We went to bed last night to the sound of freezing rain hitting the window screens and woke up to the sight of snow falling. It will be like this, off and on, into the weekend when the temps will begin to rise above freezing and we start to thaw out. But, before the warmup begins, we will be in single digits at night.
Brad made coffee and we are enjoying a snug, warm house and the sight of snow blowing past the windows while watching reruns of Pawn Stars. A question: Why have a taxidermied King Cobra? Seriously! Oh, well. Other people’s children…as my daughter would say.
I had already put an extra blanket on the queen size bed a couple of weeks ago when Brad complained of being cold and not sleeping well. One polyester thermal blanket did the trick. He likes flannel sheets and there are now three blankets on top of those flannel sheets with the top one being a thick, fluffy microfiber throw. He’s a tall guy and his feet get cold.
I, on the other hand, tend to sleep warm…being a post-menopausal, over weight old lady…and you can forget the flannel sheets on my bed! And I don’t wear socks to bed. I like cool, cotton sheets with a blanket and a microfiber throw for a spread. But I have not been sleeping well, in spite of my expensive new bed which is soooo comfortable, so I thought I’d put an extra, thin polyester thermal blanket under the heavier cotton blanket. Ta da! I think I woke up in the same position I was in when I went to sleep. We absolutely love the memory foam mattresses and the adjustable frames on the Tempur-Pedic beds we bought. Brad is sleeping better than he ever has. We awake feeling rested and our joints aren’t complaining nearly so much. At our age, something is going to hurt. All. The. Time. But it’s bearable.
We are fortunate to live in a well made, snug house with a fantastic heat pump to keep us comfortable, winter and summer. We had the original windows replaced in 2005 with double, insulated glass, double-hung windows that almost shut out the sound of the neighbors dog barking. We rarely hear traffic on the road unless it’s a big dump truck or someone hauling a trailer and it’s a muffled sound from inside the house so most of the time we don’t notice it.
I may make a pot of chili later today. I need to thaw some ground beef but that won’t take long. I buy ground beef in individual, vacuum packed, one pound packages, and when I need to thaw it I just put it in a pan or a large plastic container, cover it with water and a lid, put it in the fridge, and it thaws in no time…like an ice cube in a glass of water. We still have cornbread to go with it and just thinking about it is making me hungry.
It’s time to get out of this recliner and get something accomplished around the house before it’s time to decide about lunch. Brad and I can sit here chatting for hours and lose all track of time. Retirement is great! Get up when you want, go to bed when you want. Life is good.
Have a blessed Thursday, ya’ll. Stay safe and warm.