“The cold never bothered me anyway” Elsa. The Snow Queen.
I’ve never said that. And I probably never will. As I get older, I find that it bothers me more and more. I’m sitting here, wearing my fuzzy sock, and pair of finger-less gloves, and two layers of clothing. Yes, I am chilled. My thermostat is set at 69* and I relish every time the furnace runs.
However, being on a budget like most of the people I know, I have to be careful with how high I turn that thermostat to. As I do my best to keep my winter costs down I have taught myself some simple tricks. So, I thought I’d share them with you……Elsa Style:
~Don’t let them in, don’t let them see, Be the good girl you always have to be
Those cold breezes love to sneak into your home. One of the easiest things to do it to make sure your doors and windows are tight. And if they aren’t, you need to fix it stat! Try re-caulking the smaller cracks and weather stripping those windows and doors.
~It’s time to see what I can do, To test the limits and break through, No right, no wrong, no rules for me I’m free!
Don’t be afraid to layer up! It is stylish! It is hip! It is necessary! Long sleeve shirts and light jackets are IN right now. And don’t forget those fuzzy slipper socks. Keep your piggies nice and toasty. Beanies and cute hats are in for everyday style as well. And scarfs are all the rage.
~The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside, Couldn’t keep it in, heaven knows I tried!
Have you seen all the beautiful and modern thermal curtains these days? They are very nice. I have them hanging in my living room right now. As soon as I find the right curtain rod, I will hang the ones I bought for my bedroom. They block out early morning light and keep that heat in more than regular curtains and drapes. Be sure to open them during the day to let the sunlight in…natural heat is efficient and beautiful. Then close them up tight when that sun starts to set. Keep the paid for air INSIDE your home. That’s the goal.
~My power flurries through the air into the ground
Dig out those blankets and flannel sheets, baby! Apply liberally. All over the place. Keep on on the couch or your favorite chair for watching TV. Don’t be afraid to carry it around the house with you. It will be your cape… 🙂 Afghans are you friends. Remember that. And don’t be afraid to cuddle up with your honey too. Or your babies. Whoever is closer. It can be a sweet time.
~The snow glows white on the mountain tonight, Not a footprint to be seen, A kingdom of isolation, And it looks like I’m the queen
Some easy things I’ve done to my home have made a difference also. Of course, I’ve check my power outlets. Sometimes they can leak cold air from the outside….right at my foot level. So I check them and if I have to, put an small piece of insulation around the socket itself. They actually make little foam outlet sealer pieces that you can purchase and install yourself. It isn’t hard at all.
And when it comes to my home, one of the smartest things I’ve ever done is install a programmable thermostat. I love that it kicks on before I am even out of bed, warming the house before my feet touch the floor. Oh, the simple happiness. I also like that it kicks itself to a lower temperature while we are at school or work and then kicks itself back up right before we get home. A nice and toasty house when we walk in the door.
~Here I stand, In the light of day, Let the storm rage on, The cold never bothered me anyway!
These are just some of the ways this Mousekemom stays warm these Elsa-Inspired months. What ever you do, I hope that your winter is more Olaf in personality than Angry Elsa.
How do you stay warm?