There are days when I wonder if I am qualified to be a homeowner! I thought I'd do some investigating with that window because all the other windows seemed to be OK.
This window was COLD - there was even ice inside the locking mechanism. And YES, Torry -- I get your pain. We have TWO locking mechanisms on that window, and I had to get a chair to reach the second one.
|Snow on the inside of the window|
Let's put this another way -- if I never went for a walk, I'd be stupid! It's only when I'm on my walk that I let my brain free with zero distractions from phones, audiobooks, or music! Have I opened and closed the window to see if it was shut properly? Well, NO -- I had not done that.
Sure enough, when I got home, unlocked the window, and slammed it shut, the draft was immediately gone! Sigh................... It was closed but not super tight. It was like 1/8" out, yet it was locked, or I think it was locked. Thank god I checked that BEFORE I called in a service guy. That would have been super embarrassing.
It was frigid outside yesterday and still is today, but not nearly as bad as some parts of the country earlier this month. Anyway, our house was COLD all day, and I just couldn't get warm. DH mentioned something at dinner, and so I decided to investigate. I mean -- can we not have one drama-free day at our house?
Hmm -- is the furnace even working? I haven't heard it turn on in a while. So I checked the switch for the furnace. YES -- it's still on. Is the thermostat still working? It appeared to have plenty of battery life, but even when I cranked it up to 30 to try and force the furnace to kick it, it didn't want to. Eventually, it did and crawled up a degree or two.
I changed the batteries in the thermostat. I checked the schedule, and in the end, I think the time of day was wrong. Ooops -- how did that happen? Anyway -- it seems to be OK. I think a lot of it was just the extreme cold outside, and it's going to feel cold inside. It's coolish in the house, but I don't think it's going to get better. I know there is a scientific reason for that, but I don't remember.
I told DH that I would start drinking warm brandy in the evenings to stay warm!
The other night, the gas fireplace was on to take some of the chills out of the air. Now I have two dogs, both with thick undercoats. Well, Lexi has a thick undercoat, and Murphy is just menopausal! She hates being too hot. So can you explain this??
|Mom -- I'm HOT!|
|The heater and the aerator in the pond|
|The pond is mainly frozen|