Okay, so I did not sleep in Wanda last night . . . so . . . I guess my tough guy image is gone. I slept here . . .
I slept at work, that is a nice little place between the shelves where I was able to lay my sleeping bag down and sleep. (On the carpet-covered concrete, but whatever.)
Here is why . . .
For added incentive, as I went back to Wanda to check on her as well as to pack my lunch and get fresh clothes, here is the temp inside Wanda . . .
Yep, that’s -25C in my house (I have to hang an "outside" thermometer in my house as "inside" thermometers don't go down cold enough) .
So, I slept at work on concrete in 18.33C (65F) at work rather than tough it out in Wanda.
Running the furnace just is not an option, at that temp, as the furnace will run constantly (draining the propane take more than likely) and my batteries would be flatlined before morning . . . and it would still be cold in Wanda.
Not only that but it would take days (it is Winter Solstice) to recharge Wanda’s batteries.
Today is Winter Solstice, which means that it is the shortest day of the year. For someone who gets all of my electricity from solar, this is a big deal.
This means that after today, every day is getting longer and longer. I (we) will get more sunlight each day (clouds notwithstanding) from now until Summer Solstice (June 21) . . . the longest day of the year.
The point that I want to make is that it is important to be adaptable, swallow your pride and just do what you have to do, what is necessary to get the job done. In this case, it is to get through the cold snap.
Come Friday night I will (hopefully) be in Banff, plugged in and enjoying the view.
When I come back it (hopefully) won’t be this cold and I can continue sleeping in Wanda and get through this winter and into spring. I will be okay, though, one way or another.