Winter marches on.... today was extremely windy and cold, with blowing snow in parts of the area. Most of the schools in Western NY were closed, and many businesses. Not mine, of course, so I had to go to work. The winds were gusting up to 60mph and there are still many people without power due to downed power lines, blown transformers, and the like. It's supposed to get quite cold tonight and with the wind chill will feel like 10 or 20 below, and the Red Cross has opened a few shelters for people without power.
There were two appointments scheduled for today for people to look at the house, but I'm pretty sure the last appointment didn't show up, or they would have still been here when I got home from work. I wouldn't be surprised if the first appointment cancelled as well, due to the weather. I hope they will reschedule.
I was able to spend Christmas week in NH with Ken, which was very nice. This was our first Christmas all by ourselves, so that was nice in itself. We received some very nice gifts from our parents and one aunt, and Ken's brother and his wife, and enjoyed opening them. We added to our extensive collection of tape measures with two from Aunt Betty - sort of his 'n her's. But no matter how many tape measures you own (we must have 10 or so now of varying sizes and colors), you can never seem to find one when you need it. Ken's brother Steve and his wife Neva gave us a charming and whimsical print of a painting featuring sheep. We love it!
Here's a picture I took during Christmas week of the house. The "in-law apartment" is to the left, and the main house to the right:
Just last weekend I went up to NH again. The current project is installing a new kerosene heater in the main house. There's one in the apartment and it heats the entire space upstairs and down with no problem. The boiler in the main house is pretty old, and pretty inefficient, and we're not really fans of forced hot water heat, so we finally decided to get rid of the boiler system entirely and go with another stove. They are made by a Japanese company called Toyotomi, and the model we bought will heat 900-1100 sq ft (the main house is between 1000-1100 sq ft). However, this will function eventually as a back-up system to the main heating source which will be a woodstove. So Saturday we spent running the copper tubing from the tank down in the basement up to the room where the stove will be and then installing the vent and the stove itself. Ken had already prepared the room by removing the old grungy carpet and the even grungier carpet padding which was adhered to the grungy 9 inch floor tiles underneath (did I mention how grungy the situation was?):
Here's the cleaned up subfloor:
And this is me (picture taken by a sneaky husband) vacuuming up the bits of blown-in insulation that had fallen out of the wall when we installed the vent:
Here is the stove completely installed:
The unit on the wall above the stove is the fuel lifter. It's a pump that will pull the K-1 out of the tank in the basement so it can gravity feed down to the stove. These stoves are 93% efficient and K-1 is cleaner than #2 heating oil. They direct vent through the wall so once this is up and running and we shut off the boiler, our chimney will be freed up for the exclusive use of the eventual woodstove.