Friday, 15 March 2013

Did I say spring was coming...? I was wrong!

Nope. I obviously got faked out by mother nature!
It's been snowing on and off and dropped from the lovely 40's back into the low 20's (and lower teens at night). Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! Coldness!

We're still getting lots of birds visiting us though:
Red Bellied Woodpecker & Black Eyed Juncos

Things here are ok otherwise--Mark is getting all excited and geared up for his trip back to the UK. And Me, I'm trying to hope I'll be able to handle any issues that might arise here at Quirky House.
Wish me and the cats luck, ok?

Monday, 11 March 2013

Maybe spring is coming!

Ok so we're being treated to uncommonly warm weather this week! 40+ degrees and it feels fantastic!

I've seen some new critters outside as well:  Chipmunks & first thing this morning a red winged black bird! I wasn't fast enough to grab my camera---but If you've never seen a red winged blackbird here's a pic from wikipedia:

Friday, 8 March 2013

If you'd asked me.....

You know, if you had asked me if it was possible to survive a NY winter without heat for half of it I'd have said "NO WAY!"....but I have to say that we've managed to do just that.
Despite keeping the heat on only when the pipes were at immediate risk of freezing, and when it was uber cold out (8 degrees Fahrenheit) we managed to keep it going from late october to beginning of feb. Then the oil hit empty and we couldn't really afford to pay another 600+ for another half a tank. Which has been a bummer. It's cold outside, sure--but it's cold inside as well.

I love Quirky Old House. I do.
But QOH has very little insulation so when the wind blows---you still feel it even inside. :S We're working on getting that taken care of by next winter. We also are discussing the possibility of getting a small woodstove. The house is small enough that it could heat the whole thing.... Anyway, we're making it through the winter. We use a small electric space heater in my workroom/office & the cats generally stay in there with me. Mark has a small heater, and his ever present hairdryer, and we have bunches of blankets. So yes, you can make it through at least a month and a half )or more but its not comfortable. But we're surviving so far--which is awesome :D
If the bluebirds can do it we can too!

 I can say that I will be super pleased when spring has sprung! I am ready for it to get a little warmer (it's supposed to be in the 40's this weekend and I am UBER excited about that! Yay Roll on Spring!)