Bracing For The Cold

 Posted by at 12:20 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 142024

A few days ago the weatherman said that we could expect lows around 16° early this coming week. Now they’ve changed it and said to expect more like 12° and that the wind chill factor could make it feel even colder. I definitely do not approve! Tuesday is our 26th anniversary and we had planned to go out for a nice dinner. Now it looks like we will be postponing that.

We have electric heat in our house, but the cooktop is propane. And if you’ve been reading this blog very long you know about all the hassles we’ve had dealing with propane companies. Nobody would serve us because they said we would not use enough to make it worth their time, so until now we’ve been using small 20-pound propane tanks, which last roughly three months each.

If we ever do get the large 250-gallon tank set up for the generator we want to buy, we will tee a line from it for the cooktop, too. But in the meantime, we needed to replenish our propane supply. When empty we take to a store to exchange, and we have been going to the Lowe’s in Northport to do that. But we had to go to the CVS in Gordo to pick up a prescription yesterday, and since they have a propane exchange there, we did that instead. It was more expensive than using Lowe’s, but that’s a 40-mile round trip, so it’s worth the time and money to pay the extra at CVS. We have three of the 20-pound tanks, which we will also be using for our fire pit and Pit Boss smoker. I told Terry that if we do get the big tank set up for the cooktop, those three smaller tanks will probably last most of our lives.

I had hoped to be able to tell you today that the printed version of my latest John Lee Quarrels mystery, Jackpot, was live on Amazon. But so far it is still in their quality review process. Sometimes I’ve seen this take no more than an hour or so and other times it’s taken up to two days. Hopefully they will have it ready to purchase very soon.

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And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.

Thought For The Day – Make home a happy place for your children. Everybody returns to their happy place.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  2 Responses to “Bracing For The Cold”

  1. If you T off the propane from the generator to the stove top, you can also install a Quick Connection (with valve) for any outdoor cooking you need. The other tanks will serve as a backup when Hell Freezes Over. (I think it’s happening right now.)
    Be Safe and Enjoy staying warm.

    It’s about time.

  2. Tractor Supply is a great place for propane if you have one nearby. They will top off tanks so nothing goes to waste if the tank isn’t completely empty.

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