Last night, we did everything right. We turned on the heat tape for the pipes. We left all the sinks dripping. We even put the space heater in a bathroom to keep the pipes toasty... Did it work?
The hot water pipes to the bathtub were frozen this morning, of course, just in time for me to want a shower. That was rectified fairly quickly (and I got a shower in the other, unfozen bathroom). We went to set up everything for tonight- dripping faucets, strategically-placed heater, etc- and the bathtub drain was frozen. Again. Josh is still working on that one.
Did I mention it's cold here? Wind chills of -7 today, -14 tonight. Brr. Thanks to the high winds, the neighbor's trash can blew over, and we were outside for a few frozen minutes trying to clean up our yard for the guests that were coming over for the first time tonight.
It's interesting- in an apartment, we only had fractional ownership of problems that came up around the house. If something was wrong, we may see if we could live with it, or half-heartedly fix it, then hand off the problem to someone else- the landlord. Now it's all ours. I'm OK with that, though- like I've said, it's an adventure.
Adventures never cease.