The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #165433   Message #4082690
Posted By: Dorothy Parshall
09-Dec-20 - 10:29 PM
Thread Name: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020

Surge protectors is what I am using but could not remember what to call them. Very useful. We have several.

And, Charmion, I am aware of the dangers of diddly squat ext cords which is why I added that I am using heavy duty ones - big fat orange or yellow ones bought to do big outdoor jobs. So, the larger heater is on one that is plugged into the hall of the addition; 50 feet long!

The entire second floor and the outlet in the LR are, we discovered on one circuit. R turned it back on when he got home about midnight. In the meantime, I had warmed up the BR and used another heavy cord for the little heater and TV in that room. Now they are back in the outlets in the room and only the heater in the BR is on the ext. My reaction is "We need to work on the electric!" But R thinks it is just the way old houses are and we will live with it. How I wish for my brother, the electrician!

Of course, the heating system is another ball of wax. He probably does not have the knowledge to fix it and Dan (office manager) might but is sick - really sick. Cause unknown but not Covid. So, I am to live with: the cellar is heated so the pipes won't freeze, the BR is OK, the TV room can get warmish - until the outdoors gets colder! And the heat from the hall of the addition, adjacent to den, with an open doorway, is helping the little Jotul keep the Den warm. Oh, and the cube heater in the bathroom keeps that warm - since the wall heater there does not work.

And I am beginning to fear we are back to square one - in a lovely house that is not going to be repaired in my lifetime. I would love to go to Beaver and just stay there until things are sorted but fear for the plants. What are they worth??? I am about to check out the cost of a new furnace; maybe I can afford it.

The cake was decent. R likes it but I would like a little more flavour and put a bit of maple syrup on it. A big pot of yummy stew will keep us going for a few days. It snowed about 4 inches today but tomorrow I shall need to replenish the larder. The roads will be clear and the temp about 1C, better than the minus 6C today; I did not bring in much wood. But enough! And I keep feeding the fire. and looking at pottery youtubes, and FB.