Monday, October 16, 2006

Weather woes & chilly toes

There's a lot to be said for a well insulated home. When we had the inspector out to check out the house before we bought it, he said that there was R-34 insulation throughout, with extra insulation in the attic. As a result, the house holds heat wonderfully in the winter and stays cool in the summer. Our utility bills are reasonably low, even with all the wall heaters on during the winter and all three window units on in summer. During the spring and fall, we just open the windows and enjoy.

Now the weather woes...

It's cold and rainy, but I'm not willing to turn the heaters on just yet. The only way we've been heating up the house is to open all the blinds on the south side of the house in the morning, but by afternoon, when the trees block the sun, it starts to cool off inside. So by tonight, the house has cooled off very much. My office/scraproom/playroom is in the northwest corner of the house, and the wind is blowing. My toes are chilled, my legs are cold, and I feel like I need a sweater on. I can just about guarantee that if I walk outside, it'll be warmer there than inside. This is a great thing during the summer, but not so much now.

I am thankful for the extra insulation, though, and thankful for the impact it makes on our budget when we're using extra electricity to make it comfortable for ourselves. I'm thankful for the rain (although I'm NOT looking forward to the storms that look like they're heading our way in a few hours), because after the long dry summer, we really need the moisture. I'm thankful that I don't have to be out in it for any reason, and I'm thankful for my nice warm socks, extra quilt & flannel pj's.

So in the midst of my chilly toes & stuffy nose, I can still find the silver lining. As Martha Stewart says, that is a good thing. A very good thing indeed. :)


  1. I like the cold chilly nights too. Hot chocolate, warm fuzzy flannels & a good book & some classical music going in the background - I'm good to go!