We’ve been experiencing a very, very cold spell on the east coast. Our water pipes under the kitchen sink froze
three four times and with the aid of a regular hairdryer, we didn’t have to call a plumber for burst pipes. This issue was caused by a poor plumbing plan when our house was built. We know exactly where the pipes freeze and have tried to insulate that area but when the temperature gets below 15ºF and the wind blows, there is not much we can do other than be diligent…periodically run the water at that tap and keep the doors open under the sink so some warm air gets in.
We bought a new faucet when we remodeled our kitchen and it automatically shuts off after running for four minutes. So we can’t just let the water drip all night.
If that fails, we get out the hairdryer and blast the frozen pipes with hot air. That usually only takes a few minutes but it’s still not fun standing on a ladder, reaching into the wall cavity through the floor joists while finagling a flashlight and the hairdryer in the COLD basement wearing heavy gloves.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get to the keeping warm part.
I am a tea/hot chocolate drinker. My mornings usually consist of a cuppa tea in my new mug while leisurely reading email, blogs or doing a crossword puzzle. The only trouble with that is that the tea gets cold.
Yeah, I could get up and microwave it but I don’t want to. Then I remembered I bought a teapot warmer several years ago. I’ve used it in the past but out of sight, out of mind.
It’s a bit large for the mug but works just fine. And with the little tea light, there is no need to drape an electric cord over the table.
I drink hot tea and hot chocolate. Not coffee. Unless it’s mostly milk and sweetened.
Last October my favorite mug broke when I was drying it. The handle just came right off in my hand.
So I started using another mug that I got from iPad aunt. It became my favorite. For less than a week.
It slipped out of my hand and shattered into a big mess.
I really wanted to find a super cool mug of my very own. Something knitting related. I searched and searched and searched until I found one.
And Mr Aitch got it for me for Christmas.
It’s my new favorite mug.
Our daughter and family from Colorado spent last weekend with us so we had our Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday.
The grandkids helped decorate the table with these cute cut-outs from Growing Play.
We are so blessed with the abundance of food, family and love.
Missing from the table are the green bean casserole, stuffing, pumpkin and pecan pies.
I hope your Thanksgiving Day is full of blessings and love.
Mr. Aitch and I were out of town for several days.
Without internet service.
I’m not complaining as it’s nice to unplug.
My brother’s birthday is October 26 and mine is the 27th so our family decided to get together at his Lake Chautauqua (New York) cottage to celebrate. He lives in New Hampshire and my sister lives in Ohio so it’s a great meeting place, both geographically and scenically.
We ate prime rib, baked potatoes and roasted asparagus. And dessert was vanilla cheesecake with a chocolate ganache topping.
Here we are getting ready to blow out the Happy Birthday candles my sister provided.
It was a wonderful celebration…
…but it’s nice to be home again.
And in case you are wondering, the nursery rhyme is:
- To market, to market, to buy a fat pig,
Home again, home again, jiggety-jig.
- To market, to market, to buy a fat hog,
Home again, home again, jiggety-jog.
- To market, to market, to buy a plum bun,
Home again, home again, market is done.