Saturday, November 19, 2011
That Time Again
I'm trying to keep the thermostat at 68-69. There is a problem with the furnace in that it will, on rare occasions, not come on. I have to go downstairs and reset it, sometimes two or three times before it will come on. I know it could use a thorough cleaning and I always intend to save up for that, but things have a way of happening and the money set aside for furnace and AC cleaning goes towards routing out the sewer line, as a for instance. I wear an extra layer in the winter and the girls are good at keeping themselves warm. So, we're going another winter without the cleaning and, I hope I can get it done in the spring.
Given that I have cold feet, I've been keeping a heating pad at the foot of the bed. When I went to visit mom, she put their ancient electric blanket on my bed. It was wonderful. I don't need it for my torso but it kept my feet an even temperature all night. A heating pad migrates depending upon where you happen to kick it. I should get an electric blanket.
I have started looking. This is probably a really good time to be looking as an electric blanket could be a Christmas present. If I wanted to navigate Black Friday at the mall, I probably could find a really good deal then, but, with my knees, Black Friday is the day I make sure all the windows are covered on the inside and work on sending out Christmas cards, not the day I spend walking about a mall. I've also considered getting just a "throw" size electric blanket. Since it's mainly my feet I'm concerned about, a throw would make a good lap robe during those cold January nights when I'm at the computer and raiding with my guild. Decisions. Decisions.
I have to be mindful of an increase in the cost for electricity. It really doesn't do you any good to be comfortable when your electric bill jumps by $40. A pair of slippers and an extra pair of socks is cheaper.
Beverage: Earl Grey tea