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Old 11-21-2008, 07:13 PM
 
Location: Charlotte. Or Detroit.
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Cold weather tips? I have two:
  1. Winterize your lawn sprinkler system.
  2. If you think there is the slightest chance that it might snow, run out to the grocery store with everybody else and buy up all the milk and bread.
I admit I don't fully understand the second one, but since it's clearly a tradition down here I thought I'd remind everyone. Enjoy your milk sandwiches!
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Old 11-21-2008, 08:04 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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Cold weather tips? I have two:
  1. Winterize your lawn sprinkler system.
  2. If you think there is the slightest chance that it might snow, run out to the grocery store with everybody else and buy up all the milk and bread.
I admit I don't fully understand the second one, but since it's clearly a tradition down here I thought I'd remind everyone. Enjoy your milk sandwiches!
Add Pop Tarts. You gotta get the Pop Tarts as well as the milk and bread.
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Old 11-21-2008, 08:17 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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Add Pop Tarts. You gotta get the Pop Tarts as well as the milk and bread.
In Philly & South Jersey it's bread, milk, & eggs (I guess for french toast), but if a nor'easter is in the forcast, it's just plain strip the shelves.
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Old 11-21-2008, 08:33 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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In Philly & South Jersey it's bread, milk, & eggs (I guess for french toast), but if a nor'easter is in the forcast, it's just plain strip the shelves.
LOL!! You will be surprised how they get stripped here if there is a hint of a storm . . . everyone grabs the milk for cereal and for the kids to drink. . . the bread for tuna fish or PBJ sandwiches . . . and truly, I have been told that Pop Tarts are swept up immediately - I guess the kids like them, too, LOL.

I have a feeling this winter, CLT is gonna see more than our typical share of Nor'easters moving thru . . . feels like a long cold winter heading our way, IMHO!!!!
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Old 11-21-2008, 08:41 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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LOL!! You will be surprised how they get stripped here if there is a hint of a storm . . . everyone grabs the milk for cereal and for the kids to drink. . . the bread for tuna fish or PBJ sandwiches . . . and truly, I have been told that Pop Tarts are swept up immediately - I guess the kids like them, too, LOL.

I have a feeling this winter, CLT is gonna see more than our typical share of Nor'easters moving thru . . . feels like a long cold winter heading our way, IMHO!!!!
LOL, well, Ani, I'm pretrained. I know the drill.

This cold is the earliest that I can remember since I was a kid in Michigan. I'm used to a week of this sometime in December, not November. I'm afraid that you're right about possible nor'easters.
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Old 11-21-2008, 08:52 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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Another tip - if you have a fireplace - GET YOUR FIREWOOD!!!!!
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Old 11-22-2008, 12:01 PM
 
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Ladies - A nice pair of tights, worn under pants, is a great extra layer without the bulk of long underwear.

(Men do it too, in the construction field, I have heard! )
I worked construction in uptown Charlotte back in 1974 (NCNB Building) and I can assure you no tights for me. Things sure have changed lol.
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Old 12-27-2008, 02:02 PM
 
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Default Winterizing Sprinkler Systems

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Cold weather tips? I have two:
  1. Winterize your lawn sprinkler system....
All joking aside, I've been told conflicting things about winterizing sprinkler systems here in Charlotte. Is it really necessary? Has anyone personally experienced any problems NOT winterizing sprinkler systems?

Sidenote -- a bit off topic: I've seen the plastic signs all over the road advertising winterizing service for $65. I HATE these types of signs. I refer to them as "Road Spam"... sort of a HUGE pet peeve of mine. I try to boycott any business that uses this type of litter, I mean advertising. Any legit companies out there that you can recommend?
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Old 12-28-2008, 04:36 PM
 
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I know this is an older thread but your colder weather is still to come I think
Mulled wine
1 bottle of "soft" red wine
1/2 pint water
1 cup of sugar (not that artificial stuff!)
1 apple
1 orange
3 cloves
1 cinamon stick

Mix water and sugar in a pan an bring to the boil until sugar melts
Reduce the heat to low and add the wine,cinamon stick and cloves.
Slice the orange and apple including the skin (quite narrow slices)
Simmer slowly (don't boils as all the alcohol will evaporate)with the lid on for about 30 minutes.
If you want you can add Brandy to taste (hicc)
Allow to cool to a warm drinking temperature,or reheat when needed.

Not sure if you can buy mulled wine sachets which have all the spices in already -like tea bags,maybe in world market?

Someone told us that if you have a well and you are leaving your house for a while in the winter leave a faucette running very slowly to stop the well pump freezing, although not sure how likely this is in NC?
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Old 12-28-2008, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Someone told us that if you have a well and you are leaving your house for a while in the winter leave a faucette running very slowly to stop the well pump freezing, although not sure how likely this is in NC?[/quote]

Don't have a well and never have had one, but, this makes sense to me. The pipes in my house froze once (it was 9 degrees overnight) when my heat was on 70 degrees! So, if that can happen, I could surely see how a well could.
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