Rex had been disappearing for days at a time, only coming home to bring a bag of groceries, never giving a good explanation as to where he’d been or where he got the money for the food. He would go on about his plans to make money that never went anywhere and Rose Mary would sometimes get a check in the mail for her property in Texas. They would eat the same things for days when money allowed them to. Brian and Jeannette became experts at foraging for food, so this is what they would do when there was no food at home. While at school, they didn’t have lunches so they would root through the garbage once the other students had thrown away their food and eat what was left. The winter was particularly frigid, and the house had zero insolation, forcing the Walls family to find ways to keep warm like foraging for coal and wood. Not only were the Walls’ freezing, but the water was too, sometimes this forced them to get water by melting snow or asking their neighbours for some. In January, Rose Mary decided it was time to splurge on a trip to the laundromat, where the children made sure to take their time so they didn’t have to go back out in the cold. One of the days, Lori was prodding the fire and poured a little kerosene on the wood to help keep it going, this resulted in a small explosion that only harmed her. For the first time that winter, Jeannette learned what a thermostat was while working at a classmate’s house.