Saturday, February 15, 2014

THE ICE HOUSE


We live in an old drafty house. The place is sixty plus years old. Our furnace is living on borrowed time and we know it. While it does a fair job of heating up the place, the house does a lousy job of keeping the warmth inside. I guess we're lacking in the insulation department. Therefore icicles form on the outside eaves and gutters of the place in the winter. This year has been the worst we've ever seen them. ICICLES are EVERYWHERE. And with temperatures slowly on the rise, they're starting to melt and get dangerous. I got hit in the head  with one earlier today. So my job is going to be to take a shovel and see if I can dislodge as many as I can without getting hurt again. Do you have icicles at your house. What do you do to get rid of them???


14 comments:

jaz@octoberfarm said...

i was just looking at mine this morning and thinking i should do something. we are going into the 50's this coming week so that should take care of them. it is snowing here now. we got about 6 inches overnight. be careful when you whack those cicles!

Helen said...

No icicles here but I have lived in houses many years ago that had them. Take care and don't get bonked on the head anymore.

Lynda said...

Let's not talk about furnaces living on borrowed time cuz ours has some age on it, too. Unless you have already knocked the icicles down, get a close-up or two of the ice because it is beautiful - - but definitely don't get impaled doing it!

Formerly known as Frau said...

Shovel is probably the best way or long pole....stay safe and warm....Its been a tough winter I hope spring comes soon!

Carol Z said...

Our building is getting a new furnace. I appreciate it and love being warm, but it is pricey. We seem to have avoided icicles, but please take care as you knock them down.

betty said...

The icicles look pretty, but dangerous, as you know. I used to use a broom handle to knock them down when we lived in Montana. Nothing worse than an old drafty house; hard to feel warm in it indeed!

betty

Jon said...

Your house and furnace sound exactly like mine! I usually just leave the icicles and wait for them to melt (they melt rather quickly here in TX).

Funny in My Mind said...

You could put your eye out with those! Or get impaled to the ground! Ours melted but they weren't that impressive!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

You really do have some gigantic ones there. Here at my house I can't reach them at all as this house is 2+ stories high. For some reason we haven't had as many this year as we have had others so I'm thankful for that. Yes, please do be careful. The good news here is that we'll have some warmer days this coming week. Hope you do too!

Paula said...

No icicles here at all this winter. The longest one I have ever seen was back in the 40's when I spent to night out in the country with a girlfriend and her family. It was on a windmill and it was looong. I almost froze too. I was too shy to wake anyone up to ask for more cover. Never spent the night there anymore.

jack69 said...

WOW those are big icicles. We haven't had them in a long time. What we didn't break off to eat just melted I guess. But I do understand that they can be dangerous.. So you know to be careful...
Sending warm thoughts from Florida for you!@!!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Our house is probably that old, too, and our furnace will have to be replaced soon. But, we don't have too many icicles. Be careful knocking them down!

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Red Rose Alley said...

Oh no, Taryterre, be careful getting those icicles off your house! I haven't seen those in such a long time. So sorry to hear about the temperatures in your house. Usually older homes don't heat up like we want them to. I wish I could give you some warmth from California, although it's been raining a lot here, but we've had some warm days too. And I do wish we could sit and have a cup of tea and chat, that would be nice.

Stay warm, friend.

Love,
~Sheri

Lucy said...

Joe knocks them down but our house is lower than yours. They are melting like mad today.