B-fuckin-rrrr!

It’s bloody cold in here! It snowed on Saturday. Snowed! In Seattle! This rarely happens and when it does it usually results in a short term freak out, slush, and then a bit of mud, nostalgia and an increase in sales of tire-chains, rock salt, and charcoal briquettes. I don’t know what the rest of Seattle is doing, but I’m freezing my tiddly little toes off!

You see, the boat, due to long-winded explanations I shan’t go into, has limited heat as well as a tendency to heat loss. So… while it is 32F outside it’s barely 60F inside and this only due to having the electric radiator on full and a pie baking in the oven. I refer to this phenomenon as “heat by pie” and it’s been a feature for several years when I’ve had to turn in printed revisions during the Winter, turning off the heat to use the electricity to power the printer. As soon as the oven is off, the temperature will drop steadily inside until it’s about 40F overnight. Needless to say, we have a shit-ton of blankets on the bunk and the ferret is sleeping with extra fleecies and spending a lot of his time on the settee where the heat is closer. (On the other hand, we’re not too worried about refrigeration of his special ferret chow since the interior is not much warmer than a fridge anyhow, so leaving it out overnight in the cage is unlikely to breed any interesting bacilli.)

This would not be much of a situation worth whining about except

it’s supposed to last all week.

and i’m in the middle of a revision that’s due (electronically this time, thank the gods) by January 15.

It’s really hard to type when your fingers are blue! Holy fuck-alluia, it’s cold!

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About Kat Richardson

Writer, editor, eccentric pain in the tail, bestselling author of the Greywalker novels.
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10 Responses to B-fuckin-rrrr!

  1. Jenna says:

    So let’s see. What you need in this situation is a snuggle blanket and those gloves you can flip the finger tips off of. Or knit cloves with little traction things on the finger tips. Yes? And a trip to Joe’s or REI for those little hand warmers. You’ll need a supply so you can use a several in a row and still be warm while resetting them. Yep, I’ve got it all worked out for you. Nothing to get in the way of progress on Vanished.

    I hope this next week teats you well.

  2. *giggle* I need a cabana boy! (with his own cabana)

  3. -V- says:

    Ooooo, what’s the cabana boy’s name?

    It got cold here in Boulder area, too, yesterday. Yes, it’s winter in Colorado and it’s supposed to get cold….but not 20 below zero! It was make you cry cold! I was used to it in Anchorage, but that’s Anchorage. You know it’s going to get that cold there!
    Thankfully it warmed to +8 degrees this morning and it’s practically balmy right now at 22 degrees. Break out the sandals!

  4. Jenna says:

    Cabana boy. Check. Just remember it’s cold on that there boat of yours so he’s going to have to cover up. But if I find out he’s hampering progress… ;o)

    Suck it up V! *snicker*

  5. I’m sucking, already!

  6. Sassee says:

    Yikes!!! I’m another Coloradan freezing my tooshy off, but I got nothin’ on you. Can you get a second space heater or something?

    (btw, you’re totally destroying the image of a successful writer šŸ˜‰ )

  7. Jenna says:

    Oh no Kat. The “suck it up” was for -V-, not you. I know she isn’t facing the trials and tribulations of the chilly houseboat.

    Sassee, Kat now has the cabana boy. Doesn’t that fit the image of a successful writer?

  8. At the moment, I’ve got a blanket on my lap under the keyboard, and am wearing a long-sleeved shirt, a heavy cotton pullover and a fleece jacket with jeans, mid-weight socks, and boots. It’s OK.

    The downside to boats is that they have a limited amount of electricity the panel can pull in and ours is not distributed through the breakers very well–all the main cabin outlets are served by a single 18amp breaker. That’s about what it takes to run a blow dryer. So… when we have a lot of electric things on at once, we have to be very careful about what their amperage draw is or we’ll trip the breaker.

    Such is the success of writing: you make the money of a bottom level secretary and live on a leaky boat. But at least you don’t work for anyone else.

    The cabana boy is named Raoul. He’s very small. At the moment, I’m trying to teach him to peel me a grape, but the grapes got left outside and they’re frozen. Raoul is not happy….

  9. Lisa says:

    Mmmmm. Frozen grapes are very good – in the summer. They are like mini fruit popsicles. Freezing seems to bring out the sugars and it takes a lot to make them freeze rock hard. Teel Raul to heat up the cabana and you will be set!

  10. -V- says:

    Your boat sounds like a house we had once. It was my dad’s first try at wiring a house and you had to be careful what was running before you turned anything else on. Washer and dryer could be on, but nothing else. Then you had to watch the vacuum cleaner if the toaster was on….Tripped circuits everywhere. Felt sort of like Green Acres….

    Raoul sounds sweet, he’s at least giving it a go on the grape peeling.

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