Inside it’s so delightful. Those new windows make a BIG difference. It has been below freezing for a couple of days now. Sunny, but ohhh, so cold. For Seattle. Neither Friday, I nor Epona likes this kind of weather. I haven’t been out except for Friday to do the necessaries since Monday. Monday we tried to go to the library, but after waiting for the bus for 15 minutes, the lift didn’t work on it, and we just went back home. So I have a couple of overdue books. The temperature is all the way up to 36° F now, so I might try it again. It’s supposed to snow this afternoon, but right now we are getting sunbreaks.
Apparently this arctic weather is supposed to persist for several days more. Or weeks. The weather forecasters on TV are saying that we haven’t had a persistent cold spell like this for about 18 years. And I have vivid memories of that one.
The ex and I were pretty new to Washington, I think it was our second winter here. We lived up north near the border with Canada then, in Whatcom county. We lived in Ferndale, in a basement the size of a bowling alley, with only a woodstove for heat. A small, tiny, inadequate, ancient, uncertified, and BTW illegal woodstove. Oh, the house did have electric heat, but the landlord didn’t want us to turn it on. And that would have been OK, if we had a nice woodstove like he had upstairs, that you could bank a fire in, and it would keep the place warm while you were gone. Nope, since our stove leaked air like a seive the fire went out.
At this particular time it snowed about 18″, then it got a little warmer and rained, then immediately got colder again and froze. The upshot was that we had deeply rutted icy roads. All over the county. I had a four-wheel drive car, which my ex immediately approriated. So he had to take me to work. His car was a 1979 Cougar, one of the longest, lightest cars ever made by Detroit, and totally worthless on ice and snow. I couldn’t see over the nose of that car without sitting on a phone book. Which would then have made it so that my legs were too short. So it just looked like there wasn’t a driver when I drove that car. Which was mighty seldom.
This deeply rutted roads and cold weather went on for a week or 10 days. And it sucked, big time. Every day, I had to go into work with the ex, and then take a taxi home 20 miles. Fortunately, work was paying for the taxis.
This house sucked, too, because every time the wind blew, we would lose power. The houses across the street would have power, but on our side, the power was inevitably out. We wouldn’t lose heat if the woodstove was going, but we would lose power to the waterbed, making for some chilly nights. We took to sleeping in sleeping bags on those nights. I was very glad when we moved to town the next winter. Which was even worse in that the fool landlord had the roof redone, taking out the dutch gutters, and leaving us with no gutters. In the middle of a building boom where you needed to make arragements for those things six months ahead of time. All the water off the roof went straight down, and seeped into the basement, where it warped the floor in the kitchen, and kept a couple places in the rug eternally wet. I was glad to get out of there.
So I think since the temperature is above freezing, I may attemp the library again. Since it’s not snowing yet. I got the weather chaps, but unfortunately they seem to be the Heidi Klum model, way to long for my legs, and not wide enough for my lap. They will have to go back, but now I know how and what they’re made of, so I may be able to build my own. Later, when I can get to Ballard without freezing.