Vicki, at 2 Bags Full, is hosting her third Grow Your Blog Party. Sign up is here and sign up deadline is Jan 17…hurry! It’s a great way to be introduced to new to you bloggers and your participation can be as full or limited as you want/need. It’s also a great way to introduce bloggers to your blog…hurry!
Okay, I’ve officially become my parents. What’s the weather like where you’re located? Here, it’s enough to make grown men cry and women stay inside. Except there aren’t any men, grown or otherwise, around here so I’m the one crying…while outside doing chores. Last night temps were well below zero with wind chills 15 to 20 below zero. When it’s that cold there’s no keeping the house anything other than warm with a few chilly spots. Fortunately, oil was delivered last night so I cranked the thermostats up to 64 F. Most of the time, they’re kept at 60 or 62 which is very comfortable. I also don’t believe in keeping a hot house because, when I work outside, it’s best to be better acclimated to the cold so there’s no hot/cold, cold/hot from inside outside or reverse. It also keeps me healthier or has over the past 20 years.
Although, I’m beginning to consider wearing Depends, when doing chores, because…in this
cold frigid weather, there’s NO way I’m shucking my pants to take a quick wet when caught at the barn. (Is that TMI?) Besides, experience has taught me I’m too old to shuck quickly and my knees feel like shattered glass so there’s not much quick getting to my feet again. I’m just telling you this as a public service announcement…if you’re blessed, you’ll get old some day. Seriously, I’m only being helpful here.
Prepping for winter is a huge job because it includes prepping the house, farm, outbuildings, barns, studio, sheds, water trough and all vehicles. When the job is done correctly, it takes weeks. This past autumn, I finished pointing the foundation…mortaring, meaning patching, the places where ever mortar has fallen out over the past one hundred plus years. It’s not a hard job and, truth be told, I enjoyed it. Someone asked me (in a tone of voice that was, to my ear, more than a bit snippy and superior, “Well, did you use historically correct mortar?” I looked at this
Simple Susan woman and replied, “You live in an apartment, don’t you?” Immediately, she became indigent but it’s the truth, isn’t it? She doesn’t have to worry about pipes freezing or mortaring the foundation or even replacing light bulbs in the hallway. All she has to do is call and complain which, I must say, isn’t the least bit impressive. Not to me anyway. What is impressive (to me), is I taught myself how to mix mortar, apply it, how to take care of my vehicles…checking and topping off fluids…wrapping pipes and a myriad of other skills that make me proud of me and thankful to God. Yes, I sometimes ask for help or for someone to teach me how to do something but my attitude is, I can at least try. If I foul up, I can always call in a professional.
One quick, easy, inexpensive energy fix is to use Duck Socket Sealer behind light outlets, switch plates and decorative plates. You would be *amazed* at the cold air that comes in around those switches and these little babies Stop. The. Cold. Wouldn’t you know it…I only needed one or two and have most of the box left. If you’d like a chance to, randomly, win, leave a comment telling me how cold it is where you’re living. And, if it’s Florida (Rainey – :)…), Hawaii or someplace else warm…don’t tell me. I’d hate for something like that to come between our friendship.
So…let’s see…we’ll run this until Monday…’cause it’s going to keep getting cold and if you need this enough to enter…YOU NEED THIS NOW! Monday, January 12 at 5 p.m. and, weather permitting, it’ll be mailed Tuesday. So, you’ll need to respond, quickly, to my request for your snail mail address. Now quick…comment!
Blessings ~ a fire in the wood stove, making the house warm as warm can be ~ easy, inexpensive fixes for energy savings ~ Duck Socket Sealers ~ skills ~ Vicki, 2 Bags Full ~ Grow Your Blog Party 2015 ~