Thursday, 20 October 2011
Day 112: And the heating goes on
Last night it was just too miserable sitting in my cold living room. It was not too bad while I was moving around, but there comes a time when one likes to lounge on the sofa and watch a DVD. My fleecy blanket helped a little, but not enough. So I gave in, and wandered through to the kitchen, and flicked the switch to the little radiator symbol.
Even so, I am not succumbing fully yet. I wandered through the flat turning off all the radiators except for the living room. And although I have the heating on again tonight, I am switching it on and off manually, so it only goes on when I really feel the need. The bedroom is still fine when I am under the duvet, especially with my hot water bottle. And mornings are still okay, though stripping off for the shower is getting more and more unpleasant. I may soon have to put the bathroom radiator on a timer.
I am also remembering keep-warm advice often dished out to the elderly. One of them is, in the winter, to pretty much live in and heat one room. If it comes to it, I have my little fold-out bed in the cupboard, which will do the job nicely. I shall try to adopt a positive attitude to this, and convince myself that it is like a fun camping trip. Oh well.
But before such desperate measures, I should first do everything else I can. I have a kind of day off tomorrow, so time to trundle down to Lakeland and purchase some good quality clingfilm to cover these windows. While I am there, I will take the Marks and Spencer vouchers I've got saved from my birthday and invest in a couple of thermal vests. Friends, I am grimly determined. The cold will not beat me.