If you have "no place to go," come here!

No, I don't really I have problems with winter, up here in Zone 5b

In fact, I hardly have a winter at all. Mudflats:

So here we were eating dinner, and I hear this weird noise. Thunk, thunk, bang, boom, thunk. Like someone is walking/falling across our ROOF?? I look at hubb. What in the world was that? Our chimney pipe had blown off! I let him finish eating and donned my winter gear, boots, goggles, and head lamp and headed out to try and locate the chimney. Of course because I had spent so much time putting on ALL of my winter gear, the pipe landed right by the porch door. I could have just walked out with a hoodie on and picked it up! LOL! But then another problem arose. The wind was whipping around so much that it was making a snow drift OVER our exhaust pipe to our oil stove. The stove kicked on, and started making unusual noises and my hubby jumped up and donned his winter gear and had to go dig it out. All night we had to keep going out every hour to check and make sure it wasn’t getting drifted over.

During these past few days of blizzard conditions...

"Donned my winter gear, boots, goggles, and head lamp"??


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Submitted by ElizabethF on

reads like an adventure article. Kudos to the bloggers in AK who initiated raised money for a photographer go to rural AK to take pictures so the lower 49 would know their plight.

  1. The story began when an Emmonak man described his neighbors' plight in a January letter to rural newspapers. The call for help soon spread to neighboring western Alaska villages, amplified by bloggers who raised money to send a photographer to the village, and then coverage in larger and larger news media, including a CNN report over the weekend that hinged on that same photographer's footage.

The power of the internet.

Thanks for the post

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Submitted by splashy9 on

That have an elastic band and fit on your head, with LED lamps in them. They are battery powered and are far more useful than flashlights because they follow where you look and leave your hands free. We used them in the recent ice storm, and love them.

Submitted by lambert on

With the big round light on it. (For some reason, I'm reminded of Alien.)

This sounds more light-weight in the engineering, and I suppose spirtually or in terms of winter morale.

You know, you go out with your miner's lamp, your pick, and your shovel to deal with the ice...

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Submitted by kerril on

it's very handy. Even better, it allowed him to see the pull string for the light that was up there the whole time and he did not know it. LOL. Now he just wears it for the fun factor.

Submitted by jawbone on

since I tore my meniscus, I'm having to be more careful about falls, and even with the headlamp it's much harder to judge irregularities in the snow at night.

However, if there are groomed tracks, can still do classic style at night.

Moonlight on powedery snow! Wow, oh, wow, oh, wow.

And, yes, great for working under a sink or something like that.

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Submitted by Imelda Blahnik on

I brought a headlamp with me when I spent some time in rural China, and was staying in farmhouses without indoor plumbing. The typical toilet requires a bit of a walk from the main house, and sometimes the boards in the loos were none too steady. Light on head - very useful.

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Submitted by Salmo on

I used to use the elastic headband type, but that was usually in the way of my hat. Two years ago a couple of my seasonal employees brought a bunch of clip on lights to work. I bought 20 of them and my whole staff uses them.

They have three or five led's in a curved plastic body that clips on the rim of a baseball style hat. Powered by a couple of 2032 button batteries, they have a push button on/off switch and they last about 20 hours before new batteries are needed. I don't turn the light on until I need it, so 20 hours gives me about a month of use in the summer, much more this time of year.

They all seem to be made by single factory in China, but they are sold for prices ranging from $4 ( to $12 (reportedly at WalMart).

The only problem I have had is that the plastic clips break off readily. I drilled two holes through the body of the light near the outer edge, and drilled corresponding holes in my favorite hats' brims. Then I used a #14 copper wire to secure lights to hats. The light and wire weighs a ounce or so, and I don't notice it. It's even better than when I just carried the light, no matter what happens I am now only metaphorically in the dark. Oh, and the usual reliable sources commented that mounting the light on my bright orange snow-blowing hat, with ear flaps that velcro underneath my chin, makes me look even dorkier.

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Submitted by lexia on

I took to carrying one in my glovebox after trying to replace the oil dipstick one evening. Great for getting at those twisty shadowed places like the clutch petal linkage, too.