Saturday, December 20, 2008

"Saturday, In the park, I think it was the fourth of July"

Or, Saturday in Seattle with 19*

We woke up cold this morning. The temp dropped down below 15* over night and exceeded the heat pumps limit. Luckily we've had the new furnace on the back of Jay's truck all week so it's ready to go. We never got it installed since everyone was busy. The weather guys are predicting a record storm coming in so we only have until about sundown to get this baby in. Jay got the old unit cut loose and we both got the new one in place. One natural gas to propane conversion and about 100 other connections and we should be golden. warm. heated.

Weather here is hard to predict so we cut our weather folks a bit of slack. We live weather wise in what's called the Puget Sound convergence zone.



You can see the weather comes in off the Pacific and splits going around the Olympics and converge right over us. If that weren't enough we have the Cascade Mtn's to the east which acts as a wall for the clouds to 'stack up' on dumping the precipitation on Western Wash. That's why the state is basically a rain forest on one side of the mountains and near-desert on the other. Normally this would mean wet and soggy but with the cold air (Thanks Canada) today it means snow. Downtown Seattle, for what ever reason is always the last to get snow. The prediction is 3 - 8" tonight. When 'they' said trace to 3" earlier this week we got 8" up here on the hill. Nothing to do but wait and see. If it happens it will be like a 20 year record.

We did make it out for a while yesterday. We headed out to the mall thinking we'd be one of the few foolish enough to try. Um, yeah wrong on that one. It was crowded. But we had a great lunch and got some presents. I was able to find Jay some toys. Can't say what as he does poke around here on occasion. I always try and find him some big boy toys because part of Christmas for me is getting back to being a kid and all kids should get toys for Christmas.

Well, Wonderboy has the heat pump back online and the furnace unit in place ready to be hooked up. Finally the house is warming up. I'd better go help.

18 comments:

happyone said...

Oh that does sound cold. Glad to hear your new furnace is in and you all will be toasty warm again. We have had nothing but rain and clouds here. Sure would be nice to see the sun again. :-)

fiwa said...

I'm glad you got it installed before this next storm hits. We are all prepared in case the power goes out - and smarter after last time.

I think everyone has cabin fever - I know I do. I think I'm going to try to talk Clarke into one more outting today before it hits.

Stay warm and give Bear and Mz Lilly kisses from Auntie Fiwa.

love you!

CRUSTYBEEF said...

HI BBB! :)

I love your tree and pics of your house!

Miss you.

me

mama llama said...

I am so glad to hear you keeping warm. Brrr... definitely not as cold as you are there, and I am NOT complaining.

Stay warm and healthy, Brad. Be well.

Ace C said...

I always like weather training when I read blogs. I'm giving you the finger like I gave Mo. Damn you cookie monsters.

Hope4Grace said...

Okay, I finally got off my butt and added your new website to my reader. But man....no heat? It's freaking cold up there, and I did learn something new with your chart, cute!!!

Kelly Jene said...

Stay warm friend! Here it was -2 when Roggie got up at 5:30 this morn. Yikes. Now we're having the snow/frozen rain.

Thinking of my frozen NW friends!

Leann said...

It's nice to hear you're toasty warm again. Being cold sucks.

We're getting rain here, lots of it. We'll see what the night brings. Daughter sent me some pics of her place in Hillsboro and they have 7 inches of snow, beautiful snow, snowman making, snowball fighting snow~~ Waahhh, I want snow!!!!!!

Summer said...

I keep hearing about your storms. I hope you and Jay stay warm and happy over the next few days.

Scarlet said...

Brrr...but I'd still rather have snow than a lime-green Christmas anyday! Lucky you!!

I'm with you on TOYS for Christmas. If I get an iron this year, I'll whack my husband over the head with it...as much as I NEED an iron, I don't need to see it wrapped and under the tree with my name on it!

Merry Christmas, Brad, and I hope you get all the toys you want for Christmas this year...and then some!!

Gin said...

I'm glad your snug as a bug in a rug but don't look for a whole lot of sympathy here...LMAO!!!...the wind chill is -33 degrees right now, and it's 2pm and sunny out there!!!

Stay warm buddy!

Grit said...

not only a tasteful tree but a working heating system!

Golden To Silver Val said...

Hope you're nice and toasty now and that you won't have to go outside in the bitterness. I had no idea you suffered as much as we do here. Its 6 outside right now and the windchill is 20 below. The wind is causing blizzard conditions so you can't see to drive. Good day to be inside for sure. xxoo

Real Live Lesbian said...

I totally agree on the toys for Christmas! I don't care how old you are....it's always fun to get a new one!

meno said...

When you said toys, i thought you meant....Oh never mind.

Stay safe and warm in this stuff. I hear we're in for more of it.

Dear Liza said...

Love you too Brad. Thanks so much for your words. Hugs. And have a wonderful Christmas. :)

zirelda said...

I've heard about your snow. Do you guys have a sled? Oh heck, cardboard will do. :) :) :)

Live.Love.Eat said...

I think we'd all like a little bit of everyone else's weather. It was nice and chilly this morning but now it's actually very warm. We'll be having Christmas dinner on the patio since it'll be 78!