Ahhh, it’s cozy here, 75 degrees, every room.

I don’t like cold; I must have a plan.

So my anticipated plan follows:

Plan A.  This auto-thermostat furnace, 75 degrees. Paid for.

Plan B.  Generator. Expensive.

Plan C.  Wood burning fireplace. Won’t reach bedroom.

Plan D  Electric space heater. Can move it from room to room.

Plan  E.  Solar heat. Oh, mighty sun, shine on.

Plan F.  Wind mills. They ice up in the cold.

Plan G.  Water mills? How close am I to Niagara Falls?

Plan H.  Go to son’s house.  Lives in a red state; still has Plan A. 


Written as entry to 100 word picture prompt story hosted by Rochelle at Go to Rochelle’s and read more stories. Interesting how different they are.

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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42 Responses to ALTERNATE PLANS

  1. Frank Hubeny says:

    I like Plan H when Plan A doesn’t work.

  2. Bill says:

    Well done.
    We tried plan F last February and the wind turbines all froze up. So cross that off the list.
    In red states no one believes it gets that cold. 🙂

    • oneta hayes says:

      We drove through turbine country (Okla panhandle) last week. At least half the mills were working. My son said he thought it was because the wind was too strong! He thought they had an automatic shut off to keep them from damage by spinning to fast. Think that is possible? There was wind. Fairly warm. I don’t know any reason for them not to work.

      • Bill says:

        I don’t know for sure either.
        They can feather the blades to be parallel to the wind. It may depend on electrical demand. Or they may need maintenance. However, if the wind was excessive, I would assume all would be stopped. 🙂 Besides, isn’t it always too windy in OK?

      • GHLearner says:

        I’m sure there are good alternatives without plan H…
        About turning off the windmills:
        I’m not sure if you have the same windmills over there that we have over here, but here it is definitely a thing: too much wind and they are turned off. The grid can obviously only handle a certain amount of power and since it can’t be stored, thy are turned off. Another reason with very strong wind would be the resonance of the blades, that could damage the whole thing. Or there is ice on them and the rotation throws the ice around, which isn’t so great when people are in the area.
        There’s also heat pumps, that can be very efficient, depending on the area.

        • oneta hayes says:

          Thanks for more explanation about the windmills/turbines. I would hate to be dependent on them for energy. A couple winters ago our electricity was off for 7 days. It was not pleasant! We bought a generator. If I remember correctly we could use it for three items. I think we chose refrigerator, lights, and the fan for the fireplace. We survived with lots of grumbling. 😀

  3. I love warmth! Unfortunately I live where it snows, so I’m definitely for plan A. Will consider other plans if/when that one fails. 😊

  4. neilmacdon says:

    Don’t. I’ve just put in a heat pump!

  5. Faye says:

    Love your response to this fiction photo prompt. I just finished reading another entry. Both of you with different spins make me thankful that Ahead of me season wise is a long hot Summer. Thank you and blessings!

    • oneta hayes says:

      I’ve read several of the other entries. I always enjoy them. Once in a while I can’t figure the relationship with the story and the picture, but generally they make sense in some clever way.

  6. James McEwan says:

    The best plan of all go south in winter–I wish I could.

  7. I could feel the cold as I went down your list.
    Of course, warmer states would be good too.
    Have a wonderful weekend … Isadora 😎

    • oneta hayes says:

      I’m trying really hard to become accustomed to 73 degrees this winter. But still 78 feels sooo much better. Hope your weekend is being good to you. OU is ahead in the football game so we have a start. 😀

  8. Dale says:

    Just add a few sweaters! 😉

  9. granonine says:

    I’ve lived in central Minnesota, where the cold can be -40-50 degrees BELOW zero. Minnesota’s still a Blue state, I think, and they would like Plan A just fine!

    • oneta hayes says:

      I hope they will do their part in keeping us with energy to keep Plan A in effect. I lived in Alamosa, CO one year with we saw -40s for about two weeks in a row. Cold for sure. But it could freeze you to death before you knew it was that cold. I guess because of low humidity. I would walk across campus with ice droplets in my nose before I really realized I needed a bigger coat. Is it like that there?

      • granonine says:

        No. It’s so cold that the air dries out, very little humidity. You learn not to wear earrings in that kind of cold :). And you don’t expose any more of your skin than you absolutely must. Makes your nose stick together 🙂

  10. Sandra says:

    Loved your take on this.

  11. Dear Oneta,

    I’d try everything I could before resorting to Plan H. 😉 Good one.



    • oneta hayes says:

      Thanks Rochelle. We are indeed dependent on our electricity. We have natural gas on the water heater and kitchen stove. That helps endure the times when we lose electricity. That and the fireplace. Our place had a lot of trees so we have had logs as needed for the 20 years we have been here.

  12. ahtdoucette says:

    I have Plan A but with forced air(?) and at 68 because 75 would be too hot for me. I am so glad I got this forced air heating system put in. The house came with an oil furnace, and that was so expensive. Hope you have a snug, cozy winter in your own home unlike your poor character!

    • oneta hayes says:

      We are comfy. Hope we don’t have to seek other plans for the future years. I try to live with 72/73 but my husband gets so cold. He handles the problem with clothes and blankets.

  13. Ain Starlingsson, forestbathing hermit says:

    Haha! I enjoyed that very much…really made me chuckle…and yet felt that twinge…how lovely it would be to live in the same town..but all parents feel that…

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