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Old 01-24-2014, 09:56 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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Got out of the house in this weather last night . . . son wanted to take us to his favorite Mexican Restaurant. Wind chill of -19 but we were snug since we were chauffeured!!! Hubby was in a good mood and got through the evening well and enjoyed getting out a bit.

Woke up to -1 F but the sun is out.

The hospital is relaying near epidemic situation with the flu here. And a problem with viral pneumonia, as well. I don't want to go anywhere in public right now and hesitated going out last night as I am convinced restaurant kitchens often end up with sick employees who can't afford not to come to work.

But most folks are not adapted as well as I am to being a hermit so . . . even I venture out on occasion . . . with sanitizer in my purse and scarves around my face, lololol.

 
Old 01-24-2014, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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Good News: When I checked outside Wednesday morning, a secret shoveler not only cleared my sidewalk, but completely cleared my front walk, as well.

Bad News: After hearing this, my daughter pointed out that I am now the "old lady" in my neighborhood.
 
Old 01-24-2014, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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Good News: When I checked outside Wednesday morning, a secret shoveler not only cleared my sidewalk, but completely cleared my front walk, as well.

Bad News: After hearing this, my daughter pointed out that I am now the "old lady" in my neighborhood.
Naw - you are the wise elder and seniority has its privileges. Nice - didn't think people did this anymore.

I was just outside and it is downright balmy ~~ 28F with a high today of 34F. That means some of this white stuff will melt. My furnace hasn't run for a while now - this is a good thing.

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Old 01-24-2014, 11:28 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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I learned (thank you YouTube) a way to make a very cheap little effective space heater.

Survivalists and people living off-grid take note.

I put 4 of those little "tea-light" candles in a metal loaf pan that are used for baking bread. Put a terracotta (clay) flower pot upside down over the loaf pan, but first light four little tea lights. Plug the hole on top of the clay pot (you can use a little aluminum foil, I used an old metal drawer-pull in my hardware box). Voila! It takes a while, but the clay disperses heat very well around a small space.

Suppose your electricity goes out? Good to know an alternative way to heat a small room on a cold winter night.
 
Old 01-25-2014, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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I learned (thank you YouTube) a way to make a very cheap little effective space heater.

Survivalists and people living off-grid take note.

I put 4 of those little "tea-light" candles in a metal loaf pan that are used for baking bread. Put a terracotta (clay) flower pot upside down over the loaf pan, but first light four little tea lights. Plug the hole on top of the clay pot (you can use a little aluminum foil, I used an old metal drawer-pull in my hardware box). Voila! It takes a while, but the clay disperses heat very well around a small space.

Suppose your electricity goes out? Good to know an alternative way to heat a small room on a cold winter night.
Who knew a sophisticated urbanite could be a survivalist, lol.

I need to see a picture of this. Cannot quite grasp it. The flower pot is round, and the loaf pan is rectangular....
 
Old 01-25-2014, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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I haven't yet caught up with this angle of the "ACA." Just posting it FYI, so it doesn't get moved.

Proposed Medicare drug rules to rein in costs threaten industry profits, patient access - Nation - The Boston Globe
 
Old 01-25-2014, 07:31 AM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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light blowing snow, 12F. Was going to try to beat the snow and grab some hay and grain but that's not going to happen. Forgot lotto tix, might be going out anyway

ne_girl too funny about your dog shedding the outfit

Great posts about winter wear all. And no slip falls letting dogs out, let's be careful out there.
 
Old 01-25-2014, 10:00 AM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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Who knew a sophisticated urbanite could be a survivalist, lol.

I need to see a picture of this. Cannot quite grasp it. The flower pot is round, and the loaf pan is rectangular....
How to heat a room with some candles (and why you probably shouldn't) : TreeHugger
 
Old 01-25-2014, 10:38 AM
 
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Originally Posted by Clark Park View Post
I learned (thank you YouTube) a way to make a very cheap little effective space heater.

Survivalists and people living off-grid take note.

I put 4 of those little "tea-light" candles in a metal loaf pan that are used for baking bread. Put a terracotta (clay) flower pot upside down over the loaf pan, but first light four little tea lights. Plug the hole on top of the clay pot (you can use a little aluminum foil, I used an old metal drawer-pull in my hardware box). Voila! It takes a while, but the clay disperses heat very well around a small space.

Suppose your electricity goes out? Good to know an alternative way to heat a small room on a cold winter night.
Researching this turns up many cautions re carbon monoxide since in effect it's a combustion heater.
 
Old 01-25-2014, 01:40 PM
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Location: Cody, WY
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Researching this turns up many cautions re carbon monoxide since in effect it's a combustion heater.
Everybody should have CO detectors. That said, there's apparently not much problem with this since we never hear of CO problems in the news regarding these heaters and similar. There's a positive plethora of designs on youtube. While you're there check rocket stoves and solar ovens.

Kerosene lamps produce heat as well and work well to heat water. It's slow but can produce sufficient quantities of hot water. BTW, you do have some kerosene lamps, don't you? Think about kerosene heaters and a kerosene stove as well for a grid-down emergency. The great thing about kerosene is that it's safe to store in your house very different from gasoline.

This is the stove I have. It works with Coleman fuel and gasoline as well but please limit your indoor use to kerosene.

http://www.amazon.com/Coleman-550B72...kerosene+stove
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