Posts Tagged ‘winter’
It is getting colder so we need to put he plastic on the windows. We don’t use the prepackaged boxes of window plastic. The plastic is too thin and when I use the hair dryer on it I can never get it to seal because I don’t have a good seal around the edges…so I buy painters plastic floor covering. We can do a few windows from one roll and it is thicker. We attach it to the windows with movers tape, so when we take it off in the fall, we do peal off some of he paint on the window frame. That is OK because we only put the plastic on windows that we haven’t replaced yet. When we get new windows we won’t be putting plastic on those, so we won’t be pealing off the paint from those windows. Every year we put plastic on the older windows and every year I say to myself…if only I would replace this window, then I wouldn’t need to put plastic on it. And I decided to do better the next year and maybe even replace one window, but I don’t do it. When we first moved into our 1907 house all of the windows leaked. After we replaced the ones in the kids rooms, we went on and did other repair jobs.
We usually put two layers of plastic on each window and then put the drapes back up. It doesn’t take that long to do and it really makes a difference in the temperature of the house.
We also have vents from our crawl space to the outside. We put a piece of Styrofoam in the vents outside and pit a brick or a stick against it so that it doesn’t blow out. That really helps to make the rooms warmer.
Do you winterize your house or car?
written 1/28/14 – I have been taking fewer pictures lately because it has been so cold out and because I only go to the same places every day. It is boring taking pictures of the same tree and the same piles of snow every day. Last weekend we went around town to do some errands. The day happened to be warmer, about twenty degrees, so I was able to take more pictures.
Maggie has to go to different buildings for each of her classes. The other day on the way home she told me that she had decided to try wearing her gloves. It has been about four degrees above zero with a wind chill added to that. I asked her how it went. She said that she was warmer and was going to wear the gloves.
When the kids were young I had them wear gloves and hats and zip their jackets in the winter. Now that they are older they can make some of their own decisions. They do have jackets, hats and gloves…I gave up on scarves years ago…but they get to choose if they will wear them. My kids are 25, 18 and 17. If it is cold enough that I would wear these items, I make sure that the kids take them when they go out, but they get to choose if they will wear them. If the kids do get sick then I get to make the choices of how they will dress until they are healthy again. It was tough to let go, but it has worked out well. The kids are still healthy and I don’t need to watch them so closely. When did you start to let your kids make some of their own choices? How did it work out?
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written 1/23/14 – Beth is so glad to be back at school. She loves seeing all of her friends. The kids were on break for Christmas which was at least two weeks long. Then they were off for the bad weather. Then they had finals week where they only had school for half days that week. Then they were off for Martin Luther King Jr. day on Monday, the teachers had an in-service day on Tuesday and the kids had a two hour delay on Wednesday. She is glad that there aren’t any more vacations planned soon. It is tough to be a very social person with all of this vacation.
It was about two degrees today. It has been cold for a while. When I was young it stayed cold and snowy all winter. Lately it has been back and forth between cold and warm. When the temperatures changes a lot between cold and warm we end up with a lot of ice on the roads. This year we have had a lot of cold weather. The steady cold weather does mean that we don’t have the ice on the roads.
Maggie applied for her two scholarships today. They are due at school by tomorrow. She needed her grade point average to finish applying for them.
written 1/13/14 – It has been a lot warmer. It was above freezing and rainy over the weekend. The kids fort is starting to melt. When it was snowy we had made a path to out gas meter. Now it is melting down to the grass.
We need to darn some of Beth’s sox. I don’t know if we need the darning ball…I am not sure if that is the name of it…or if we can darn them without it. I haven’t tried to darn soxs since junior high and I wasn’t successfull. The mending has to be flat so that it doesn’t feel strange to walk on the repair. Beth loves her sox, they are fun designs and she doesn’t like to get rid of them so we need to try to repair them.
Maggie has built the cats a house. It started out as one room, but the larger cat couldn’t turn around in it, so she added a side room. It also has a sun roof. I am not sure why she added the second side room with the empty peanut butter jar on it. It may be because she can take the peanut butter jar off…it isn’t taped on…and she can play with the cats through it.
written 1/4/14 – We went outside to shovel today. There wasn’t much new snow, but there is a lot on the way. We shoveled about an inch or two of heavy, wet snow. Good snowball or fort making snow. The snow usually falls in individual flakes. Today it was falling in big clumps. After shoveling our driveway we usually go and shovel the drives and sidewalks of the older people on our street. We live on a little dead end street and our drives and sidewalks aren’t that big, so this really isn’t a lot of shoveling. There used to be three older people to shovel for, now there is only one. It teaches the kids to help others, and it wears the kids out.
written 10 ! 6 ! 13 – Here are some random thoughts. I think that Beth has decided to be candy corn for Halloween, but there are still two weeks until the Halloween dance. We need to register Maggie and Beth next week for their ACT tests. We need to put the garden hose away for the winter and get our Halloween witch out and put her on the porch. She is one of the ones that looks like she has run into a telephone pole. The kids and I used to put the witch up each year when they were little. To them the witch was huge, so it took all four of us to carry her. Then we got her set on the porch. It probably only took fifteen minutes, but it was a lot of good memories. Now the kids don’t always have time to help put the witch up. I am not sure if it is because they have homework , or if is because they know that as soon as it is up , I will start saying ” Oh no, there is a witch on the porch” every time that we come home.
Our neighbor likes to decorate for Halloween. They always have a skeleton that looks like he is climbing out of the ground.
written 9 ! 23 ! 13 – Beth got as hair cut. She likes “high maintenance” hair. Her bangs hang in front of her face and are just long enough that they can’t stay behind her ear. She has to put her hair back all day long. The kids of her generation like this hair cut.
Fall is here. The leaves are turning colors. We need to try on our winter jackets and see how many pairs of gloves we have. We either are way ahead on trying on our winter things, or we…I …forget and we try them on the morning that we wake up and it is freezing out. We have a lot of left handed gloves. Where did all of the right handed gloves go? We buy a few pairs of one style of glove, in all the same color that way if we loose a glove we can still use the one that is left. Since we have lost all of the right handed gloves, we will need new gloves. We keep the unmatched gloves to use to shovel the drive and play in the yard if all of the matched gloves are wet.
Here is a picture of some donkeys and pumpkins. They are made out of straw. I think that they are donkeys…
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