Picture a big, fat, pouty face. Add blue eyes and glasses. Sprinkle on some freckles, as though someone is sprinkling paprika on deviled-eggs. There! You are getting a pretty good visual of the writer of this blog.
You see, not only is it dangerously, bitter cold again, but Illinois is suffering from a propane shortage:
Propane distributors have been hit hard by a double-punch of unfavorable weather. In the fall, farmers used more propane than normal to dry their crops after a particularly wet harvest. The recent cold snap also has taxed distributors.
Truckers hauling propane either have to wait hours in long lines to fill up their tankers or they have to drive to other states in order to acquire a load. Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Well, guess what this farm-girl is relying upon for her heat!? We have an electric air-source heat pump, but it can not provide our heat when it gets this cold. It kicks over to auxiliary heat (propane) during cold spells. In this case … the cold spell has been about, oh, all winter!
I remembered to check the propane tank’s gauge this morning during chores to see how we were doing. 10% in the tank! Good frozen icicles! I got on the horn and called our supplier. They will bring out a delivery of 100 gallons. I do not know how long that will carry us.
So, I’m in conservation-mode. I turned the thermostat to a balmy 65 degrees. Luckily, our water heater is electric, so I don’t have to ration showers. My oven is electric, but the stove-top is propane. Therefore, I am making supper in the slow-cooker. 15-bean soup…with pig-farmer in the house. Good heavens, what am I thinking!? I truly meant to make it on a day he was working outside! Desperate times call for desperate measures.
I briefly considered warming up by getting on the treadmill … but then I thought I wouldn’t want any perspiration to freeze on my forehead. So instead, I made brownies. Remember? Electric oven. Besides, that warms the kitchen, too! Multi-tasking.
Thankfully, we do not have any pigs in the farrowing house, which we heat with propane. If Bernice is indeed pregnant, she will be due in April.
Yesterday’s sunrise was gorgeous. However, I am reasonably sure that Hawaii has gorgeous sunrises, too. I am ready to personally investigate that to be sure…