|I'm enjoying the cold...|
and hoping it doesn't get this cold...
or at least that we don't have any ice storms this year!
Layers have been big around here. So far the plastic and then felt and then fleece layered rooms do seem significantly warmer, and I think that will be even more true once the ancient downstairs windows are covered, some of which have cracks and holes in the glass (that were here when we moved in and that I imagine will be here when we move out... I'm not hopeful that they'll be replaced anytime soon).
We did manage to get the entirely missing window in the basement replaced this summer and that (along with the cat) has helped us see a major disappearance of mice from the entire house. Paul has also replaced the weather stripping on the front door, which also seems to be making a huge difference.
I'll admit I'm hoping for a winter not at all like last winter. I mean, I like winter and snow, just not the kind of winter where it hurts to breath outside for like six months (okay that's a slight exaggeration on how long it was cold-cold but still... only slight). Our first winter in Michigan felt mild... and our second winter... well... at least I was reassured by long time Michigan residents that they hadn't experienced anything like it in the last fifty years (so it wasn't just my wimpiness).
Do you have any old house weather proofing tips that you'd like to share. Since it's not our house we won't be replacing the windows or doing anything majorly structural, but indoor tips for helping keep the gas bill down this winter are greatly appreciated! I'm trying to think of everything that I possibly can to keep it warm and keep the cost of heating this place from going through the roof.