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More of this, I see.

Oof. That little snowflake symbol isn’t snow – it’s sleet. I’m listening to it click against the windows as I type.

When this Ukraine thing hit, we were caught out without enough home heating oil to make it through the season. Overnight, the price rocketed over twice what we’d last paid and even if you were willing to pay that stupid money, you couldn’t get any delivered.

Hence, we haven’t had the central heating on for a month.

Doing okay, though. I have a stock of hot water bottles and an electric throw blanket and Uncle B has…a high tolerance for pain, I guess.

We have plenty of wood and solid fuel. At night, he builds a big fire and everything thaws.

Forget warmening, I honestly live in fear that we’re moving to a time of increased cold. This is not the way I want to see myself out.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 30, 2022, 7:41 pm

If you’ve been pining for 4chan, I give you frenschan – the place for frens.

I was never a channer. If nothing else, I found the page formatting too confusing.

Comment from p2
Time: March 30, 2022, 8:56 pm

If it’s any consolation, Swease, I still have 3 feet of snow in the backyard. There’s 6-7 feet where it’s piled up from clearing the drive & the lane to the road. The temp did get above freezing the other day for a couple of hours…..

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: March 30, 2022, 10:22 pm

Where exactly is your wound so I know where to apply the salt and lemon juice….

We’re having a temperature drop in East Texas…67 down to 63. Brrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Makes the 1850’s house quite nice with a warm cup of tea for the evening internet trips.

At least over there you know it REALLY is Russia’s fault your fuel supply is hosed. Well, them, or the idiot leaders who thought it was a good idea to get dependant on the former Soviet Union to heat your homes.

Not y’alls doing I know, sorry, but we’re all in for a rougher ride for a while until some adults return to power.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: March 31, 2022, 1:17 pm

Central heat in homes was not a thing when I lived in Japan, years ago. Actually, it’s still not, per se. Now “each room” has an individual electric Heater/Air Con unit built in – you only turn it on when you are using the room; each unit has its own remote control.

But back in the day, in our tiny apartment we had a little kerosene (I believe the Brits call it “paraffin” ) heater. Technically, it is a Japanese Wife’s ®️ duty to light the heater each morning, but being a generous and progressively-minded American, I agreed to play “Paper-Scissors-Stone” each morning for the task and almost never cheated either! Heater lit, we would huddle around it and heat our underwear – warmed nether-garments being a pleasure so lovely it was almost worth the suffering.

Another related memory that has left a strong impression was visiting a Japanese Department Store soon after I had arrived in country and seeing, for sale, a toilet seat with an electrical cord and plug sticking out of it. Oh how I laughed! It struck me as being as useful as an electric fork. Until…… I got my own little apartment and had to sit on a toilet seat in an unheated bathroom at 2 a.m. or so on a genuine winter night. The next day I was in that Department Store, cash in my cold little hand. So Ms Weasel and Uncle Badger, if you don’t have one – I highly recommend and endorse this product.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 31, 2022, 2:15 pm

England isn’t so bad on that score, Durned. Only 6% of our oil supply came from Russia. As someone pointed out, everyone probably cut back by more than 6% on spec, so whence comes the price rises?

We’ve got the windfarm/solar madness in a big way, though. I’ll be astonished if we’re not having brownouts soon just with our current consumption, as they close the nukes. So what happens when they force us onto electric heat pumps and electric cars?

Comment from BJM
Time: March 31, 2022, 3:50 pm

Fours years ago we chose to install propane-fueled heaters in the new house. It was cheap…not so today. Fortunately we have mini-splits in the bedrooms, a large fireplace in the great room and prolly 20 cords of wood from the original property cleanup. We’re also running solar and usually zero out at the end of the year.

I don’t see how the UK can possibly replace fossil fuels with solar, you simply don’t have enough land mass. Idiots

Oh…California’s new madness? We received a letter from CARB that our 2008 F450 will be de-registered in 2023 unless we replace the engine to meet the new emission standards..that’s a $15k hit. A new HD diesel would be $90k…if you could get one…everything is already in short supply or backordered. Of course this was AFTER we paid the $658 reg. How the hell are the farmers and ranchers are going to survive this nonsense. They already drove the independent truckers out of state, ergo the backup at the ports. Do these morons not see the coordination between trucks and food production and transport? Silly me, a rhetorical question. If this keeps up there will be food shortages, that’s a given as more acreage lies fallow. It’s beginning to look a lot like pitchfork time.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: April 1, 2022, 1:05 am

@Someveg – oh oh! I discovered warming clothes in February out in the 1850 house! Holding a shirt over the propane heat rising and letting the hot air flow up the sleeves, same with the jeans (dungarees! Guess where I grew up!) And boots held upside down. It makes standing in the cold for a couple minutes worth it all!

I get from Korean soaps that being cold is a fairly normal way of life for Koreans in old houses. That and sleeping on the floor!

Weasy, y’all need a kotatsu!

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