After all of my complaining (He didn't see the previous post yet, heh heh) Bruce came in and said he was going to attach the Extend-a-Stay fixture to the RV's propane tank. Then we'd go over to Stephanie's to shower and get their small grill tank to bring back with us. Fantastic! Now we won't have to drive out to get a propane refill in this sub-freezing weather. Bruce worked outdoors in the freezing weather for quite a while getting as many things thawed out as he could. What a trooper!
So, after his work was done we drove to the kids house. After the showers we got Darin's BBQ grill tank, which was almost full of propane, and brought it back and connected it. Good to go. We'll still go out in a few days with the MH and get our tank filled, but now there is no more urgency.
Our water pump is still frozen and already tonight (6:00) the exterior faucet is trying to freeze. It never got above the freezing mark today even though we had brilliant sunshine. So this evening we just cut to the chase....closed the valve and brought the water hose inside and put it the bottom of the shower for the night. We filled 3 large jugs with water to use for flushing the toilet until tomorrow morning.
At the moment we are sitting with our lap robes and the space heater is keeping us warm along with the lovely heat from the gas furnace. We won't have to ration our propane use so much tonight....it is supposed to get down to 8 degrees F.
For tonight we got some heavy beach towels and covered the water pump. Our gas furnace will help to heat the outdoor cabinets, but again, at 8 degrees it isn't perfect. The severe weather will last about 3 days more and then it will begin to get above freezing.
This is always an adventure. In January of 1994 we had driven to Washington D.C. and stayed for a week. We really used up the propane that week! In spite of the winter cold, we were able to enjoy free range at all of the museums and things in D.C. There were hardly any people there at all. Of course not.....IT WAS WINTER....and all the smart people stayed home or were living it up in Florida. I don't know how Bruce talked me into going to D.C. in the winter, but I told him I'd never do it again. I think maybe I should "never say never" because you can't tell what we'll do next.
We'll see how tonight goes, but I don't think it will be much better than last night.
Until next time.....so long for now!
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