Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

WHOA, watch out for Wednesday night/Thursday morning!

Posted Sunday, January 4, 2015, at 12:44 PM
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  • By the way, the roof shingles were laid down to keep the area from getting too muddy when we are feeding and watering them. This is the feeding station for our semi-feral cat colony.

    Their covered area for food is next to it, and there is more room for dishes under the dog house. The white wire you see is actually used to secure the top on another garbage can that holds their dry food. You can see the black base in the top right of the one picture.

    OK, I guess that about covers it. STAY WARM!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jan 4, 2015, at 12:50 PM
  • Cut the lid of the garbage can to fit, and a little access door, big enough for the cats, secure the lid with the locking handles and a bungie cord and that will give even more protection and warmth.

    Have a great day!!

    -- Posted by wcartwright0451 on Mon, Jan 5, 2015, at 12:48 AM
  • Good idea!

    In this particular case I do not have the lid. That is why the can was retired but I think the idea of using one would be great!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jan 5, 2015, at 7:07 AM
  • It went to 19 degrees here last night, The water was fine.

    We keep a refill jug right next to the light in front. (not pictured because it would have blocked the view of inside) It had enough heat from the light bulb to stay unfrozen as well.

    I doubt that will happen in single digit temps, but.....

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jan 5, 2015, at 8:06 AM
  • Bring those raccoons in, It's to cold for them critters out there brr!....Toasty racoons are happy raccoons yah know! It's going down to "Yikes it's cold" status.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Wed, Jan 7, 2015, at 1:50 PM
  • During a short period when we did not have dogs those raccoons did in fact come in! At least in the greenhouse, which doubles as our front door entrance.

    They would come in to eat the cat's food and when we locked it up in a closet, they learned how to bounce the door to wiggle the hook out of the latch, then open the container the food was stored in.

    If I went out when they were in there, they would just back up a little to see if I was seriously going to chase them away. I did and they left but I am glad they did not push the point.

    I was dragging trees in until after dark last night. Think I have enough wood to see me through this snap but problems will mount fast if we lose power.

    I close off our fireplace chimney to avoid heat loss so if I have to resort to the fireplace, I will have to go up on the roof in single digit weather. Not looking forward to that.

    Also, if the power is out, we do not have enough water pressure to run the water so things will daisy chain from there. Have I mentioned that I am sick of cold weather?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jan 7, 2015, at 4:19 PM
  • I am sick of the people I know in Florida telling me what wonderful weather they are having............

    When it is cold like this I think of the sweaty heat and mosquito filled days of last summer and tie my cozy bathrobe a little tighter......

    Think I will make some soup today........

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Thu, Jan 8, 2015, at 5:43 AM
  • I got soup made, I'm actually going to eat something different today I'm souped out so to speak but it was sure warming and tasty on a cold day.

    I got lucky I think, this house is seriously drafty. All I have done to be comfy was cut the thermostat up 1 degree and it has been warm. I dare not open the door to go out, perfect day to sit right here and chill.

    I have been craving chili, but a trip to Krogers at these temps would be brutal!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Thu, Jan 8, 2015, at 10:12 AM
  • Coincidentally, I was checking the weather in Northern FLA this morning just to see what they had. They were all in the teens. Your friends must be MUCH lower FLA 'cause I bet 14 degrees had the Pensacola folks shivering.

    If my eyes were right at 6:30 this morning and if my outside thermometer was right, we hit 0. That might be our lowest since we have been on the hill.

    Both cat water dishes had ice but not completely so everyone could have water, IF they wanted to move from their "warm spot". Lil' sister was definitely using the outside trash can water spot for her warm spot. I had throw a blanket of it though to keep the water open.

    A few were inside the doghouse/cathouse so I guess they appreciated the extra light bulb for warmth.

    Inside we survived without frozen pipes. I was a bit concerned because our heater was not keeping the water pump shed above freezing. It got down to 26 but the water coming out of the tap was about 42 degrees so as long as the electric stayed on, we would be good.


    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jan 8, 2015, at 10:30 AM
  • By the way Palindrome, I am not sure I want to handle the hot, humid weather in Florida either.

    chefgrape, I was out at about 10:00 PM when the temps were about 9 or 8 degrees. I did not exert much before the chest started tightening and my body said NOPE, go back inside. I listened, it could wait.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jan 8, 2015, at 10:34 AM
  • Vegetable Beef soup was a great breakfast with some freshly baked country bread. Luckily I had enough variety in the fridge without having to Kroger ..........

    Got up in the middle of the night worried about the cold water tap I had shut off because of a drip........Turned the water back on and everything is fine. The drip is now serving a purpose......

    My space heater was just delivered.......Oh well....Just a day late !

    My central heat is having trouble getting up to temperature (58) today. It has been running for hours..........

    Spending some time in the laundry room garden. Planting hot pepper seeds........Have learned that February seeding is not early enough for a mid-summer crop. Forcing some Amaryllis and Paperwhite bulbs. A few of the African Violets that are blooming remind me of the reason we put so much care into houseplants........Winter Sanity... Took a few photos.....

    Ah.....The sun streaming in the window....Feels so good.

    Yes, Steve, Miami and the southern islands are where some of my friends live.........Guess the one in Orlando got hit.......Too bad !

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Thu, Jan 8, 2015, at 12:42 PM
  • No....Orlando didn't even get to freezing....It is 58 there now......

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Thu, Jan 8, 2015, at 12:57 PM
  • Aah, 58 degrees. Sounds wonderful!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jan 9, 2015, at 12:04 PM
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