It’s cold here, very cold.  The afternoon high was 47 degrees and tonight it’s predicted to drop to 29.  I looked that up and water freezes at that temperature.  Don’t get me wrong, I do like ice – on a hot summer day and in small quantities.  A whole world filled with it is a bit much for this California boy.

I really do dislike the cold.  Usually I go looking for a sweater if the temperature drops below say, 74.  47 is like being in Siberia.  It’s the kind of day that would make me want to sit in front of a nice fire and drink hot cider.

But that was not to be my fate today.  Instead I went to church where we discovered that the heater is having problems and not even the warmth of our hearts could keep my fingers from freezing.  The cold did make it harder to sleep through the pastor’s sermon – the desire to keep moving out weighed the desire to nod off, and kept the mind awake and alert.

After church there was the little side trip grocery store.  I am sure they aren’t suppose to let icicles form from the ceilings.  We went though the line of one of my favorite checkers and she was very happy with her new fingerless gloves – kept her hands nice and warm while working the register.

Lunch was a nice hot bowl of soup which was just what I needed before heading out to my workshop.  My nice, cold workshop.  I figure if this weather keeps up I could save some money on electricity by moving the refrigerator into the shop – about the same temperature so there’d be no need to plug it in.

Speaking of electricity, our electrician finished installing the new lights and outlets in my shop on Thursday – a record cold day in this city.  I spent much of the day yesterday enjoying the completion of that project.  I plugged in power tools and ran a heater at the same time I was using the drill press.  Then I had the table saw, dust collector and my radio all going at the same time – with no circuit breaker tripping.

Amazing the things these modern electricians can do with wires.

It’s still to early to call the electrical project done.  There is still the final electrical inspection, moving the washing machine so the last circuit can be installed, finishing removing the old wiring and installing the trim around the new circuit panel.  I did brave the cold temps this afternoon, just long enough to install the trim myself.

Likely we’ll have to wait for the spring thaw before we can paint my trim work.  Until then, I can now sneak out to the shop after work, turn on my little heater and enjoy an hour two of making things without worrying about electricity.  It will be nice to get time to catch up on a few projects.

And come to think of it, I’ve now have enough power that I could keep a bowl of cider hot for days in my shop.

Till next week,

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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2 Responses to Cold

  1. gpcox says:

    I haven’t seen ice or snow in 43 years, don’t get much of it here in So. Fla., it might be nice for a change.


  2. deb reilly says:

    🙂 Enjoyed the ice comment especially!


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