I can really identify with this, staying warm with less heat, my hubby and I live in a very uninsulated sky castle, we have a wood stove and lots of wood on our property, BUT that wood is not unlimited. We have harvested a lot of the low hanging fruit, the dead wood near the sky castle, there is plenty more where that came from, but it’s up the mountain from us, very un-level ground with lots of rocks and cactus to trip you up. So as a result, we don’t try very hard to keep the sky castle warm, not like what most people consider comfortable for them.
Fortunately we don’t get or stay terribly cold, this wouldn’t work as well in a very northern or very cold area, we do get into the teens at night, sometimes, not all the time, mostly in winter it gets down in the 30s and 40s F overnight, but the following day, being high desert country, it warms up nicely as long as the sun is shining. It often gets up into the 50s-70s F during the day. In the last few days we have been hitting 75 F during the day. When it does get really cold, we do burn a fire in the wood stove, we aren’t into suffering! :)
The way we keep warm is simple, we use layers of clothing. On most nights I sleep in a pair of sweat pants, warm socks, a long or short sleeve t-shirt and a zip up hooded sweatshirt. If it’s really cold, I’ll add a pair of thermal underwear and another layer of socks. I also have multiple layers on my bed, I have a regular fuzzy blanket, 2 quilted moving blankets (the kind movers use to protect furniture), an army blanket (it’s filled with something warm, not sure what it is), and a wool blanket. I used to have a down blanket, that was WARM, but as of last winter, the down was coming out and this winter I wasn’t willing to deal with all the loose down floating everywhere.
I also have a warm doggie that sleeps at my feet under the blanket if it’s really cold, on top of the blanket if it’s not so cold.
Another thing I recently purchased was a hot water bottle. I have never used one before, and I must say, it’s been a lifesaver this winter. I pour boiling water into it, wrap it with a hand towel and place it in my bed at least half an hour before I go to bed. I put it in the middle part of the bed to create a warm spot, then when I get in bed, I push it down to the foot of my bed, there is keeps my feet toasty warm all night long. The one I purchased isn’t like your grandmother’s old red rubber bottle, this is made of a thermal plastic material that is tough, sturdy (you can fill it with boiling water, that’s not recommended with the old rubber type), you can practically lay on top of it without worrying about it leaking or breaking. And with the new material they are made of, they hold the heat all night long. You can also buy or make rice or bean pillows, pop it in the microwave and you will have a heated pad that feels good. We don’t have or use a microwave and I haven’t figured out a good way to heat rice or bean pillows so for now I haven’t done that.
You can wear layers to keep yourself warmer in winter so that you don’t have to turn up the heat. Long johns or thermal underwear are great. Good socks are a must, wool socks, layering more socks, there are socks called Heat Holders Socks, they are WONDERFUL! They are thick and the more you wash them, the better they are. Wear slippers in the house, anything that keeps your feet off the floor. I put a pillow on the floor under my computer desk, I put my feet on top of that, it keeps my feet off the floor and makes a huge difference in my comfort during the long hours I spend on the computer.
Fingerless gloves are good for keeping your hands warm and allowing you to work on the computer or do crocheting and such. I found a pair at my local drug store, I have also seen them at craft stores and online. I would suggest buying this in a brick and mortar store, you will want to try these on as they are somewhat tight but stretchy, you don’t want to cut off the circulation to your fingers.
A hoodie or a hat is good for keeping your head and ears warm. A scarf will keep your neck warm. Keep your layers loose, you want air spaces in there to act as insulation between your body and the cold air.
Blankets, lots of them, but good ones, such as down and wool are good insulators. Keep some throws on the couch or your favorite chair, crocheted or knitted materials is good for this too, granny knew what she was doing when she was crocheting all the time.
Drinking hot drinks will warm you from the inside, coffee, hot cocoa, hot tea, it also feels good to your hands. Move around, getting your blood pumping a bit will also warm you from the inside.
I personally haven’t tried this, but I’ve heard of sprinkling cayenne pepper powder or cinnamon in your socks will warm your feet. Test it on the skin of your feet first before going all the way with this, you don’t want to find out it’s too much for your skin AFTER your shoes are “seasoned” with it. Also know that this will stain white or light colored socks.
How do you keep warm in winter?
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