Tuesday, October 28, 2008

that's MISS fix-it, thank you

Let the wind blow and the ground freeze.

I'm ready.

In spite of the fact that all I wanted to do today was curl up with

A. a book

B. a DVD, preferably of the chick flick variety

C. my knitting

D. a warm, gassy dog

E. Any combination of the above

I didn't give in to the feeling. I couldn't, really. This morning as my children followed the steam their breath was making through the house, I promised that I'd finish shrink wrapping the windows so I could turn the heat on. And I did. Nine big windows in three rooms - done. One of them twice, because it looked like the poster child of Home Maintenance: Don't Let This Happen To You. I even did one of the stained glass windows on the stairs, and I think I'm going to zap the other one while I'm at it.

It wasn't as hard as I thought, once I got going, but you'd honestly think I've discovered a cure for cellulite as excited as I am. Best of all, between the front storm door, the thermal curtains over my kitchen slider and the saran wrap...it's warm in my house. And the heat isn't even up high. My kids are smiling and I can almost feel my toes. It got below freezing last night, and I swear it was warmer outside than it was in the house.

In a bit of movie timing, my final installment notice on last year's gas bill came in the mail today. I pitched it in the fireplace and watched it burn.

I feel warmer already.

(Even the wireless is doing its part. It has been going out for no reason all night, and every time it does, I get just a little bit hotter. I guess I should be grateful. Every little bit helps).


my two cents said...

Wish I could bottle some of the heat here and send it your way...Glad you are warmer, your fire sounds wonderful.

Maggie May said...

There is a chill in the east where I am staying with my daughter at the moment and it is generally colder here than where I live. It will be cold there too, today though!
You must be pleased that you mastered the thermal thingy! You all sound very cosy.

Potty Mummy said...

Well done RC. I foresee saran wrap in our future too...

Marti said...

Congrats RC! We had to do that for our house in Lawrence until we got the replacement windows. It will keep the heating bill low. And really in the winter, that is all that matters...

Irene said...

It doesn't get as cold here in the Netherlands as it does in the Midwest of the States.Still, I have double glazed windows and that helps a lot. I hope wrapping your windows saves you lots of money and heat. It's a shame to have it all escape out the window. Pun intended. Good luck this winter.

Tiggerlane said...

I remember the first time we had to wrap the windows...I am SO impressed you accomplished this!

Though, the call of that warm, gassy dog must have been hard to ignore.

Got below freezing here for the first time this season...and after 16 years, I finally live in a house with insulated windows.

laurie said...

you burned your bill??? shouldn't you have, um, paid it?

Daryl said...

Its getting to be colder here now .. last nite it was comforter weather and time to make sure the windows are CLOSED tight!