Prepper Diary December 27: Our Focus on the Temperature and the Wood Stove Continues

Our wood stove is cranking out the heat, keeping the cold at bay. The pile of red-hot coals generate the most heat while the logs that are burning brightly will soon be coals themselves.

I woke up at 3:56 a.m. Saturday, which is very unusual for me as I usually sleep straight through the night.  I figured I was worried about frozen pipes, so I padded into the bathroom flushed the toilet and ran some water in the sink.  It was 48 degrees in there.  Brrr!

I remembered years back when I lived in an apartment I rented for $150 a month while I was a junior in college. It was so cold inside you could see your breath in the bathroom.  When you bathed, you had to run the water on hot long enough that the steam would fill the room.  Only then could you dare to undress.  This wasn’t quite so bad in our bathroom, but it sure wasn’t good. 

I went to college close enough to Canada that you could drive there to buy beer.  That year, it snowed every day in January.  We don’t expect that kind of weather here, but both my wife and I have plenty of experience living in cold weather.  It’s just not recent experience. Still, we wanted to move somewhere it wasn’t so hot.  Looks like we can check off that box.

At 4 a.m. the upstairs fireplace was still burning merrily, so I added two more logs, ran downstairs, popped more wood in the stove, and went back to bed.  Thankfully, the covers were still warm, and I quickly fell back to sleep. 

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May you have a Very Prepper Christmas

We are enjoyed a white Christmas, which is both a blessing and a little but of a curse when you live on a steep mountain. This is the time of year when you wish you owned a snow machine.

We are enjoying a white Christmas, as yesterday’s rain turned into snow late in the evening and has been blowing around every since.  Well, “enjoying” may be a bit of an exaggeration, as we woke to 12 degrees outside and 59 in the bedroom. It was definitely a morning to snuggle under the down comforter and stay in be a while longer.

Our plans for Christmas dinner with some of our new neighbors are postponed over concerns that some of the neighbors at the bottom of the mountain will not be able to make it up and down.  The Christmas gathering has been rescheduled for Saturday, but it would not surprise me if it gets pushed back to Sunday.

We celebrated Christmas early when my daughter was visiting, and now we are celebrating late with neighbors.  Today, I expect we will continue to eat leftovers and perhaps spend some quality time together in front of the crackling fire. 

However and with whomever you are celebrating, we wish you the best of holidays and encourage you to take a respite from the year that was 2020 and enjoy the day.  Turn off the news, log out of twitter and Facebook.  Spend time with the people who are present.

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This Christmas, Give a Gift to Someone You Don’t Know

On Christmas, even more than other days, we are thankful that we have so much when others have so little. Give a gift so someone you don’t know. Support a foodbank or other charity.

It is sad to think that on Christmas Eve that there are people out there without presents to give to their loved ones.  No way to tell someone how special they are other than with a hug and a kiss or a pat on the shoulder.  Just as sad to realize many do not even have enough food to enjoy Christmas dinner with their family.

Thankfully, there are charities that provide gifts for children when their parents cannot.  It is re-affirming when you see the relief a parent feels when they realize they can give their child a gift, thanks to your kindness. It is one less burden then have to face during a tough time of year.

There are also places that serve Christmas dinner and foodbanks that pass along groceries to the needy.  Tens of millions are taking advantage of their services this year, many for the first time.  But the problem goes beyond Christmas and Thanksgiving.  More than 27 million households in the U.S. “sometimes or often” do not have enough food to feed the family. 

Times like this remind us of two things: How lucky we are that we not only have enough food to feed ourselves today but have supplies put aside for months or even years, and how slippery the slope is.  The line between most of us who have enough and those of us who do not is getting thinner and thinner.

If you can afford to do so, join my wife and I in giving to support your local foodbank.  They will always accept food, but they can do even more good with cash.

If you cannot afford to do so, keep reading.

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