I noticed a significant uptick in hits to the website today, which is probably due to the record-setting low temperatures being experienced by folks in southern Arizona, New Mexico, and other spots in the southwest– combined, I read, with natural gas delivery snafus caused, ironically, by the cold. As cold as 5 or 10ºF feels here in Maine, it must feel a hell of a lot colder when your house isn’t insulated, and you aren’t remotely used to it. And, of course, the risk of plumbing burstage is a lot higher when freezing temps weren’t heavily considered when the houses were built.
Hang in there my southwestern friends (and family!) I wish I could FedEx you all a nice care-package of seasoned red-oak firewood. If you’ve just landed here from some Google search like “Why the #&*@# is it so cold in my house?”, I hope reading our past entries will give you a little amusement, and maybe support. We’re going down to about 4ºF tonight– but we’ve had a long time prepare for it, and we’re not faced with having our fuel source cut off. Stay warm.