Those who know us well, know that we are not winter people. All winter long we whine and complain about how much we dislike the snow, ice, and freezing cold temperatures and then vow that each winter will be our last. Then we plan some way to get to a sunny spot to shorten the amount of time we have to suffer through the cold and darkness. So it would seem sort of backwards for our first stop to be a place known for skiing, snowboarding, and all those other “fun” winter sports wouldn’t it?
Well, before we picked this spot we did our research as we do. We checked the average temperatures for November and December, which according to Weather.com is in the 4o’s and 50’s. One day last summer, Jason spent a decent amount of time putting together a spreadsheet of Iowa weather in comparison to Loveland, CO for me and it was significantly warmer each month (he was trying to help me make an informed decision since he knew how this cold weather makes me crazy) This area is also supposed to have 350 days of sun each year too which is just what I need to maintain my sanity. Who would have guessed that the time we decided to come spend some time here, they would see the coldest temperatures they’ve seen since the 1800’s?? This seems to be a growing trend with us. When we were in Florida on our bike trip, the locals told us they haven’t seen that much rain in years and years, and now here we are sitting in our camper with cold weather that hasn’t been here since wooly mammoths walked the earth!
We knew that November and December were going to be tricky and there would be some cold nights but -11 windchill was nowhere close to the temps we thought we would be dealing with. We learned that we can put heat on the waterlines all day long but at these temps, all we’re doing is using up propane faster than we care to and our waterlines? Well, they’re still popsicles! We had a small tiny bit of thawing yesterday and got about 6 drops of water out of our faucets and got all excited, but after the temperature dropped again today we lost that tiny bit of progress from yesterday. We woke up this morning trying to figure out why our noses and ears were on the verge of frostbite until we realized we ran out of propane. Again. But this time it was in the middle of the night. So when we took the truck in to get the brakes looked at, we ended up needing to make another stop at JAX to get our propane tanks filled. Sounds like the infra red heaters that my old friend Katy suggested might be on the shopping list soon. At this rate, we’ll be paying over $300 a month in propane. We’re not having trouble keeping warm in the RV really, well once we put on our 2 pairs of socks, long johns, pants, 3 shirts, sweatshirts, scarf and hat. Its fun to get all bundled up and watch movies isn’t it?
One thing I can say is that its given me a little time to work with my fiber. With all the planning and getting ready the last couple months I had to put it on the back burner so it was nice to spend some time prepping some fiber and getting a little spinning done. Here’s a little of what I worked on over the last couple days. If the temperature stays like it is, I should be out of raw fiber in no time.
Luckily it’s supposed to be a balmy 40-ish during parts of next week so we’re hoping we can get a little thawed out. We’ve gotten used to working with no water in the kitchen but it sure would be nice to get cleaned up without trudging through the snow and getting in the car to get to the shower. Needless to say the last few days have been a little frustrating. When we were planning all of this, everything just fell into place. We felt like we were doing what we were supposed to be doing. Lately we wonder if these are all signs that we’re not quite where we are supposed to be at all. We’ve definitely had a weird stroke of bad luck. The good thing is even though we’re stuck in this tiny little space all day long like a couple of sardines (hoping we don’t freak out like that dude in The Shining who wasn’t very far from us) we still really like each other . All I can say is that I sort of wish we were whining about the rain in Florida again. I know things don’t always go as planned, but man, we could really use a few of those average 40-50 degree Colorado days about now.