I’m sure you have heard that “Baby, it’s cold outside” has become a household sentence, thanks to the brutal Polar Vortex sweeping over the top half of America right now. I’m no exception. The last few days have seen my outside temperatures dip below zero. Like 5F degrees below zero. Right now, my legs are huddled up to the space heater, otherwise it would be impossible for me to sit at my desk and type this post! My house is expertly insulated BUT it can’t stand up to the howling, bitter winds blowing outside my window. Right now, living in this house feels like living inside an ice cube. The center is warm but I am surrounded by freezing cold.
Rather than lament, DH and I decided to just make the best of it. Right after it snowed, DH did all the snow plowing himself. He didn’t want to call in the guy who usually does it because he didn’t want to shell out the hundred of dollars the guy demands. Since this is our first winter up north in so many years, so far we’ve been hit with a $956 propane heating bill, an additional $372 electric bill and a $600 food bill! We don’t need any more expenses.
So, what have we been doing to whittle away our time as we await the Polar Vortex to pass through our area? #1 we’ve been reading. #2 we’ve been binge watching Netflix. For some strange reason DH and I are in to British crime/police series shows and have been watching excellent, edge-of-your-seat murder mysteries. I highly recommend Bodyguard, River, Happy Valley, Luther, Paranoid…..just to name a few. The Brits specialize in well written and well acted murder mysteries, for sure. Just be aware that British actors must be difficult to come by because the same stars appear over and over again in all the different series. We did watch the 5th season of Grace & Frankie but it sucked. If I laughed just once, I laughed too much. Yes, it was that ridiculous.
The other thing we have been doing is cooking. Obviously. Tonight is pizza night but here are some photos of what’s been brewing this past week:
Lastly, I’m furious that DH wasn’t able to get my RV inside the barn. I paid $50,000 cash for that barn, out of my own money and DH has taken it over. It’s filled to the gills with all his masculine crap, including a 2000 Cherokee Jeep that needs a new engine which DH will never be able to do! I’ve threatened to contact Kars For Kids and donate the Cherokee just to have them come and haul it out of here so there’d be room for my RV. Instead, DH sold it BUT they haven’t come to pick it up yet. So, here’s my poor little RV shivering and freezing outside in the cold:
No worries. This is how I am getting even with my DH! I’ve been busy all morning booking vacations and RV trips. I scored a big one for next January! A full month on the beach, Atlantic Ocean side of Florida at a state park! My main goal is to score big on Key West but that’s been tough to do. So far. Those sites sell out quick but I think I’m getting the hang of it. My goal of being a beach bum next winter is well on it’s way. DH and I had to take this winter off in order to catch up and regroup.
I’m making up for lost time!
And if you think I haven’t been moving my body but just sitting around, watching TV and eating lovely dinners, think again! I’ve been walking my butt off (at least 1 mile a day) with this great walk-in-place workout video on YouTube. Try it. I dare you to last the whole 15 minutes!