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As we're sitting here in cold, wet, East Texas, hoping all the frozen stuff stays away, several locals have asked if were warm enough. Which brings a chuckle from me.

The heat pump- 15k- is our above freezing heat source, supplemented by the fireplace. If we're busy working the gate (gate guarding) we'll turn on a Broan heater and aim it across the door just help heat loss to a minimum.

Today though the TV has been on most of the day with ball games, we needed ice, so the Icemaker has been running, Alie did a great meal this afternoon, which all seems to contribute to warming this place up..... to about 80* before I realized it!

So the Broan heater was turned off so it wouldn't cycle, the fireplace thermostat dropped another 1/4 turn, and the fantastic fan turned on (vent was open already), and the combination of the TV and ice maker is keeping us at a comfy 71*.

Good thing we don't have a bunch of extra lights on, Might have to turn on the AC!

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We are also doing the same as Alie & Jim but in South (Cotulla) Texas. Our temps has stayed in the low 40's with mist. When the wind comes up it feels really cold. We have run the propane heater once this last week.

 

Right now mud is our biggest enemy. 4 different type outside mats for mud and 2 towels inside. Still it's tracked inside. Now we know what a pig feels like wallering in a mud hole.

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We are also in what passes for nasty winter weather here in east TX and are happy that it has not frozen here, at least not yet! We don't have the all season RV any longer and so are very happy to be snug in our barndominium! With shore-power and a 200 gallon propane tank we should be in good shape!

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We are stuck in Fort Stockton, Tx for the last few days. Freezing rain and ice everywhere. Hiways are solid ice and yet there is still traffic. Staying put here in an RV park with electric heaters going. We are trying to get to AZ but the weather forecast changes daily and so far the window for leaving here looks like tomorrow.

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If it doesn't soon warm up here in AZ, I'm going to look for my spanish book. It was 26 this morning "BURR"

BobQ

 

 

But it will be in the 70s in just a few days. This blasts of invigorating weather help to keep us on our toes during the winter - too much sun/warmth isn't good for the body. :lol:

 

Barb

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But it will be in the 70s in just a few days. This blasts of invigorating weather help to keep us on our toes during the winter - too much sun/warmth isn't good for the body. :lol:

 

Barb

I totally disagree with this theory! :ph34r:

Too much of this rat-nasty cold wet misty rainy frozen mess makes one feel every bit as old as they can be, and I'm not anywhere near as old as some on here! :P

 

But hopefully the sun will return is a day or so and chase away the cold-induced arthritis.

Until then, it's better living thru chemistry! :D:D

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We are stuck in Fort Stockton, Tx for the last few days. Freezing rain and ice everywhere.

A very wise decision! From time to time I see threads about tire-chains and RVs and it always leaves me wondering what is so important? I traveled enough bad roads for work in my 18 years of WY travels that I just don't see anything important enough to get me out there now that I'm retired and never did use the RV in that kind of weather. Just isn't worth the risk. :huh:

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Thanks Kirk. Yes I am sitting here right by the entrance to the RV park and its surpising to see so many RVs coming and going. I guess some have to get back home for school and work but is it really worth the risk? Its 31 degrees and raining steady ....water and ice on everything.

 

Thankfully they have good cable tv here. The internet is very spotty which sucks. Plus we have lots of good books, cards, games, food. We can just wait it out. And we can work on our weight loss program..?

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We had planned to leave the Dallas area today for Arizona, but found ourselves in the same situation. We're sitting tight until at least tomorrow. No reason to drive in rain and/or snow when you don't have to.

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Sorry to hear that guys.....

 

We are in Mayo, FL (up north) and at 0945 it is 60*. Cold for here,but tolerable. :)

well your going to be 45 + 58 about one week away looking at the 10 day forcast with a low of 29 ug

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All this talk about cold weather makes me feel bad that I had to turn the AC on today.

It really should! A real guilt trip is in order! :(

 

Actually, as I sit here in east TX I must say that I don't feel that badly about our weather. We have been getting some much needed rain and we have had no freezing weather here at all. Roads are a bit "rain slick" and so there are people having accidents but mostly from making foolish choices. Up to now our home-base has had only two nights that fell below freezing and most of our weather has been at or above the typical temperatures and the TV weather just stated that this area will see no snow for at least the next 7 days.

 

After spending winters in many different areas I have come to realize that cold weather is when temp gets lower than you are used to and hot is higher than you are used to. We think we will freeze here in TX if temperatures in winter get down to what we considered to be a balmy winter day in WY, MN, or CT. On the other hand, our kids in western WA consider it terribly hot at 85° while we consider that to be a pretty nice summer day. Of course, nothing makes the roads good when they are covered in ice, or visibility is gone from blowing snow. I really think that the southern states have some of the most treacherous of roads when icy as it usually is just around freezing and is ice with a layer of water on top. Not a smart time to be on the highways! :wacko:

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Got up to 46 today, here in the central Willamette Valley, in Oregon. Been down in the high teen's lower 20's over night the last few days. It's supposed to warm up and rain this weekend.

 

People still come to the mill for a tour, even though it's colder inside, than out.

 

Don

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