The cold has returned, but not with the same deep freezer temperatures we had earlier in winter. It is more around -7C Â (around 20F). Â But along with the wind, it has once again become hard to keep the house warm. Â We had a couple “mild” days with only -1 or so, and little wind. Â It was quite easy to keep the whole house warm then. Â Now, not so much.
Oh, and the water in the bathroom faucet is gone again. Â I would have thought that using it a couple times a day would be enough, but evidently not. Â It was fine when I came home from work, now it is dry again. Â And will remain so until the temperature again returns to around the melting point. Â Let us hope that is not too long. Â At least I managed to set the kitchen faucet dripping before it could freeze up too. I can always wash my hands there. Â There is no dripping option for the shower, it is very much on/off, so I guess that one is a goner too.
Luckily spring usually starts sometime in March here, not necessarily to the point where the snow disappears, but it would be a rare year that the temperature is not above zero for a couple days at least in March. Â Then again this has been a rare winter so far, both here in Norway and elsewhere.
This morning I shoveled a path through the snow drifts, just in time to get to the bus. Â When I returned from work, the path was gone. Â “I knew the path was narrow, but it is gone now” as depressed Christians say. Â Yes, there seems to be depressed Christians. Â I won’t make any guesses as to why. I am sure others have strong opinions on that, especially those who have either never been depressed or never been Christian. Â Anyway, it takes a bit more than a snow gale to depress me these days. Â I had to wade through snow to my knees, if not more, but I did remove the drift that was building in front of the main door. Â There are actually 3 outer doors in the house, so it should be a rare wind that managed to pack drifts around them all. Â Tomorrow, Light willing, I will shovel a new path through the trackless snow. Â Think of it as negative calories!
But before that, sleep. Although I may need to put on some more clothes first… ^_^
EDIT to add:
Oh, something good happened today that I should share! Â I have a label on my mailbox that says “No unaddressed mail”, because I don’t want to risk losing letters in between the dozens of fliers, advert-paid newspapers etc. Â But today I got an unaddressed sheet. Â I did not mind at all though, because it was from the Agricultural Office of the region and was marked “Distributed unadressed to farmers and small farm holders in the region.” Â It is the first time in many years that I have been mistaken for a farmer, and I really enjoyed it. Â I admit it certainly looks that way, seen from the main road. ^_^