The Temperaturepocalypse Is Coming

They’re predicting really cold temperatures for tomorrow (by the time I post this, it’ll be “today,” since it’s 11:26 pm right now.

I’m stocking up on stuff that will be useful if the temperaturepocalypse brings along with it the collapse of the power grid. I bought an indoor-safe propane heater but so far I only have picked up two canisters of propane. So, I picked up some tealights so that we can try making one of those radiant heaters out of tea lights and clay plant pots.

I figure if nothing else, we can use the propane heater in my dad’s living room and take turns using the clay pot heater to take the chill off our bathrooms or something like that.

The only pots I could find are pretty large, so I don’t know how well they’ll work. They were also pretty gross, so I’m bleaching them in the sink.

Crap! I literally just remembered my phone batteries. I’ll be right back after I plug one of them in to charge it up

Okay.

I’m using a pretty strong bleach solution on those pots, so they may well be clean enough to eat off of by the time I finish with them.

On the third hand, I have a pretty small pot that I’m using to try to root a piece of my plumeria plant. Maybe I should use that and my smaller big pot for the heater.

Nah. Let’s stick with Plan A for now.

I also picked up some foot warmers to put in my shoes to keep my feet warm. I get a mild case of Raynaud’s phenomenon when I get cold, so even though I love going for a walk on a chilly day, I have to be kind of careful.

Raynaud’s is when the tips of your fingers and toes turn white from cold. I figure mine isn’t so bad, since it can turn your fingers and toes blue, and my fingers and toes have never turned blue.

I’m pretty sure it’s primary Raynaud’s, since secondary Raynaud’s usually comes with autoimmune problems, and I’ve never been diagnosed with lupus or anything.

So, if I go for a walk tomorrow, I can put those in my shoes and hopefully stave off my Raynaud’s. And I do hope to go for a walk tomorrow. The biggest issue is that the ground will probably be icy tomorrow, so I won’t really want to drive anywhere. Fortunately, I’ve got a park within walking distance of my house and can get from there to the Salado Creek Greenway without having to walk along the street. However, I would have to walk along the street to get to the park.

So. It’s now nearly 1 am on Thursday, February 3, and it’s thundering outside. Since I’m trying to post a blog every day this month, I won’t be actually posting this until 12:30 am on February 4. By then, we’ll know what, if anything, comes of temperaturepocalypse.

I may write another post in the morning, or maybe I’ll queue up my second COVID post for the 5th. At any rate, I’ll see y’all later and, oh, blast. I need a Gratuitous Amazon Link don’t I? Where was I? In the middle of 2020, I think.

Welp, I’m going to go back to late 2019. I don’t remember doing The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix, so there you go. The Strangers is the first book in the Greystone Secrets series. Chess, Emma, and Finn discover one day that three kids with their same first and middle names and their same birthdates have been kidnapped. Soon afterwards, their mom has to go on a business trip and leaves them with a stranger. This begins the Greystone kids on a science fiction adventure that I’ve really loved so far. I haven’t read the third book, but I did just finish The Deceivers, the second book, and it looks like this is going to go some fascinating places.

Now, to schedule this before a power line goes down and we end up in darkness. See you tomorrow, probably.

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