Monday, March 25, 2013


The cold weather spell is lasting a long time so today I want to explore how to keep warm with or without a fire.


If we put on clothes that warm us and keep us toasty we are less likely to feel a bonechilling cold permeate us. A 100% wool sweater, gloves and socks are going to keep us cosy but if you still feel the cold the warmth of the fibre such as alpaca can raise the temperature. Wrapping ytourslef in a dressing gown or duvet heat the space wound you. The warmest fiber is qiviut but it is hard to get sufficient to date to increase the insulation factor. Check your clothing: a 50% wool/cotton combination is unlikely to keep you warm in winter. Most of our body temperature escapes via our heads so a hat is recommended.


For just a few seconds. A cup of hot chocolate creates a fleeting feeling of warmth in your hands and stomach but not a change in your internal temperature—which is a good thing: Maintaining a stable body temperature is essential to having healthy organ function and a steady heartbeat. We associate it with a cosy inside feeling which is a placebo effect.


We do have a woodburner and without central heating it gives us the opportunity to warm one room in which we can all huddle together. It creates a warm feeling watching the logs burn and we can sit on the sofa, read a nice book and have a conversation.


Closing the curtains or shutters enables the heat to stay in as a lot of heat escapes via windows and doors

Seal your doors with doorstoppers ( a big long padded roll) so the heat stays in and draughtproofs the room.


Close off any unused rooms which will enable the warm air to stay where you are instead of circulating throughout the house.


Cover the floors in carpets or rugs which will insulate them against warm air escaping through the gaps and insulate the attic to keep warm air  escaping via the roof. You can see how well your house is insulated by seeing if there is snow ( when it snows) on your roof or whether the heat from the house is melting the sneow on your roof.


Make cookies, or a meal ( without too much steam)/ Not only will you be moving about but the kitchen will warm up as the oven works and dry the air in the kitchen.

The snow can cause power to be cut so keep candles at hand.

Hopefully these measures will make you feel a bit warmer. A brisk walk or exercise will raise the temperature a little in your boidy and if all else fails, hibernating under the duvet can keep you cosy.

I hope these measures will warm you up a little in the shortterm.


Peggy Lewis-Toney said...

Nice blog. Brought a smile to my face. We are also downsizing although in a totally different way. We live in California so no worries about cold weather. Water use is our biggest concern. We just left a large house and now live in a senior mobile home park - major change for us. I am retired and have just signed up for a spot in our community garden. We all do our best.

jeff rausch said...

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I would love to share experiences on this journey?