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OK, I’ll Admit It’s A Little Chilly

So my plans to work outside today and make progress on the new addition are on hold. It’s -47 outside right now so I’m going to try and get caught up on the mountain of things stacked on my desk.

As we started the addition this summer I had to remove one of our heaters. The addition has not progressed to the stage where I can install it in its new location. So as a result we have one undersized heater for the house, trying its best to keep it 120 degrees warmer than the outside. I must say I’m impressed, it’s holding its own if only with the thinest of margins. It does concern me though that we have no back-up or second heat source other than electric heaters. Heat in an Alaskan winter is not a luxury it is a critical life support system! In aviation we have a phrase that applies here too. “One is none and two is one.” One heater is none if there is a failure, two heaters gives a little safety net. Right now our safety net is electric heat but in a power outage we would be sunk until I could get our generator warmed up enough to run. Call me paranoid or weird; but with all my training as a Pilot, EMT and Firefighter I think about this stuff a lot especially with a wife and three little girls to protect and keep warm.

With the colder weather Lyndy is having to make adjustments to her routine to feed us. Propane won’t boil below -43 so the cook stove is hard to use right now. Time to use the Crockpot! Now I have to concentrate on paper work while the house smells like a gourmet restaurant with the moose stew simmering away downstairs.

Change of plan…

This Sunday night we started a new series at Church.  Demolishing Strongholds from Answers In Genesis.  It’s a great study on how the creation / evolution debate is not about different facts but different presuppositions.  We are all looking at the same evidence in the present.  Evolution tries to figure out the past from the present and Creation understands the present by what the Bible tells us about the past.  Huge difference!

Half way through the lesson this week I had to leave because of a major explosion at a gas station 100 miles south of us.  They needed another ambulance and medics. Here is a story from the Fairbanks Newsminer.  The situation was compounded by the nasty roads.  It had been raining through out the day and the roads were like a hockey rink!  Rain this time of year is never good!