Super short this morning because Elaine and I are short of power.
No matter how much contingency planning you do, a high of 8 F and chills well below zero – are not the kind of thing you normally plan for.
Here’=’s the national picture and this snap of all the cold parts will ove to the right as the week progresses…
Our SitRep: People
Elaine is just n9-days from her right hipe replacement, Still some pain in the right incision area, but only occasional joint pain (dull). Major focus for her is rest with exercise breaks.
Zeus the Cat has to be thrown out to pee and poo he’ at the door within 5=min, though. No fool.
Ure (his crisis managing old self) is fine. Great experience (but then, so’s death, I hear, lol). The sore knee is improved, rest is good, solar panels were ncleared off. So some power and web acce3ss survives.
(Publishing to this point)
- Food: We still have a totally topped off larder. There is a ton in the freezers, plus I picked up from freezer rolls and bread dough so we can bake on the BBQ (70 lb tank),
- Water: No sign of freezing – yet. Cold tap water is running about 39.7 F – so keeping an eye on that. Main high-payback strategy wa blocking off the under house vents for crwlspace and running th house propane heat hot (78) which kept things warm for us and which means no frozen pipes yet. In the guest room, 450 rolls of toilet paper and thry wont’ freeze. We have 5+gllons of water in containers on counter. And on fwd plan, we will be back to our “blue water barrels” soon enough when temps firs over 32 in coming days. This doesn’t count 5-gallons avail in toilet, How Water is a distint memory, though. Dishes by hand in cold water – like camping as a kid.
- Environment: Septic’s are working well. Elaine’s pain meds in stock along with the anti-clot post surg injectables,. the “bedside commode” hasn’t been graced by my asss, yt, but in the septic’s (2 systems) falter, there’s a “sh*t chute) and the woods, lol,
- Energy: Self congratulatory part here. Best investments in terms of payoffs: Large vent less propane heater being installed and at the ready. Electricity: We are just passing the 24-hour mark this morning. This is total down, not part of the rolling blackouts. Today, we will get the two laptops over onto the solar system for a good recharge – something to keep (we3 hope) Peoplenomics going tomorrow on sked. Propane use hasn’t made a dent, yet: 400 gallons is all a 500″ nameplate tank really holds, but no drawdown on the tank noted. Still have 1/3rd of the 70 pounder and two 20 pounders full, so we don’t plan to starve.
- Shelter: House is doing well – we will see how a “regular mobile” fares with a second dump of frozen prceip due tomorrow and Thurs.
- Transportation: Power crews are not anywhere near getting things back up due to ice and snow If I need to, I’ll plow out to the county road (which will also be unplowed but which may be compacted). Joys of 4X4 diesels, Both cars haven’t been tough – we will get into them on the backside of Big Thaw,
- Communications: Limited 2-meter and lots of HF capability due to the oversized solar.
- Finance3s: Before storm hit, we made sure both credit cards were zeroed. Markets are set to open higher (crisis is good for market, remember our discussions of synthetic growth?
Best training process for prepping an ETex Outback place was getting our sailboat ready for going offshore back in 2000. Plan on no help. Didn’t think also plan on Ice Sheets returning,, lol. Forces you to go through systems thinking and spot the failures in advance.
We haven’t even had to dig into the deeper levels of prepping yet (rocket stove with charcoal for cooking, outdoors of course, for example – and yes, we have 120 lb of charcoal and magnesium fire-started ands…)
More after charging around noonish…
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