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It has been a hard winter on most of us.

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I went from 100.00 a month in Kerosene to 100.00 a week and that's with a wood stove in the big bay.

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I am at $30 a day in my shop, if there is a little wind I'll go thru 10 gallons (close to $40). I'm not working for me, I am working for the petroleum companies.

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It was about 70 degrees yesterday and the wind was 40. Today, maybe our first rain (1/8 inch ?) and the high only around 60.

A week in November we had a hard time when the lows got into the 20's.

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I have been staying in the house and not much done in the garage,I have been using kerosene and tired of smelling it so I will do all the big projects when it warms up some.

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I haven't bought one gallon of furnace oil yet this year. Wood keeps the house around 70 F. The Wood furnace is a Thermo-Control and is piped into the base board heaters and oil burner. I disconnected to power to the burner gun so it cannot fire. The circulator kicks on when the house calls for heat on one thermostat. A second thermostat opens the stove damper. Likes wood, but works great. Dandy Dave!

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I live in Southeastern NC. We just had 3 days where everybody was basically stuck at home with 2 inches of ice covering everything outside. Monday the temperature is forecast to be 77 degrees. While we rarely really have much of what you would call Winter weather, I think we are one of the few places where you can experience all 4 seasons in less than a week.

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Matthew,

Wife and I just returned from a month in Myrtle Beach (our first try at this) and I know exactly how you feel. I hope we did not bring you that poor weather. Got stuck and had to start a day late traveling home, but it sure was nice for most of the time compared to New England.

John

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We had three days of winter in New Orleans last week - barely got above freezing for more than ten hours at a time. 1/8th inch of sleet/freezing rain, so everybody stayed home.

No gridlock like Atlanta.

North of Lake Pontchartrain they even had between half-inch to 2-inches of SNOW !!

Back to 65 degrees Friday,

and mid-70s Saturday and Sunday --- but we're on our way to AACA's ANNUAL MEETING IN PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA !!

.... bet it gets cold there !!

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It's been so cold here in western Nebraska that the cats have found a new use for the heated dog bowl.

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Stay warm everyone, 6 more weeks of winter...HURRY SPRING!!

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Yesterday we went to the Cherry Blossom Festival over in Waimea and saw 8 or 10 pick-ups with the beds completely full of snow. The boys here go up on Mauna Kea or Mauna Loa when it snows and bring it down.... For what, I don't know..... although one kid did have a big snowman made in his truck bed, pretty funny unless you follow too close with all the "melt" running out the back, ha ! Hope you folks get some relief from those horrible cold temps, our folks in Al. and Tn. keep us updated....brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr see some here. http://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Mauna-Kea/webcams/latest

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Now we are just outside of Philadelphia

Expecting 3 - 5 inches of snow Monday !!

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Try driving in it ....

Everyday ....

In different states - thru different Winter storms ....

Jim

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My 1969 sears custom 10 lawn tractor that has a plow is getting a work out this year,my city takes too long to get to my road so I plow it too.

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We got 13 inches today and it's still snowing. My plow guy came to the shop once and just dusted the end of the drive. When I left at 6:00 PM the front and rear pumpkins were dragging in the snow on my F250 Superduty. Good thing I have 4 wheel drive. Now I get to shovel roofs tomorrow. Yeah!!!! then bring in more firewood.

My plow guy gets $100 to plow. Now the temps are suppose to go down again so that will be another $100 in Kerosene as well for the week. Possibly another storm on Sunday.

I hope it breaks pretty soon. No wonder I never get to work on my cars.

We're having groundhog at my house for dinner tomorrow. All you can eat buffet. Everyone's welcome.

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We are at the 7th snowest winter in Michigan. Got over 38 inches in Detroit metro area in January when according to the news usually get +- 12 inches. We have more snow coming in today. :(

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We had a heating oil delivery on December 31st - 209 gallons costing $794. They came again on February 2nd and left another 164 gallons for $667. Will probably have another delivery in April that will last until October. I figure it's going to cost us about $3600 for heat this year.

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We are at the 7th snowest winter in Michigan. Got over 38 inches in Detroit metro area in January when according to the news usually get +- 12 inches. We have more snow coming in today. :(

Hey Larry,

Doug here, across the River from you in Canada (technically south of you).

This is what my backyard looks like now.

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AND no heat in the garage.

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just two more months, just two more months, just two more months.....

However, Not my 1st bad winter.

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Winter 1969 at cottages on north shore of Lake Erie (using Dad's car of course!)

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