Tuesday, December 25, 2012

All I want for Christmas is running water

The weather has been beautiful for the last week. We’ve had quite a bit of sunshine- a nice bonus around the solstice. Unfortunately, clear skies usually equates to very cold temperatures. Temperatures haven’t really broken 20 degrees in the last week, and it’s making winter living a bit difficult out at my aunt and uncle’s place. 

Pipes: frozen. 

I’ve been house-sitting on the other end of town, and I had planned on moving myself and the critters out to their house for the weekend/Christmas so I could spend more time with my cousins who are home from college. Auntie texted me on Friday to advise not to move out there until the situation was fixed. They had some heat tape wrapped around the pipes which requires electricity, but for some reason, the outlet it was plugged into lost power causing the pipes to freeze. Not only were they without water on Friday, it also caused them to lose heat because the water pressure had dropped too low for the furnace to operate correctly. When it rains, it pours… or should I say, when it snows, it blizzards. I guess it's part of living in Alaska in the wintertime. 

Boxes of dishes to send down the street to wash
So we're making due. We're washing a lot of dishes by hand, we've got four 5-gallon water jugs that we can refill down the street, and we're making it work in other ways. With a little luck, it will warm up some in a few days. 

Best Christmas Gift EVER

Is someone sending me a message?

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