She got in the shower last night, and guess what?
Yep, the bathtub drain was frozen. We are rather surprised that this happened, since there's such a deep snow cover on the ground.
So today, Cliff and I will be trying to fix that little problem. It still beats water pipes freezing and bursting, though; my part in "fixing the problem" will mainly be standing around just in case Cliff needs a hand with something.
Have you ever done something that cost a fee and, the minute you got it done, a light-bulb moment happened and you said, "Oh no, why didn't I just do this?"
I called India this morning (I think that was the place) to talk to a Linksys support guy and get my wireless network secured; at some point in the conversation, he told me that since it had been more than six months since I bought my router, there would be a fee of $39 for his help. Hey, it was worth that to me, so I got out the credit card. My Internet is now password protected.
I no sooner got off the phone when it hit me that I could have bought a new router for less than $39, and I would have had free support. Duh.
Anyway, I can quit worrying about that now, thanks to the reader who mentioned in comments that she had called the manufacturer for help a couple of times.
At some point after we (hopefully) get the sister-in-law's drain thawed, I intend to take Sadie for a walk in the pasture. There are some deep drifts, but we'll manage!