Anyone who knows me very well knows that I hate cold weather. Also, extremely hot weather but I can take the heat over the cold. The start of 2009 has really been up and down here in the Oklahoma City area. It has ranged from the 80's down to the teens here in January, often in the same week. It started getting cold again this past weekend and now is really cold with ice on the ground, mixed in with a little snow. This picture shows what we have today. Although that looks like snow it is actually sleet and it is still coming down.
We are having to keep the house warm using the central heat system instead of the wood burning fireplace/stove. After the chimney fire we learned that we have several cracks in the flue tiles and cannot use it until a new liner is installed. We had a guy out last Friday to measure for the liner but have not heard back from him on doing the work. Doubt he wants to be climbing on the roof in this kind of weather. In the meantime I can almost feel the monthly gas bill increasing as the furnace seems to never shut off.
On cheerier note: Joanne and I have pretty much recovered from pneumonia as has her mother. Also, after the latest PET Scan we have learned that Joanne's mother is now cancer free. Not only is that good news for the mother-in-law but also for us in that we can start making plans to get back out on the road in the RV. That means I've got to get this fractured elbow healed enough to be able to hookup and unhook the RV and drive the thing. There definitely is a fracture in the Radial Head in the elbow. I'm scheduled for a CT Scan tomorrow morning to see how bad it is since it was hard to tell from just an x-ray. If it is under a certain size then they do not have to operate and just let it heal on it's own.
As you can see, we have already had a full 2009 and it is not even past January. As has been mentioned in previous post there is not much place for us to go from here but up.
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