17 January 2008

Baby...It's Cold Outside...


Brrrrr...

Did you know
that it didn't get above 35 here today (yesterday) ?! It didn't...I know, I live in Arizona, and I should be thanking my lucky stars that along with the cold weather, there's no snow on the ground.

Well...there IS...just so you know. Snow...

It's on the mountains surrounding us, and in the bits or earth that don't see the sun...and it snowed over a week ago. It's not interrupting any driving or causing any accidents (I don't think, although there are a few slippery spots around town from large puddles of water freezing) But, it is making the cat and I scramble for spots of sunlight around the house...


Mostly because I got the gas bill the other day...

and I almost fainted dead away,

onto the floor...

(they should post a warning on the envelopes or something)

I am usually heard exclaiming all throughout the winter time "I pay this kind of money to be cold?!?!

I mean, ever since the local gas company got bought out 3 years ago by a new company...all that the bills have done is go up. I think they were under investigation at one point because of the hikes in our bills, but I have no idea what happened about that...I just try to pay my bill and not sustain any injuries when I faint (cause' of the no health insurance/no cash paying patients thing)

That, and the cat and I are knocking each other off various pieces of sunny furniture in the attempt to stay warm...You see, I made the declaration that the heat will not go above 60 anymore.

It's not like I'm at all extravagant with my heat anyway here...which is why I gasp at the bills during the winter months. Usually, when I'm home, I turn the heat up to 65 and whenever I step out of the house for a long period of time, I turn the heat down to 60...

Which must make my mother giggle to no end because we always wanted her to turn up the heat when we were kids...and now I hear her voice run through my head, "if you're cold...go put on more clothes!!" and I swear she kept the house warmer that I do now...we just didn't know how good we had it then. Plus, I love to sleep in a cooler house...

Because, it's easier to warm up a cold body than cool down a hot one...

Which is why, if you care to stop by any time now, you will see me in:

Morning:
PJ's, chenille socks, Ugg boots, Chenille robe, clutching a cup of hot decaf

Evening: PJ's, chenille socks, Ugg boots, fleece pullover, clutching a cup of hot tea

I see now, the only thing missing from the above wardrobes is a comfy wool hat...and I did make a sock monkey hat...so I may have to break that out soon. Lately, I've been making Meena come to bed with me early and snuggle up next to me so we can share body heat and burrow down in the flannel sheets and feather pillows and comforters (and the wool blanket) that is, when I'm not making her sit on my lap...

I also came home and cheated a bit after work today, because it's supposed to be between 11 and 17 tonight...

I turned the heat to 62...

How decadent of me...

I'm going to bed early though...so, it won't be on for long...I am thinking that I need to get a headlamp so that I can read under the covers...it's much warmer under there.

8 comments:

Lois Grebowski said...

OY VEY, gurl...

I have yet to put the heat on in my place. But then I live in a huge concrete highrise that is inhabited by thin-blooded 80 year olds.

Stay warm. Just keep knitting those leg warmers...

thatgirldina said...

Um yeah...ours more than doubled! And that was already after the shart increase from November that had us turning the heat completely OFF during the day, and only to 64 at night! WTF?!?!

And here I was thinking of quitting that second job....
xoxo,
-deenie(who is hoping this comment even posts)

flutter said...

I know, I was SHOCKED when we moved to Flag from San Diego, and I hopped out of the moving truck and it was 16.

16. I was NOT happy.

She sure is strange! said...

Yipes!!! It was 39 this morning at 5, we had to get up early to take Ryan for his adendoidectomy, and at 10, when we came home, it was 31. I think it will warm back up as the clouds come back in but not much.

Amy, of course, is outside on the trampoline. She jumps rain or shine, freezing or heat advisory.

Me? I think I'll make some coffee and put on another layer under my sweats.

Molly

Design Diva said...

Yep, I am going to need to give them my first born to pay this month's bill!! All my kids are now running around doing jumping jacks as I just turned the heat down another 5 degrees. I hate hate hate the cold that is why I live in AZ!

Granny J said...

My friend who is an amateur astronomer recommends always wearing a hat or head covering when the chill creeps in. Maybe even a burqua, with a little heater inside...

Wende said...

Yeah, it's cold here too. It's going to drop into the low 20's possibly teens starting Sunday. When our high is our usual low, we all start complaining about the cold. It doesn't help that my 1920's farmhouse isn't insulated. ACK.

Anyhow, I've been sleeping with a heating pad to stave off the cold. I know, I know, but otherwise I never warm up enough to sleep!

Felicia said...

I can't take the cold! I crank my heater way UP :) Pretty kitty.

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