I am already prepping for winter here at Burr Oak Inn/Barefoot Manor, and it looks as if the "Furnace Wars" are going to start early.
It has been fairly chilly here in MN the last few days, which for someone like me who hates the heat is a blessing. It has brought to mind the fact that the chill winter winds are on their way, though, and this year the Barefoot Family will actually be paying their own heat bill.
My thought is that we should keep the thermostat lower and make up for it with extra clothing, blankets on the bed, etc. I figure we may have to put plastic on some of the windows. Some were replaced with newer windows before we moved in, but the older ones will most likely be drafty. I really think that it doesn't have to be a hardship to keep the thermostat lower. Some of my best memories as a child are of my parents, Bro, and I all snuggled up under "Snug~Saks" and watching movies or playing games. There is something wonderful about being snuggled into warm blankets with your nose a little cold and spending time with your family. I like warm pj's, too. Call me strange, but I love to snuggle into bed with my flannels on and know that no matter how cold it is outside I am comfy.
Mr. Barefoot, on the other hand, is not as tolerant of the cold as I am. He would much prefer to pay to keep the temps in our home warm enough that he can run around in his comfy shorts and tank even in January.
Hmmm....I foresee a winter of him turning the thermostat up and me following behind to turn it back down.
I really wish that we both agreed on this kind of thing. But I guess I don't wish it enough to change my mind. Isn't that funny? I keep thinking how wonderful it would be if we were both on the same page, but at the same time I am totally unwilling to be the one to give in....so much for compromise, huh?
Anyway, this is your fair warning that as the temps drop in this part of the world you will most likely be dealing with a few rants from me on the subject.