Today was a $0.00 day. Car stayed in the garage, laundry done (2 super sized loads) with only one machine dried (towels), the rest hung up near the huge radiator and the wood stove of the living room. All is dried, folded. All meals eaten from home as well. Dish washer run, but used the air dry feature, to reduce electric use. 3 zones of home are on programmable thermostats, so we hunker down together in one room as the day progresses. In another hour, the heat will drop to 55 in the main living area, so it's off to bed. The wood stove will still throw off some residual heat in the meantime.
One issue of concern has been our stall shower. I felt that it was a big sluggish a few days ago, noting that there was some "bubbles" over the shower drain as I showered. I chalked that up to a heavier hair conditioner I am currently using. No one else reported any issues. As I showered today, I definitely noted that water was starting to pool near the drain. We are on a well and septic, I do not want to be using harsh drain cleaners. First step: try a plunger, which did the trick, released whatever hair (?) clog was there, the water now drains away quickly. Moving forward, I will try a once a month baking soda followed by white vinegar chaser to keep clogs at bay. Much cheaper than hiring a plumber, which would be my responsibility as a tenant. Been here 16 months, first shower clog issue we've had in that time. In years past, it would have been my X's job to use a snake to unclog a pipe; glad I was able to address this on my own, and at no cost.