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Small space living and winter challenges

November 22nd, 2013 at 06:58 pm

Oh boy.

Our first freeze and it didnt go so smoothly in the small house. Woke up this morning to a 49 degree house and no water. Brr and drats! The porch steps were iced over too. Luckily, no broken bones.

Thankfully, the hub is home for three more days and can check into why the heater stopped, why the water stopped and fix the slip n slide we call the porch. Definitely makes me leery of the next 5 weeks while the hub will be in Alaska.

Hauling laundry up to the big house and back isnt as much fun in the wind, rain and mud either. Frown But, we will make it all work.

Taking an objective look, I know that the issues I am having are not because of small space living- but they are frustrating none-the-less.

Today we are having a pot luck lunch at work. This has been a super busy week, so making something from home didnt happen. Luckily, several people needed last minute items, so someone was going to the store and I was able to chip in. Whatever is over and above, my job will pay for- so it wasnt as expensive as I had anticipated.

I am so glad it is Friday. The first week back from vacation is always a marathon. I am ready to swap hats for a couple of days. Thankfully, next week is a short 3 day work week, followed by a 4 day weekend. Big Grin

4 Responses to “Small space living and winter challenges”

  1. snafu Says:

    Water stopped: likely because the water pipes are not sufficiently insulated so any water in the lines simply froze. We've 'wrapped' the pipes under the sinks that we can reach with inexpensive slit foam tubes made for this problem. When it gets below zero, we leave one tap to drip, just one drop at a time [takes a lot of fiddling] just before bed and close 1st thing in the AM to keep the water bill from ballistic and rotate between the sinks.

    It sounds awful but I've seen the mess and cost of others in our condo complex when their water pipe burst!

  2. Looking Forward Says:

    Geesh! What a pain!

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    Have you closed up the exterior vents on the house for winter? We forgot to do that one year and our pipes froze. They thawed right out again after we closed the vents.

  4. Thrifty Ray Says:

    The regulator had froze. The hub fixed it, covered it well, and we should be ok again. Things have been working normally the last couple of days.

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