It's been pretty darn cold here in Southern NH. Our outdoor thermometer saves lowest temp and sometime last night, that was -13°F. It was very windy too. It's around 10°F now and is supposed to be in the forties by mid afternoon tomorrow. Our furnace has been running almost constantly for about 24 hours. But we are warm and cosy. No power outages. I did grocery shopping on Thursday, while it was still above 30. I made pizza last night and we welcomed the heat from the 550°F oven. Today's cooking was comfort food: chocolate pudding and a Greek bean soup.
Patti, glad you are safe. It sure reminds me of my living in Wisconsin. I remember putting a jug of wine in the garage and DH assured me it couldn't possibly freeze, what with being in a garage and it being alcohol. Imagine his horror when he had to clean up the shattered glass. Thankfully, it was jug wine, used for cooking stuff and not "the good stuff." We are blooming out here and sneezing. "They" promised colder than usual Feb. temps but 52 is just WRONG!
Thoreau said, 'A man is rich in proportion to the things he can leave alone.'
CatBatty, We don't get that deep cold very often, and thankfully it doesn't last long. The wind that accompanied the cold brought down a lot of branches, but nothing cannot wait til the snow melts to be removed. The trees on our property are far enough away from the house that we don't have to worry about anything falling on the house. We'll have lots of wood for the firepit in the Spring.
We have had such a wacky winter. 40 degrees one day 20 degrees the next day. I would rather it be consistent. When it warms up, things start melting, then they freeze when it gets cold, and that is dangerous.
We really only have one issue with extremely cold weather. Our house has two heating zones: upstairs and downstairs. We have forced hot water heating powered by a heating oil furnace. When the temps dip into the single digits, we have to make sure that we keep the upstairs thermostat set higher than the downstairs one. If the upstairs zone doesn't call for heat in truly cold weather, there are some spots in the heating system where the water in the heating pipes will freeze. We found this out the hard way about 20 years ago, but fortunately we were just cold, no pipes broke. Our normal lows in winter are in the teens so it isn't usually a problem.
Living where winter can be cold and snowy is much easier now that we are both retired and don't have to worry about commuting to work. We have a standby generator that runs the whole house so power outages aren't usually a problem. About 12 years ago we had a horrific ice storm in December and were without power for 10 days. We got the generator the following spring. It is worth its weight in gold.
It's sunny and 45 today. The sunshine is very welcome here.