This AM, the temp was -8. This is quite remarkable, we get to -3 sometime,s but seldom colder than that.
We have only a trace of snow on the ground.
This AM is my congregation's turn to man the Bishops Storehouse. I'd rather be asleep, but I'm going to get cleaned up and go out into the bitter cold. See if the truck will start,a nd then drive slowly to the Storehouse. See if I can get enough heat in the truck to defrost the window, good luck......
I'm hoping I've got enough antifreeze in the radiator that it isn't frozen solid by now. I had a can of pop freeze and rupture a night or two ago in my truck. Didn't do much damage, just leaked and froze in my cooler. I've had cans of pop explode and spray. Glad this one didn't do that.
I feel quite blessed. I had two service calls yesterday, and have a little more work for today. Changing locks on a house yesterday. We didn't hvae enough time to do them all, and one lock remaining to change today.
I'm a bit worried here, though. It has been far too mild, and I'm expecting the rebound, when the weather gets even with us. Of course, the minus 8 is doing it. One of the temple presidency is from SLC, and he says that SLC does below zero now and again, but the low humidity there doesn't feel as cold. So, we really get hurt badly with this bitter cold.
The Bishops Storehouse went well. As always, we had a great crew, and did a lot of good. I did a bunch of stacking totes, and putting on stickers. Not prestige job, but it needed done.
Got home, and went to the lady's h ouse, and changed the one last lock. The heater blower on the van didn't work, and I came home bitter cold. I stopped to gas up the van,a nd the van wouldn't restart. I sprayed some ether, and changed the ballast resistor. Another driver stopped to give me a jump, and that helped a lot. He works for another heating company, and we knew some folks in common.
The lady I changed her locks (while it was -3 F and the heat in my van doesn't work) called back. She sdays she's going to have to stop payment on the check unless I call her right back cause a couple of the locks don't work quite right.
I did call her back, and she says I "oughta fixed it while I was there", not mentioning htat she was rushing me for for speed cause she had to be out the door to pick up her daughter. I quite seriously thought they were OK, except the one where the keys stuck a bit putting the keys in and out.
Ah, well. Must be something good about to happen tomorrow, usually when I get dumped on Saturday cause something good doing on Sunday.
We settled on tomorrow about 4, and I'm going back to see if I can find out what went wrong. I'm not going to take the van that doesn't start right, and has no fan! Going to load some tools into the other car, and take that.
The cold hasn't bothered me all that much,e ven the -8 we had th is AM. But on the way out of the leadership meet, I was shiverring right to the core. Glad to get home. I did stop and gas up the truck, though. I hate that cold shivers. Makes me wonder what's going wrong. Well, I was out in the cold a lot today, and didn't have any formal dinner. Had a microwave single serving pizza before I went. Bet t hat's what went wrong. If I'd had a burger or somethign more to eat before the meet, I likely woulda been OK.
You likely learned in school that a "calorie" is the ammount of heat needed to raise one gram of water one degree. So, when you're cold.... it's cause your body is losing calories (heat). If you're cold.... eat. And eat high calorie stuff.
And that's the news from the frozen tundra here.
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