Today there’s ice on the inside of all the windows.
Internet says Minus6 outside
Window thermometer says minus6
Carbon mononxide monitor over by window says 1
Thermometer in iddle of house says 2
Kitchen thermometer says 10 after burning the stove for an hour.
Aieeeee. I prefer this to wetcold, I really do but it’s also tough. The water tanks have been frozen for a week now, I’ve been using the big blue container for rainwater, when that runs out i’ll have to smash a hole in the sloot I guess. Then that water is only good for flushing the toilet, not for washing dishes.
Wood stocks are getting low, I need to calculate how much more I need but I’ll def. need to buy in some extra.
Motivation is hard, but there’s still wood to harvest from the work.
The weather looks like it will stay subzero for another week!
I would say i am fairly happy with the work that was done… it was necessary to clear next to the sloot, now next to the greenhouse is very bald though. I was also hoping they would take down the pine trees, now if anything they left some of them more dangerous. But now it’s on them!
A tour of the terrain:
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As you might have noticed if you peruse this blog occasionally, I tend to update in dated bursts. This is because electricity and internet are both finite resources at my place. Recently I haven’t been updating at all, because there hasn’t been any sun basically therefore no electricity. Also, I managed to break my main computer by leaning in it (RiP Fergus) plus I had the winter blues. It’s been quite shitty here with low temperatures, various conflicts, a general lack of motivation. So the last update right now was September, when i was talkign about 30 degree temperatures, ha!
This new year i’m trying hard to fight the malaise and so far it’s going a bit better. Crucially I am getting up in the morning again despite the bitter cold and that definitely improves my mood, instead of waking up late, badly rested and feeling like the day is already gone. In a similar pattern to last year I now have more energy for my place again, since I know the courtcase will go until at least july/august. No thanks to the lawyer who is supposed to be on my side, but after two hours of google translating a 20 page legal document I worked that out for myslef.
Getting the sloot work out of the way is good, I was worried about that. It also now gives me something to do in that I ave to process the mess they left behind. And harvest wood for burning!
Lastly, overall I would say I’m enjoying the harsh temperatures. I get to wrap up warm and wear the ski trousers, everything looks beautiful and min5 is better than plus3, it’s fresh cold not dampcold.