Tuesday, 6 December 2022

Preparing for the cold nights to come

 We went food shopping this morning and to fill the car fuel tank with petrol. I decided to get ingredients to make bacon, leek and potato soup and some beef to make a large pan of stew. Both those are good winter warming meals.

Food bank received 2 tins peach slices, 2 x 1 litre long life milk, 2 tins of rice pudding and 2 tins of chicken and vegetable soup. I shall try and give more next week.

The bedroom blinds and curtains will be closed after typing this to help keep any heat inside the room. Our heating is currently being used in 10 minute blasts once every hour or so. It keeps the house warm enough. The log burner is laid ready to use and it too will shortly be lit.

I am already changed. Pyjama bottoms, nightie, jumper and body warmer. I find it is my legs that get the coldest when sitting down and every night for weeks, I have used my crochet blanket to keep them warm. The bed as well as the winter duvet, has had an extra eiderdown added. Should be really snug now.

I believe after Monday, the weather will get slightly warmer but still be on the chilly side.

7 comments:

  1. It's surprising how chilly it is behind the curtains isn't it. I am so grateful for my nicely lined ones here in the lodge and drawing them early is a real game changer. My hot water bottles are filled with my after-teatime kettle boil for a cup of coffee and after cuddling them for ten minutes they go into the bed to take the chill of the sheets ready for later.

    I do miss the log burner, it used to get lit in the late afternoon when we lived in Wales and was always topped with a couple of kettles and a large pan full of water ready for pot washing etc. (As was the Aga ... something else I'm missing.)

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    1. I use my hairdryer to take the chill off the sheet before jumping in, works great.

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    2. Oh gosh, that brought back memories. Me and my first husband used to do that when we first got married and lived in a flat with only a gas fire in the living room and nothing to heat the bedroom or kitchen. The sheets used to be icy cold and a couple of minutes with a hairdryer made for a lovely cosy bed.

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  2. I'm struggling to keep warm. Trying not to have the heating on but have had a cold for at least 6 weeks now that I can't shake off. The morning dog walk warms me up though. I've decided to use the tumble dryer again - have a problem with mould, not helped by the cold air inside the house, even though the spare room used for drying is quite warm with the tank cupboard in it - so for me, it's not worth it. I only wash clothes every other day, so it's not as if it's on all the time. Who'd have thought it would come to this for us all! If the forecast is correct, I'll be turning the heating on - last winter it was on constantly at 17 or 18 degrees, which was just right for us.

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    1. Ours is set to 18 as well. The 10 minute burns work well (or until it turns itself off naturally). We dry our clothes inside but so far, no mould but windows are opened briefly each morning.

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  3. We are in a polar vortex here on the Canadian prairies. Going down to - 35 C tonight and with the windchill it will feel much colder. It is supposed to warm back up and I am keeping my fingers crossed. I seem to get a chill at around 5 pm and so all drapes are shut at that time.

    God bless.

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    1. Our houses are not designed for severely cold weather. They would probably crack in those temperatures. Ours was 13C when we came back after a few days away despite having the heating on for 1 hour.

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