Rain is in the forecast for today. The temps are predicted to climb into the mid to upper 40s (F). Nice. You would think that this warm winter would mean I was using less natural gas. Like my electrical usage, I track how much UGI is saying I use on a monthly basis. Imagine how surprised I was when I saw I was actually using 30% more this year than last. How can that be? The average daily temperature is 2 degrees warmer than last year. And then it struck me. The house next door is vacant, and while workmen are rehabbing it, I'm fairly certain they're not cranking the heat up. I'm using 30% more natural gas because they're leaching off of my heat. Damn! Of course, next winter, when there are occupants living next door, I should be using less than this year.
Last night I watched The Pale Blue Eye on Netflix. Christian Bale stars. It a meh mystery with an ending that's suppose to be a shocker. Well, I was surprised. It's a mystery, so I won't give the ending away should you decide to watch it. I found most of the film boring. Bale wants to be an Actor's actor, often choosing parts in films which let his skills shine; the films themselves are not always good. If you have Netflix, give it a whirl, I'd like to know what others think.
My Christmas Cactus is still blooming.