To celebrate the recovery of my middle finger from frostbite--and as a belated Valentine's Day outing--Terry and I went to Red Lobster for dinner. Lobsterfest is all it's cracked up to be! The mushrooms we had as an appetizer weren't the only thing to be stuffed.
We also went to Barnes & Noble were Terry got a couple of romance novels and I picked up books by Stephen King and Janet Evanovich on the writing craft as well as a novel by Sarah Hoyt (A Few Good Men) and two by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter (The Long Earth and The Long War).
We also stopped at JoAnn's so Terry could get some material for a couple of projects she's working on.
We got another delivery of propane today. Our tank was nearly half full so the volume of the delivery wasn't much above 225 gallons but the price was about $3.65 per, or about ten cents more than the delivery we got last month. That should get us through the winter, however.
I'm not going to complain too much about the price, however. In many places dealers are short of supply and if you're not a regular customer you could get into a bind. We signed on with Williams Oil & Propane when we built the Aerie. They installed our heating system and hot water system and have been out several times to service them. Good, local folks who are knowledgeable, friendly and dependable.
I've been burning lots of wood in the fireplace but only on days when the lows have been near zero and the highs around 20. It's reduced our usage of propane, but not by much. It's also reduced my pile of firewood considerably! I'll need to cut, haul, split and stack quite a bit this summer to prepare for next winter. Knees, travel and well drilling put a dent in the amount of time I could allot to those chores this year.
The forecast is for another 3-6 inches of snow late tonight through Tuesday morning. *sigh* Guess I'll be firing up the tractor again tomorrow afternoon. Where I'm going to dump it is anybody's guess. I would prefer to put it all in Punxsutawney Phil's burrow!
They promise things will be warming up later in the week and we might begin to see some of this white stuff turn to water. It might even reach 40 degrees for a couple of days but there could be some rain showers along with that. Then it will get cold again for a couple of days early next week. Winter just will not go quietly it seems. Don't mind the temperature dropping again so long as the measurable (2+ inches) snow falls stop.