Weekly Progress Report: The Cold Weather Edition

We made it through last’s nights insanely cold weather.

It isn’t over yet, though. I woke up to temperatures of around 14F (-10C) and windchills of 4F (-20C) and it isn’t going to get above freezing all day today.

We finished our preparations for the cold just in time to make a meeting yesterday around lunch. When we got ready to get in the car, the winds had shifted from their normal southerly direction to due west, which meant that whatever was coming wasn’t far away.

Two hours later, when we got back home, it was here and the temperature had dropped over 20 degrees (Fahrenheit) in that short amount of time. It kept dropping from there, and the wind just kept getting bigger and faster and louder.

Our magic bus rocked every time a stronger gust blew through. I could hear the slideout living room creaking as it rocked against its frame. The only reason I didn’t get worried about the bus tipping over is that we had pretty much blocked all of the wind from getting under the bus by using some of our freegan foam blocks as skirting.

For some sort of perspective, those blocks of foam are 8′ long and 3′ high, and they’re 2′ thick. So they’re blocking the wind pretty damned well.

As you can see in the pictures, the front end of the RV is sitting pretty high in the air so that we’re level inside. This would have been worrisome without these giant foam blocks to block the wind. We’re already almost 12′ tall from the bottom of the tires to the top of the air conditioners, so we are top heavy as hell.

Now, I’m going to go find ways to stay warm. Like making Christmas Crack.

Also, I’m going to try and finish up my last few crochet gifts I still have to make. Because we are only a few days from having to deliver them.

final note: I’m pretty sure Sunshine has some plans that involve Netflix, the couch, cocoa/hot tea, and popcorn. Hopefully, I’ll be able to join him for a bit.


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