Last night it dropped down to 28 degrees, on my newly acquired inside- outside weather station.
Digital so there's misreading it. And I don't have to find my specs to see.
Lately it has been cold and dry, not having any frost on the windshields of the truck. Cold and Dry....just how I like it.
It was also a two fireplace night since we had a little more wind than normal. During breezes it seems the house cools off a lot faster than normal, even with good weatherstripping on all the windows and doors. Weatherstripping was the first thing we did after getting the house finished.
During the time we first started construction on the house, I stayed at a friends house. Seeing his construction and lack of any insulation, was the motivating factor in probably overdoing the insulation in our house.
I remember sitting in his dining room trying to have dinner one night, freezing my butt off, bundled up , all while there was a massive fire going in his fireplace in the next room.
His fireplace burned up tons of wood but the house was always fridged.
He was always complaining of how cold it was. But never did anything about gaps large enough that you could push a pencil through.
Walking around town I see large gaps in almost all the construction. Either from the wood shrinking or walls twisting out of plumb.
Weatherstripping here is stuffing old newspapers in the cracks that open up, foam is something you get on milk if you whip it.....
15 years ago you couldn't find foam weatherstripping down here at all. I had to bring it down each time we came down so that we could do all the doors and windows. We also imported 2 inch ridged foam boards on the roof of the whole house. They couldn't understand why we wanted to put those panels on top of the wood, when the wood looked perfectly good to put the tile on........
I had a few people inquire about the progress of the cabbage crop. Here is a picture of it from yesterday. The head is forming nicely, but hopefully the cold nights will not impede the growth too much.
December is not the coldest month up here, usually the end of January beginning of February will bring in nights even more chilly. At least the days are prefect, hot when you are in the sun, moderate when you are in the shade, cool crisp evenings perfect for the crackling fire. Now if we only grew nice oak for the fireplaces......
Maybe we can grow some pines that would be perfect for a Christmas Tree lot, next year? Maybe knot!