I’m not complaining about winter . . let’s get that straight. For me, winter is a time to sit inside, look out and think how beautiful it is. Spring is good and it’s pretty with the flowers but it’s hard for me to love spring because I know summer is coming next. I like fall but I love winter . . until I have to go out in it.
As I’ve mentioned before, I watch the weather and plan my grocery order pickups around the weather. It was a week ago today that I picked up groceries so I’d probably do it again next Wednesday but I’m betting everyone has stayed in this week and will be shopping next week and the stores may be out of a lot of stuff so I’ll probably wait til Friday to pick up groceries . . a week from this Friday. Groceries are all I have to go out for . . so long as neither critter gets sick and I have to make a trip to the vet.
This past week’s weather has been a bit unusual for this area – not unheard of but not a normal winter. When Vince was here in December, he was going to Home Depot and I asked him if he would get some faucet covers for the faucets and he said we have the freeze proof faucets so we don’t need them. OK. But, he wasn’t thinking of the temps staying in the teens during the day and near zero at night for over a week. They still may be ok but I ordered faucet covers from Amazon and they arrived today.
I was going to take a nap because I was too hot to sleep most of the night light night. I was just about ready to fall asleep, had the bedroom window open and thought I heard the mail lady. I looked out the window and yes .. it was the mail lady so I opened the front door as she was getting out of her vehicle to bring the box up to the house. I told her she could just leave on the ground by the mail box . . I was going to put my boots on and go get it.
I called Vince so he would be on the phone with me if I fell or froze so I grabbed a knife to open the box, put on my big coat, filled a jar with kitty litter on my way out of the garage, sprinkled it ahead of me for the few steps I had to make across the driveway to get to the side of the house where Faucet #1 is located.
I had never put one of those things on. I had tightened them up once they were on so I didn’t even know how to do it. Vince told me the little round thing had to go over the handle. We have round metal handles and they’re kind of big so no amount of pulling and tugging would get that little circle over the handle .. plus it was 15 degrees, the rubber was cold and not very stretchy and I didn’t have on gloves and my hands were starting to seriously ache. Vince told me to go inside, get electric ties, put them through the handle, and then through the circle and that would work.
I went inside, went downstairs to get electric ties, grabbed my gloves, went back out but . . don’t ask me why but I took my coat of before I headed downstairs and didn’t put it back on before going out again so the little sweatshirt jacket I wear in the house wasn’t doing me much good out there.
I got the first faucet covered. There’s a hot and cold faucet next to each other by the garage so I got those done. Good .. mission accomplished.
The gloves had to come off so I could work with those electric ties. Of course, in the process, I turned the first faucet on accidentally. It’s about shoulder level to me because of the basement on that side of the house so water went down the front of my shirt. Ice cold water!
Anyway, I got back to the house and . . where’s my other glove? Back out . . I had dropped it, thankfully not too far into the yard. Grabbed it and went back inside.
About an hour later, a thought raced through my head . . what about the faucet on the back? I had totally forgotten about that. I called Vince.
Me: I didn’t get a cover for the back faucet.
Vince: How many did you get?
Vince: We only have three faucets! One on the street side, one by the garage and one in the back.
Me: NO . . The one by the garage has two – a hot and a cold.
Vince: Oh . . right!
Back out into the cold. I grabbed some batting, shrink wrap, plastic bag and tape. I put batting all around the back faucet, wrapped it in shrink wrap, taped it good, put more batting and then a plastic bag and taped it again. Hopefully it will stay nice and warm . . well, anything above frozen solid will be good. I’ll still leave a couple of faucets dripping Sunday night when it’s going to be near zero. Sometimes the weather says it’s going to be 1 on Sunday night, sometimes it says -2. It was saying -6 so even zero sounds better than -6.
I was happy to get back inside and get myself nice and warm. I told Vince . . let’s not forget next winter that we’re short one faucet cover. He’ll be here by then to deal with these kinds of things . . I hope!