The Weather

The joys of the “heat pump” in a cold snap…

Decoratively inlaid copy of an early 20th century ukulele, with an oval plastic case inserted between the strings to hold a damp sponge inside in cold dry weather. It hangs on the wall next to calendars from a musical instrument repairman, Bob Smakula of Elkins, W.V.
The kitchen ukulele has its own humidifier pod between the strings. Muffles the strumming a bit.

AccuWeather says lunch time temperature is 12° outside, after dropping to zero overnight.

Thermostat set at 63

Living room thermometer reads 57
(Dressing in layers.)

Adding a third humidifier has brought the living room relative humidity up to 36% after an overnight drop to 30.

Oops, temperature rose to 58 while I wasn’t looking and humidity gauge dropped to 32 again.

Next, replenishing the damp-sponge style humidifiers inside all of the musical instrument cases… except for the two instruments that are made of metal, mostly.

Good wood deserves more moisture. Skin, too.

Maybe I should just put all of the instruments in an upstairs closet with a bucket of water and a circulating fan. And climb in next to them in my down sleeping bag until the temperature is back in the 40s.

mild-mannered reporter who found computers & the Web in grad school in the 1980s (Wesleyan) and '90s (UNC); taught journalism, media studies, Web production; retired to write, make music, photograph sunsets & walks in the woods.

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Posted in 2022, Music, weather, winter

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