Welcome to our home…I mean Antarctica

Apparently, winter decided she is tired of playing nice.

Early this morning, Newton probably could’ve ice skated on the pool.

Last night it dropped into the teens, which means that it got down into what felt like the thirties in most of our house.

Our heater doesn’t really work, so we’re subsisting on space heaters. We went to Lowe’s this week and bought two more (They were on clearance. Score!).  I’m fine without the heater, as long as I am warm in the areas where I spend most of my time.

We use space heaters in our room, in my sewing room, and in the basement (to keep the pipes and water heater warm). So luckily, it stays relatively warm in those areas.

However, walking into the rest of the house feels like stumbling into an ice storm. When I wake up to get my morning coffee and push aside the curtains to walk out of our room, my bleary eyes are forced open by the rush of cold air attempting to push its way into the warmth of our room.

You may not have guessed from the pictures of our house, but we live in an Igloo.

Case in point, observe the picture below.

The dish soap on the left is the one that was left in that spot near the kitchen window; the one on the right was tucked in a cupboard. If you hadn’t guessed, the one on the right is what the dish soap should look like. Apparently, it got cold enough in the house to partially freeze my dish soap.

Today, I’m confining myself to my sewing room and drinking more than my share of warm coffee and tea. I’ll take any excuse to drink more coffee.

Hopefully, all of you are staying warm and cozy. What’s the weather like where you are?

  1. Marie

    January 4, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Oh my, I can’t believe your dish soap froze…it must be unthinkably cold where you are. The weather in the UK is very windy and rainy at the moment and quite cold, but not as cold as where you are! Hope it warms up for you soon!

    1. Becca

      January 5, 2012 at 11:46 am

      It’s not as cold as when we lived up in Idaho (i.e. no negative degree whether, thank goodness). Windy and rainy isn’t very enjoyable. I love the rain, but when wind enters the equation, everything changes.

  2. Lauren

    January 4, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Oh man, I do NOT miss living without heat! My old apartment did not have heat or air conditioning – and I stuck it out for 4 years. It was rough, and I totally feel your pain. Those radiant heaters are the best, in my opinion – my heat recently went out for a few days (yes, it is fixed now!) and I used one of those heaters and it was awesome how quickly it warmed up my tiny sewing room. Do you have a heated blanket? Mine is my favorite thing ever, although it makes it difficult to get out of bed (or off the couch, lol). I hope you get your heat situation fixed soon!

    It just started getting cold here, but it’s warming up again. We are having the weirdest winter – Monday was 20*, and by Friday it will be in the mid-60s!

    1. Becca

      January 5, 2012 at 11:44 am

      Wow! Four years is a long time. We do have an electric blanket. I love it! But it has definitely been hindering my goal to get up earlier. We’ve been having weird weather too. Last weekend it was in the 50s and 60s, and apparently it’s supposed to be in the 50s again this weekend. Whatever, winter!

  3. Michelle

    January 4, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Maybe I’ll look for a snuggie for you 😉 or at least an electric throw blanket.

    1. Becca

      January 5, 2012 at 11:41 am

      No snuggies will enter this house! We have an electric blanket on the bed. It’s wonderful!

      1. Michelle

        January 5, 2012 at 12:35 pm

        I saw some electric throw blankets at Target before Christmas(smaller size for cuddling on the couch), but they may have sold out of them by now.

        1. Becca

          January 24, 2012 at 10:33 am

          Thanks, mom. I’m sure they definitely sold out by now. 😉 We don’t have a couch at the moment, and I would rather just crank the space heater in the sewing room. It’s too difficult to move around with a blanket wrapped around me. And don’t say, “see, you need a snuggie.” I just wear several layers of clothes and turn the space heater up.

  4. Trudy Callan

    January 5, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Oh my goodness. That is really cold. You poor thing. I am definitely not a cold-weather person. Not to make you feel bad, but it was 72 degrees F here yesterday in southeast Texas. But the day before it was in the 50s during the day. Of course, we have our cold weather coming. We do get freezing temps as well. Not fun. I sure hope you can get your heater issue settled soon so you can be more comfortable or maybe get another space heater for the kitchen.

    I love your custom items. My favorite is the button-up man’s shirt. It gives me an idea for extending the life of one of my daughter’s dresses that is too short but still fits up top.

    I am so so sorry to hear about your miscarriage. I know how devastating that is. I’ve had one myself. I will pray that God continues to bring you comfort and that He blesses you with a little one soon.

    Thanks so much for the compliment of my skirt refashion. It’s nothing compared to the awesome work you do. You are very inspiring. God bless, and it was great hearing from you.

    1. Becca

      January 5, 2012 at 11:51 am

      Oh, we’re doing alright. Hey, we’ve got a roof over our heads, right? Besides, we made the choice to purchase a fixer-upper, so we’re OK with everything that comes along with it. I agree, we may have to get another space heater for the kitchen if I’m going to be cooking with any frequency. I’m glad you’re having enjoyable weather.

      Thank you for your condolences. I’m sorry to hear that you had one as well. I had no idea how many people have had to go through that experience, until now. Thank you for your prayers!

      You’re too sweet, Trudy. I’ll look forward to seeing many more refashions from you this year. 🙂

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