Our first significant snowfall and cold snap arrived this week. As it happens, they coincided with a hiccup in our heating system.
When we woke up on Tuesday morning, the temperature inside was down to 13 degrees (55 fahrenheit). Outside it was -5. Brrr.
Definitely a day for breakfast in bed under the covers.
Fortunately, a service tech from our geothermal company (Waterloo Energy Products) arrived by 8am and by 8:30 the heat pump was chugging again.
It turned out we needed a new capacitor (the cylinder in the centre of the photo below), which is apparently a fairly inexpensive part (we haven’t received the invoice yet).
We’ve had our geothermal system for more than five years, and we’ve been really happy with our choice to go geo. While at first we knew next to nothing about geothermal, now we’re huge endorsers of this system.
While he was here the tech checked the rest of our setup and everything seemed to be in good shape. Which is good as the cold snap is continuing. Yesterday was -18 but felt like -27. Yipes.
Baxter has yet to take his turn at serving breakfast in bed.
Thursday night the flurries started, and Friday morning we woke up to our first dusting of snow this season.
The puppy was entirely over-excited until his feet got too cold (temperatures also fell incredibly far overnight) and then he was excited run back to the warm house.
After all of the cold and snow, I was very happy to also have our first fire of the season this weekend. (Yes, that means our chimney is clean. One more task crossed off our fall to-do list. How to post to come).
I’m writing this in front of our second fire of the season, enjoying a quiet, cozy wind down to our weekend.
I hope that you all had a good weekend as well. What was the highlight for you? Any weather changes where you are?
Two grey days, exactly three weeks apart.
I swear as of this week I’m seeing the fields turn green. I can handle grey skies when I feel spring is coming.
This bird’s eye view is courtesy of a deer stand at the edge of the back field.
A great way to see the farm. But too tall for puppy.
As excited as I am for the green, last night we had a few snow flurries. C’mon spring!
What’s the weather like where you are? Are you seeing signs of spring?