Wednesday, January 07, 2015

How To Stay Warm

Here in the south there is an arctic blast headed our way. Temperatures are going to drop quickly with lows in the teens with wind chills in the single digits by daybreak. Brrrr!!

In order to stay warm you should dress in layers, wear two pairs of socks, a hat and mittens. Wear long johns or tights beneath clothing. Thin long sleeved shirts with a t-shirt over that and then topped with a flannel shirt. 

Add extra blankets to the bed and snuggle up to your honey for the extra body heat! 

Drape a blanket over the couch or chair where you'll be sitting and another over your lap. 

Drink warm drinks to help warm you up from the inside out.

Prepare hearty soups and stews. Bake breads and cookies and let the residual warmth help to warm your home. Make spicy food, too. Leave the oven open after baking is done so that heat warms the room.

Do housework vigorously. Wash dishes in hot water. Scrub floors. Staying active helps to keep your blood circulating which keeps you warmer.

Use a heating pad or a hot wattle bottle while sitting to help keep you warm. 

You can turn on an electric blanket 30 minutes before going to bed so it's toasty when you go to bed then turn it off. 

Open windows and let the sun pour in. Close the curtains at night to keep the heat in. Curtains should be heavy ones to keep drafts out. You can also line your windows with plastic or clear shower curtains. Windows should be latched closed! 

Weather stripping is a must and relatively inexpensive. Use draft dodgers on doors or roll up old towels to use instead to keep the warm air from escaping and cold air from entering.

Light candles. While this won't add significant heat to a room, it can make you feel a bit warmer by looking at them. Mind games, eh.

If your home is especially drafty and cold, partition off part of the house and stay in the warmer area. Hang blankets over doorways. Have everyone sleep in the same room. Tell the kids you're pretending your camping out to make it fun. 

And if nothing else works, go to the library and make a day of it. Your tax dollars pay for the library so take advantage of their heating!

What are you doing to stay warm?


living from glory to glory said...

Hello Tracy, These were all very good hints and advice for keeping warm. I do use a heating pad in my lounge chair in the evenings. And I always leave the oven open to use all the heat in generated while baking! Yes, this arctic blast is going to be a doozy!
Thanks for your advice! And I appreciated you adding me to your sidebar! I hope to do a few features of new bloggers that I have found and enjoyed very soon!
Blessings, Roxy

Scrappy quilter said...

We do most of these because where I live it often goes to - 37C with the wind. Right now it is +6C, tonight it will be -18C again with a north wind. I've lived where it's gotten even colder. Stay warm!

Tracy Hathcock said...

Roxy - you are welcome! I stumbled across your blog one day and enjoyed what I read there. I'm always happy to share other inspiring bloggers with my readers. :)

Scrappy Quilter - yikes! I am not a cold weather girl. That's why I live in the south!! Stay warm, friend.