual hour of TV. I can feel the cold air creeping into our 120-year-old house. I hear the furnace click on.
Glad for many blankets and woolen warriors should a power interruption be necessary.
Sending warming wishes your way (unless you’re in Miami 😘).
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    Our Texas family members are experiencing power outages too. Our daughter has been taking her 2 boys outside to run around whenever they don’t have power during the day. The kids love it. DH and I have lots of pictures and videos of all of them playing in the snow. The best part is that when they come back into the house, the house feels warm to them. They change into dry clothes just about the same time as the heat comes back on. The rolling blackouts can be turned into something positive.

    I remember living up north as a child. We used to lose power quite often. My father made a fireplace grill. We cooked dinner on it, made coffee on it, and one year we bought a popcorn maker for the fireplace. That was so awesome! We used to fill the bathtubs up with water in case a pipe broke. My mother also bagged snow and put into the freezer to keep our frozen stuff frozen. Then she had us make snow cones from Koolaid and snow. I also remember hot chocolate with marshmallows and making s’mores and cooking hotdogs on a metal stick with a wooden handle.
    50 days ago
    Good that you can work from home. I hope things improve quickly.
    53 days ago
    Good for you!
    53 days ago
    Takes everyone back to times past with outdoor plumbing, heat source was the wood cookstove (no wonder the kitchen was the heart of the house!), frozen underwear on the clothesline and warm silk and wool clothing rather than today's polyester. Keep doing what you're doing!
    54 days ago
    OUtstanding job! Doing the same things here. Actually good habits!

    Stay warm. Yes, singing the praises of blankets and wool!

    54 days ago
    Can't wait to complain about the summer heat! Think positive, it will come!
    54 days ago
    Doing your part sounds right!
    I hope it warms up a bit. Even a few degrees makes a difference.
    54 days ago
    You are very conscientious and practical too. And your sense of humour is intact despite all the challenges!! Wishing you all the best . . .
    54 days ago
    54 days ago
    stay safe and warm hugs
    54 days ago
    Take care, this too shall pass.
    54 days ago
    Stay safe and stay warm. You are doing your part to be a part of the solution.

    Take care!

    54 days ago
    Hoping you stay warm and snug and lit up. Early bed sounds like a good plan, too.
    54 days ago
    You should have seen the line at Temperature Tuesday! Runza nom nom! Kitties told it's not for them!

    Here's hoping the rolling blackouts won't be needed any more if we all just put that thermostat down those couple of degrees!
    54 days ago
    You are doing all the right things. Keep some water dripping a bit so your pipes don't freeze and open the cabinet doors so some of the room heat will get to them.
    At least that's what we used to do in Ohio, the last time I had to deal with zero temps.

    What a weird upside down world.
    We were 46 degrees today in VA and the bluebirds have returned from the south a month early.

    Stay safe, satay warm.
    54 days ago
    Hope all is well. Thinking of everyone in the cold weather.
    55 days ago
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