Chop Wood, Cover Windows
Since the weather has finally been getting bad, I’ve finally started weatherizing the house. Weatherizing is a gerund meaning “do all kinds of nasty looking things to the house to keep the drafts out.”
I imagine I could spend $50 or so for each storm window. And risk my neck by putting them on the second floor. Or I could put a nice clear plastic covering on with the manufacturer-specified double-sided tape, remembering to clean the sills with an alcohol solution. Then I could use a hair dryer to get rid of all the wrinkles.
Instead, I put on a thick, gray, heavy plastic with package tape. Believe me, it gives the house a just squatted in look. Consider it the domestic version of trucker hats and PBR.
If you, like me, are staying at home today, here some warm things you can think about.
Wool Mittens and Scarves
Body Contact (It is Valentine’s Day)
Long Underwear – I’ve heard WinterSilks is good (You have to love a silk merchant that uses NerdCaps), but L. L. Bean will serve as well)
Moving around briskly – As Aldo Leopold said, Wood makes you warm twice. The first time when you chop it, and the second time when you burn it.