Winter Wet

It rained Saturday.  It rained Sunday.  It rained Monday, today, and it's predicted to rain the next two days following.  Saturday Milo and Jeremiah went gutter-splashing for a little while to expend some energy.  It's no use trying to line-dry laundry with rain and 100% humidity, so with the stinky (literally!) laundry mounting I finally cranked up the fitful little drier we bought off Trademe.  You don't appreciate what you have until you loose it--and that includes static-dry winter air and a fully functional drier that can both heat and blow air simultaneously.  When we first moved here and saw the common-place towel heaters in the bathrooms I thought it was a strange foo-foo weakness for folks who don't even use central heating, but I've since come to realize that in chilly damp winter houses, towels never dry.  The heated towel bars prevent moldy towels.

It rained Saturday. It rained Sunday. It rained Monday, today, and it’s predicted to rain the next two days following. Saturday Milo and Jeremiah went gutter-splashing for a little while to expend some energy. It’s no use trying to line-dry laundry with rain and 100% humidity, so with the stinky (literally!) laundry mounting I finally cranked up the fitful little drier we bought off Trademe. You don’t appreciate what you have until you loose it–and that includes static-dry winter air and a fully functional drier that can both heat and blow air simultaneously. When we first moved here and saw the common-place towel heaters in the bathrooms I thought it was a strange foo-foo weakness for folks who don’t even use central heating, but I’ve since come to realize that in chilly damp winter houses, towels never dry. The heated towel bars are actually a necessity to prevent moldy towels.

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6 thoughts on “Winter Wet

    • It’s not as dreary as it may be portrayed at times. All buildings (commercial and residential) are heated with electric heat pumps. Most commercial/public buildings have “central” heating via duct work to the heat pumps. Houses typically have one heat pump mounted on a wall in one room, or a larger house may have multiple heat pumps or a wood stove.

  1. Sounds like Okinawa in 1968 … lightbulbs burned day and night in closets to keep clothing ‘dry’. Spring has sprung here, green and beautiful. We MISS you and Milo in the garden. The only sound next door is kids, the babysitter and the yapping dog. On the Benjamin side, a new playyard being built and Everett’s chatter as he runs around behind his mom. He’s getting to be such a little man. I know they miss you too…but a part of me envies the wonderful adventure you have going on on such a beautiful country to explore in the spring, summer and fall…do you have seasons? It sounds like you do.

    • We definitely have seasons, and it’s winter right now. Winter isn’t as cold as home, snow flurries in the air are unusual, as is any snow sticking to the ground (down in Christchurch–the surrounding mountains are white). I’m envious of your springtime at the moment! But on the up side, even winter presents gardening opportunities, and since I’m working at a greenhouse I can bring home all kinds of flowers for free. Pansies, primroses, allysum, snapdragons….they’re all happy with Christchurch winter weather. Milo’s entering the chattery stage now too, and I wish we could watch him and Everett together–they’d be a riot!

  2. Hi Jeremiah and Molly. Looks like you all are doing well. So does it snow where you are or just rain? We are just rolling into the muggy hot weather, but its been a pretty nice spring so far. We’ve just about got the garden in. We miss you a lot. Jeremiah, I finally have my own gmail account. Talk to you later.

    • Hi Ryan! I saw a snow flurry in the air today and that was unusual for down here in Christchurch, but the mountains we see on clear days are all covered in white. We’re currently having a “southerly,” which means cold wind from Antarctica, bringing rain to lower elevations and snow to mountains. I could just about go for spring again! Hope the garden goes well this year!

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