The temperatures are above freezing for the first time in weeks! The snow is melting. The back yard is going to be a swamp, but I promise I won’t complain this time. Luci is having a wonderful time finding the tennis balls that were buried under all the snow.
I’ve stopped wearing two pairs of socks every day and have started wearing my lighter sweaters. I don’t feel like I have to wear 20 pounds of clothes just to keep warm. I’m still wearing my long johns, though, and will continue to do that until probably April.
The Dog Mobile is also thawing out, too. Even though she started up on the first try every day, this latest stretch of extremely cold weather was pretty hard on her. I never realized how badly the weather had affected my little Dog Mobile until today. There have been some strange things going on that Hubby and Repair Guy have told me are caused by the weather. The electric door locks will lock by themselves . . . usually when I’m warming up the car to come to work. (That’s why I always carry a spare key!). Hubby didn’t believe that I wasn’t accidently hitting the lock when I got out of the car . . . until it happened to him! The "check oil" light will come on and then go off at odd times. We check the oil and the oil level is fine – and I just had the oil changed a month ago, so I know it’s not dirty. Repair Guy said that the extreme cold will affect the oil sending unit and make it come on even if there is nothing wrong with the car. The left turn signal was flashing in double time – but the right turn signal and the hazard lights are fine. Water had apparently gotten into the flasher and then froze. Once the flasher thawed out, it started working normally. For now, all the little quirks have stopped . . . .
Spring is about a month away and I’m counting the days. You know it’s been a long winter when you and your car get excited about the warmer weather!