Saturday, January 10, 2009

More about snow

Well, the thrill of winter has gone - it happened on the second day when we woke up and there was no water - the pipes were frozen. Everyone had to go to school - work - Paris, so I was left holding the hair dryer, sitting in the frozen shed with the water pipes, a pile of newspaper, and a halogen light I grabbed from the living room.

I thawed the pipes, wrapped them in newspaper, noticed a joint was leaking slightly (Old, rusty pipes - they ned to be replaced ASAP) and set up the halogen light so it was shining on them and (hopefully) creating a little pocket of warmth in the cold. It was - 14C, which works out to be about 8°F.
The next morning the pipes froze again, and this time my husband volonteered to man the hair dryer. I re-wrapped the pipes (the newspaper had fallen off) and then wrapped them again with a polo wrap for horses, lol. Bright red. Very festive. Light is still on in the shed, so our electricity bill will be be horrid for this month.
But it's lovely to walk in the snow, play in the snow, slide in the snow, and throw snowballs at everyone.


debra said...

So sorry about the pipes, Sam. We've been snowed in today---we had about a foot of snow (over ice) and more is supposed to come tonight. We don't get a lot of sunshine, so seeing the sun in your photos made me smile.

Doug said...

Great snow pix, and happy new year!

Charles Gramlich said...

I keep hearing the song, "The Thrill is gone." We only had one set of frozen pipes since I've been in Lousiana, but we used to have to wrap them every winter when I lived in Arkansas, which involved crawling "under" the house.

John Nez said...

I understand that if you leave the water running at a slight flow, it helps keep the pipes from freezing.

It's the COLD that I find the hardest to bear. Even with long-johns, fighting the cold is just so relentless.

I've happily traded the sunny blue skies and freezing icy snow for cloudy wet grey and no snow! It was enough to just get photos while it lasted...


Oopsy Daisy said...

Oh no! Frozen pipes are no fun! I have my fingers crossed that ours don't freeze this winter. This is an unusually cold winter this year. That's why I am ging to Florida for a couple of weeks. I swear I am. Hubby doesn't believe me, but he will when I buy the plane tickets. ;-)