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Nov 28, 2010 -

Thaw!

Canadian humour (with all due credit to the author, whomever s/he may be)

Today’s weather was a real reprieve and we’re currently sitting at plus 2!!! I was able to thaw my water hose and restart my plumbing. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay. I just had such a long shower that I squeak!

It’s going to get cold again tonight, so I’ll have to shut off the water again, but we’re looking at a week of hitting 0 or warmer every day, so I don’t have to worry about my holding tanks.

I was surprised to learn this week that propane at the RV park is MUCH cheaper than town; $20 for 30lbs vs $27! And they are willing to add the cost to my monthly bill, so I can pay everything at once. Daytime propane usage is going down, thankfully, but I maintain the thermostat at 15 at night and it still gets cold enough for several cycles a night. I don’t think it makes any sense to let the temps go lower than that since it’d be more of an effort to get the rig warm in the morning.

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Nov 23, 2010 -

Propane Usage for Fall 2010

I ran out of propane this afternoon, pretty much on schedule. I used up my full tank in exactly 72 hours, which means I’ve been averaging 10lbs of propane per day, or $8.90. At this rate, propane would cost me $267 for a 30 day month. The forecast is worsening and we’re going to be below minus ten for the week. Until that magic number, I have no problem keeping a comfortable ambient temperature. Below that, my heating costs rise exponentially.

I’m seeing a lot of frustrated neighbours who have lost their water. I’m not suffering at all. I set up one of my flexible jugs on the counter, so it’s easy to heat a little water in the kettle for washing up. I’m especially grateful that the tap water here tastes good, so I can use that jug for drinking, too.

Last night, I added the sleeping bag to my bedding and slept well, even with the furnace cycling on and off. It tends to keep me up because I find myself waiting to see if it’ll turn off again. If it doesn’t, then it means I’m out of gas and need to go turn it off myself.

The RV park sells propane, but I haven’t checked the prices or availability. I like going to the Shell station at the north end of town. Prices are competitive, staff is always cheerful, and they are open late. Going there gives me a chance to get out for a bit.

On the way home this afternoon, I stopped at the McDonald’s for a coffee; they’re having their annual free coffee event. I won’t go there just to get a free coffee, but I stop in if I’m driving by. I love their coffee, it’s my second choice after Starbucks, so the free coffee event is a real treat.

I have a cold weather dressing tip for the gals: get a heavy, full, ankle-length skirt. This way, going out involves pulling on the skirt over your longjohns and/or flannel jammies for instant warmth and a touch of glamour that will have others exclaim “OMG, you’re wearing a skirt! Aren’t you frozen?!” to which you will smile coyly, knowing that you’re warmer in your skirt than they ever will be in their slacks. 😀

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Nov 20, 2010 -

Making Myself Comfortable

Brr. Day two of our cold siege. Since I am home 24/7 and needing to concentrate, it does not make sense for me to skimp on heat. I don’t heat like a maniac, having spent so many years in drafty, unheatable, places, but I do feel that wanting to be comfortable while wearing flannel pants, wool socks, and a wool sweater is not unreasonable. I’ll even add a tuque in the evenings without feeling put upon.

I headed out and had the 30lb propane tank filled, leaving me with a quarter of my on board tank as a back up. Propane costs have been creeping up over the course of the last two and a bit years. It’s now $27 to fill a 30lber in Osoyoos compared to $23 back in ’08 and $20 in ’09 in Surrey. It’s still better than $40 in Dawson!

Since I was out, I also got some groceries to tide me over since the roads are getting slick and people out here don’t know how to drive in winter. To be fair, they are better than Vancouverites, but that’s not saying much!

Having given up on finding on outside job this winter, I’ve been crunching numbers to see how much it would cost me to go south for a couple of months vs. hunkering down here and paying for heat. The current conditions are a pain, but do not justify fleeing. If we were to face a long stretch of minus ten or less in daytime temperatures, I’ll reconsider.

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