FYI from Maria

warm

Temperatures are a little more chilly than they have been and of course they are – we’re in fall now right? But for some reason I don’t think my body was ready for the cool weather because I just can’t seem to warm up. My husband says he thinks I’m coming down with a cold which could be true or maybe this is my body’s way of telling me I need to winter down in San Diego – either way, I don’t want to have to turn the furnace on. Turning the furnace not only costs money but it also means I admit that summer is over and I don’t think I’m ready to do that yet. I especially hate having to smell that burning dust smell when you turn the furnace on for the first time too. If you’re like me and you want to hold on to those last bits of summer here are some tips on how you can warm yourself up first :

  • Let the sun in during the day. Open curtains and let the sun in to warm up your house naturally. If you have a warmer part of the house try to have most of your activities there and if you’re home during the day sitting in the sun can warm you up nicely.
  • Foot bath. Some swear that as long as your feet are warm you’ll be warm too. Boil a kettle of water and mix with a little bit of cold. Put some tea in your bath and your feet will not only help warm you up but they’ll smell good as well.
  • Fool the eye:  Sometimes warmth is a matter of perception.  Warm colors and textures make you feel warmer so change out your decor.  Try a throw so you can snuggle under it.
  • Cut a rug:  Cover up your bare floors with a rug.
  • Bake something: Stews, roasts, casseroles and soups are made for the cold weather because they cook at low temperatures for a long period of time and, of course, they warm you up going down.
  • Drink something:  Wrap your hands around a warm mug of tea, cocoa or coffee.
  • Change your bedding: Switch to flannel sheets, a down comforter, use extra blankets.
  • Clean the house: Not only will your house be cleaner but activity will get your blood pumping.
  • Cover your head:  It sounds silly but wearing a hat (and socks) to bed at night, even if the rest of you is clad in skimpy clothing, will keep you warm.
  • It’s muggy in here:  Use a humidifier. Humid air feels warmer.  No humidifier?  Open the bathroom door while you’re showering.
  • Reverse the fan:  We’ve heard that, since heat rises, running your ceiling fan in reverse will push the warm air back down to the ground.
  • Do your laundry:  Nothing warms you up like clothing straight from the dryer.
  • It’s drafty in here:  Block drafts with weather stripping, a rolled up towel or a draft stopper.
  • Something old fashioned: Try a hot water bottle or, before you get into bed, running a hot pan over your sheets.  Bags of rice or dried beans, warmed in the microwave, are another option

And if you can’t avoid it and you just have to turn on that furnace – there’s not much to do about that burning smell except open up some windows and soldier on through it!

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