Last night (Sunday night), I didn't turn the big gas heater on at all and used the electric space heater in the family room. I had it set at a low temperature, but, close to where I was seated, so I stayed nice and warm. I turned it off before I went to sleep. I have made my bed with layers of quilts and blankets - there is a quilt and a blanket under the flannel fitted sheet, and I cover myself with a flannel flat sheet, two blankets, and two quilts! Plus, I wear a pair of wool socks that I knitted and, last night, I wore my knitted neck warmer, as well! I was comfortably warm, but, not hot. I'm not kidding when I say I feel cold.
This morning, when I woke up, the house was at 54F. I turned on the gas heater for a short time while I said my morning prayers and drank my cup of tea. The thermostat has now been set at 65F, but, I turned the heater off before it reached that temperature. I was dressed in layers and I felt comfortable. Besides, it was a sunny day and the afternoon high went up to 67F. (But, the night time low will be 48F, tonight.)
After I turned the heater off, I got busy with dusting the living room, dining area, and family room. Then, I vacuumed the living room, dining area, hallway leading to the bedrooms, and the kitchen. I started on the family room, but, when I vacuumed under one of the sofas, I discovered that my daughter had accidentally left a pair of socks under there! I managed to pull one of the socks out of the vacuum cleaner, but, the other sock had got lodged in the vacuum cleaner hose! (It's a canister vacuum cleaner). I disconnected the hose and took part of the handle apart but, I couldn't see where the sock might be lodged. I am assuming it is lodged somewhere because there is no suction power when I turn the vacuum cleaner on. I didn't feel like pulling the manual out and taking the whole thing apart, so, I left that for tomorrow. But, that was the end of the vacuuming (and housework) for today! Later, I cleaned the litter box and took the trash cans to the end of the driveway to be picked up, tomorrow, but, that was all.
In the afternoon, it was 67F and breezy outside and 62F inside the house. So, I opened a couple of windows and the front door to create some air flow, to hopefully warm up the house, but, it didn't do much! I walked outside for a bit and it was warm in the sun, but, cool in the shade. I had considered watering the front garden, today, but, it was too windy and by the time the wind died down, it was after sunset and too cold to be watering!
Once again, I spent the afternoon sewing, repairing the quilt. As you can see, Dancer was on hand to lend a helping paw and do some quality control! Well, he might have slept on the job, a bit, but, that was after he took a good look to see that I was doing the repairs properly.
Oh, and the gas company sent me my monthly energy report for November 19 - December 19, 2022, showing how much the "energy efficient" houses used (34 therms), how much the "similar" households used (67 therms), and how much I used (134 therms). Yes, I know how I compare with other households; maybe they don't feel as cold as I do!
I was going to do a meal plan, today, but, I didn't. Brunch was a scrambled egg and a piece of toast. I was going to have soup for dinner, but, I had fried potato slices, instead, and half an apple. I just wasn't hungry for a full meal.
Today, I am grateful for:
- Dancer's help with various projects
- Sunny days and warmer afternoons
- My stash of quilts and blankets!
- The electric space heaters and electricity to run them
- What I managed to accomplish today
Today's joyful activity was sewing in the afternoon sunshine with Dancer!
Tuesday plans include a visit to the cemetery (my mother's death anniversary), maybe a trip to the Temple, and more quilt repairs, of course. My daughter is scheduled to fly back from Hawaii, tomorrow; I hope she'll have a safe and smooth flight back.
How was your Monday? Did you have a good start to your week? What are your plans for Tuesday?