why people move south

We’re expecting a huge blizzard tonight and into Sunday.  Weathermen have been using the phrase “cyclone snow bomb” or some such thing.

They are also predicting up to 34″ of snow.

I know my Idaho and Montana readers are saying, “Ho hum” and wondering what the big deal is.

I know.

But this is a rough winter for us and there is only so much more I can take before throwing my hands up in the air and a “For Sale” sign in the yard.

Just kidding.   Sort of.

After 25 days a repairman came to fix our propane fireplace last week.  It seemed to be fine at first, but the next morning I turned up the thermostat and a huge BANG scared the life out of me.  From what I have googled, this is called “delayed ignition” and there is no quick fix on our part, such as adjusting the pilot, and requires a technician.

Uh, we just had a technician last Thursday.  Banjo Man called the fireplace repair place and they are going to call us back.

We optimistically thought at first that the noise would stop.  But from what I’ve read it’s dangerous and could break the fireplace, especially the glass.

The problem?  We are most likely going to lose power during this storm.  A foot or two or three of snow plus 60 mph winds.  That’s a recipe for disaster.  So with no electric heat and no propane fireplace, our living area is going to be cold.

So we’ll move back to the basement to stay warm, except for trips upstairs to heat water and soup on the gas stove.  Thank goodness we have it!!!

We’ll be fine huddled around the propane stove, at least for a day or two.  We’ll be fine.  And who knows?  Maybe the power will stay on and we’ll roll merrily along as the snow piles up outside.

Today I am making banana bread.  And potato-corn-shrimp chowder in the crock pot.

It’s good to keep busy, otherwise I’d burst into tears every five minutes.  My coping skills are nonexistent this winter, I admit it.

On the upside:  I passed my annual cancer tests this week and am good for another year.


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4 Responses to why people move south

  1. Ruth says:

    Congratulations on your positive test results!!!! All the rest is “small stuff”. If you get too cold come here – our private 5th wheel home on wheels has heat!!!

  2. Marjorie Fridrich says:

    First- – – a BIG congratulations for passing a huge milestone!!!! Second – – – what a bummer with the heat and the snow. So so glad you have a retreat downstairs. Cold here. Warmer for a few days then snow. Nancy revealed to Phyllis a story about Katelyn’s experience with the tooth fairy. I thought I would share again, a funny one with Sili. The tooth fairy was forgetful the first night. So Sili, about 5 -6 yrs old, (who evidently had recently spent time with Grandpa and Grandma) wrote the following message and left it beside her tooth: “Dear Mom, if you see the tooth fairy, tell her to get a move on”!

    I’m going to try to forward this to Glen. If that doesn’t work, please share.

    Seem like it’s always too late to call. ❤️❤️❤️❤️M

    Sent from my iPhone


  3. Connie says:

    Good news on your checkup! Sorry about your fireplace and the storm. We had sunshine today but our yard is covered with hard frozen snow. Like concrete. We are supposed to get some fresh stuff on Sunday. I don’t want more snow but it will actually be nice to get the dirty stuff covered up a bit. Also icy. I hope they’re off on their forecast for you cuz there’s football to watch.

  4. Marjorie Fridrich says:

    Just reading you blog. BIG congratulations for passing a milestone. So so happy to hear that. What a terrible situation with your heat and the snow.

    Sent from my iPhone


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