Well it went and did it, it snowed on me last night and just to make sure I noticed it continued to snow all day today. On first glance it seems like a bad thing, after all what could be good about below freezing temperatures, several inches of snow, and 25 mile an hour winds. But after thinking about it a while I found a little bit of good in this whole miserable freezing cold snowstorm.
I think the benefit that I got out of this is it reinforced my decision to move out of the Colorado mountains and try to stay away from places that are like this for several months of the year. I can take a little bit of it, but not much.
Since I've been living in fairly warm and pretty comfortable places for the last year and a half I think I had forgotten what it was like to wake up cold and pretty much stay that way for the entire day. It had also slipped my mind about what it was like to run a heater all day instead of just half an hour in the morning. I had also gotten used to not having to put on a coat and thermal underwear just to get something out of the truck. and speaking of trucks it's nice to be reminded every once in a while how great it is not having to scrape a half inch of ice off the truck windshield every morning.
It also showed me how amazing my solar panels are. The sky was completely clouded over, as you can see from the pictures. It snowed for the entire day and yet my solar panels put out 40 Amps today. Now that didn't totally charge me up mostly because I've been running the furnace off and on to put some heat into the basement so my pipes don't freeze, but I was amazed that I got any charging at all. Every flat surface that I can see is covered with snow, so I assumed my solar panels were covered with snow and yet somehow they were still charging my batteries. I don't know how, and I guess I'll never find out because I'm not about to climb up on the roof with the wind blowing as hard as it is.
These and many more things have reminded me what it was like living with ice, snow and freezing temperatures for long periods of time and has reinforced my decision that I could never live like that again.
the frozen boondork