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16 Degrees

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Real Estate Agent with EXIT Realty Advantage Pagosa, Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Waking up in the Mountains this time of year, to a temperature of just 16 degrees, reminds me it's time to think Winter Preparedness.

Getting my car in the proper condition, does take a few things, to prevent situations that may leave me out in the cold.

Making sure all of the fluids are at their proper levels, including going from the 50/50 mix to the straight antifreeze will help insure the Cooling/Heating system is operational for the low temps. Changing oil from 10-40 weight to 5-30 weight also helps.

Checking all belts and hoses in the engine compartment for wear and/or cracks. If any show signs of frailty, I'll replace them.

Checking the Battery, or having it tested, will help startup on these chillyburr mornings.

Making sure I have an extra Jacket, gloves and depending on where I go, a change of clothes, in the event of an emergency.

Keeping associated tools, oil, antifreeze and a Blanket in the trunk is also a good idea.

It is also a good thing to have some snacks and water in the car, also, in case of an emergency.

When the snow flies, I'll also have chains and a snow shovel on hand.

Things can change in the Mountains very quickly. Being prepared beforehand will help keep me safe and stress free.

Besides waking up to the mid teens, another way I can tell when it is getting colder, is when I go get my coffee and come back to my bedroom, I am confronted with the fact that my Cat buries himself under the covers of my bed. Normally, right where I was sitting before I went to get coffee.

Burrowing for warmth

Erv Fleishman
Realty Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Luxury Prop Specialist Realty Associates

Or you could moved to Florida and enjoy the temperature all year round. Ride horses here also.

Oct 25, 2012 12:43 AM
Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

Jon~ if the cat is cold, I am going to say- be thankful for blankets...

Oct 25, 2012 12:47 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hey Jon, thanks for reminding me about putting my shovel in the car today, we have the white stuff in Denver today also.  Have a good one.

Oct 25, 2012 12:48 AM
Jon Eliason
EXIT Realty Advantage Pagosa, Pagosa Springs, Colorado - Pagosa Springs, CO

Erv ~ That's funny. When I lived on Guam the average temperature, year 'round, was 82 degrees. Now, I prefer pines over palm trees, clean air, the mountains, no traffic jams, relatively no crime and the small town feel this community provides. I do, however miss the beach once in awhile, but not enough to move from here. Thanks.   :)

Oct 25, 2012 12:49 AM
Jon Eliason
EXIT Realty Advantage Pagosa, Pagosa Springs, Colorado - Pagosa Springs, CO

Jon ~ Blankets are a blessing. My cat also likes warm laps...    Thanks for visiting.   :)

Will ~ You bet. Oh, and the ice scraper... I left that out.... lol...     Thanks.    :)

Oct 25, 2012 12:51 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Jon...I was just in Denver...it was 75 degrees and I was freezing...I cannot imagine what 16 degrees would feel like right now...lol

Oct 25, 2012 01:01 AM
Susanna Haynie
CO-RE Group, LLC -Real estate sales and services - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realtor GRI CNE MCNE ePro MRP

Jon,

at the beginning of  fall it's hard to let go of summer temperatures. The forecast this week in CO is quite cold for Thursday and Friday, and two coldfronts coming through. Get more coffee and do like the cat :-)

Oct 25, 2012 01:08 AM
Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

The cold is coming in.  It's snowing in the mountains and we've already had a couple of fires in the fireplace.  Great tips to get prepared for road trips, thanks Jon. 

Oct 25, 2012 01:10 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
Hot enough for ya?

he knows a nice warm spot, when he sees one.

Oct 25, 2012 01:19 AM
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Hi Jon,  It is time to grab our snow boots and get ready for the white stuff.  We had quite a bit in Denver over night but the roads look pretty good.  Isn't it always a good time to have snacks in the car....lol

Oct 25, 2012 01:22 AM
Jon Eliason
EXIT Realty Advantage Pagosa, Pagosa Springs, Colorado - Pagosa Springs, CO

Jeffrey ~ Sounds like you got out just in time. They actually got snow now...  Thanks.   :)

Susanna ~ When I lived on the Front Range, (Co. Spgs, Widefield and Fountain) I loved those extended Summers. But you know as well as I do, we can experience every season in just one day. And yes, my cat will be fighting for the covers...lol... Thanks.   :)

Kerrie ~ You're absolutely welcome. As the season changes, so too does our priority for Cold Weather scenarios. Thanks for visiting.   :)

Oct 25, 2012 01:24 AM
Jon Eliason
EXIT Realty Advantage Pagosa, Pagosa Springs, Colorado - Pagosa Springs, CO

Alan ~ Sometimes, I think he waits until I'm not around before he makes his move. Thanks.   :)

Belinda ~ LOL... Yes snacks all the time.  ;)  and a nice toasty heater. Thanks.    :)

Oct 25, 2012 01:28 AM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Jon I will no longer complain about waking to it being 50 degrees.  I'm not quiet ready for 19 degrees. 

Oct 25, 2012 02:29 AM
Cheryl Thomson REALTOR Ret Army
United Real Estate DC Metro Region (703.216.5635) cheryltee47@gmail.com - Prince William, VA
Associate Broker in Northern Virginia

What? I huff and puff about the 30's, some nerve of me huh?  I know the views are to die for.  Making me shiver just thinking about it, but I know your ready.

Oct 25, 2012 03:40 AM
Peter den Boer
Atlanta Communities - Woodstock, GA
MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor

16 degrees huh? No thanks. I will take my winters around 40 degrees. But I sure would like your summers!

Oct 25, 2012 11:28 AM
Jon Eliason
EXIT Realty Advantage Pagosa, Pagosa Springs, Colorado - Pagosa Springs, CO

John ~ Yeah, it takes a while for my blood to thicken up, getting acclimated to the colder weather. It's not too bad as long as there is no wind. When it is, it can sorta put a damper on things. Thanks.   :)

Cheryl ~ Thanks. The temps can get a little erratic this early on, though. Some mornings will be in the 10's and the next it'll be in the 30's. Like I was telling John, as long as the wind isn't blowing, it can be rather nice. Definitely time to pull out the long-sleeve's, though... lol. Thanks for coming by.    :)

Peter ~ There are some days in the middle of Winter that we have seen highs in the mid to upper 40's. I relish those kind of days and if the conditions are right, just a long sleeve shirt will do. Thanks for commenting.   :)

Oct 25, 2012 09:38 PM