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Cold Weather Is Coming & Heating Bills Are Rising, What Are Your Tips To Help Cope With The Cold This Winter?

[b][c=BF0000]Any Useful Tips To Make It Easier To Cope?[/c][/b]
4meAndyou · F
The English, typically, have lived in some very old drafty homes, and over the centuries have developed methods to cope with very little heat. Their philosophy was to heat the body, not the room.

Primarily, they wear jumpers, (or sweaters as we say in the USA), and layers. Gone are the days of long dresses for women, and wearing layers of petticoats to warm our legs and feet, but we do have long underwear. In the distant past, ladies wore warm woolen shawls draped about their shoulders to stay warm. Today we have afghans and throws.

I used to rent a room in an ancient and uninsulated house in Plymouth, with single pane windows and no insulation, and the wind and ice from the harbor blew straight up the street to my bedroom. At one point, I was so cold I ordered a ski suit online. I also ordered battery operated socks, because I could warm my upper body, but my feet would freeze as I sat at my desk working on my laptop.

When sleeping, if there is NO heat, wear a hat to bed or a hoodie. I survived four days of no heat or electricity in that same uninsulated house by piling every article of clothing I owned on my bed under the duvet, and covering my head. I was as warm as a hibernating squirrel!

Primarily, warm yourself from the inside. Mugs of warm soup, hot tea, cocoa, and so on, warm your internal organs so you don't require all of your energy to warm your insides.
cherokeepatti · 61-69, F
[@387713,4meAndyou] that’d be hard on me with my arthritis
4meAndyou · F
[@16806,cherokeepatti] That's why people with bad arthritis move to Florida, southern New Mexico, and Arizona.
cherokeepatti · 61-69, F
[@387713,4meAndyou] Oklahoma is bad because we get so much changes of weather here, gust fronts and even if the temperature only falls 10 degrees the swelling starts about 2 days before. Rain or snow headed this way will do it too even in the summer. I have wondered what it would be like to move to Kauai island where the temperature is always moderate and doesn’t change much from summer to winter. How that would affect arthritis.
[@1313,Nimbus] Florida gonna be over come with water in the next hundreds yrs lol
Nimbus · M
[@967051,Darksideinthenight2] 👍
Stereoguy · 56-60, M
[@1313,Nimbus] Yes! Quickly!
Stereoguy · 56-60, M
[@16806,cherokeepatti] Plus your humidity level too. If you are in a dryer climate you won't notice the cold as much as if you are in a more humid climate.
cherokeepatti · 61-69, F
[@78387,Stereoguy] yeah that’s probably it. The irony is that the humidity in the summer is a killer combined with heat…you can’t cool down very much and the sweat clings. When we were driving to Yosemite we stopped for lunch in Baker, California which is not too far from Death Valley. Got some groceries and took our lunch and a watermelon to a little tiny park and sat at a picnic table under a tree and ate and relaxed. It was so nice sitting there. When we packed up and got in the car the temperature was 100, I couldn’t believe it because I was so comfortable sitting there. Didn’t feel like I was sweating but the humidity was 15% so I was thinking it was in the 70’s.
Stereoguy · 56-60, M
[@16806,cherokeepatti] Exactly! That is a perfect example of what I was referring to. Is Oklahoma humid?
TheConstantGardener · 56-60, M
Stay active and invest in green electricity.
Portlander · 51-55, T
[@335077,TheConstantGardener] How, when I am on fixed income and barely have any money left by the end of the month. Did you see my reply that said Inlive in section 8 subsidized housing? I am on social security disability, I can barely invest in my own cost of living.
cherokeepatti · 61-69, F
[@814069,Portlander] not everyone can invest in things.
Portlander · 51-55, T
[@16806,cherokeepatti] There are many things I wish I could invest in, Medical Cannibis being my main interest.
Layered clothes and a dog on the bed to snuggle.🤭
cherokeepatti · 61-69, F
[@1189039,mondayschild2] yeah I have already pulled out my jackets & long thick coat and snugglies to layer if and when it gets really cold. I lost some weight so my coat fits good already, planning on losing more.
[@16806,cherokeepatti] I am on a low potassium diet and I don't have a clue what I should be eating now.
Senecaa · 70-79, M
As we do here In the UK wear warm jumpers to keep the body warm n warm inside the body with hot drinks.. When out n about wear gloves n scarves to keep the cold out n n hands n body warm. Wear a cap when it's cold to keep the head warm. Layer clothes as much as you can.Keep in the warm as much as you can.
[@1206091,Senecaa] Great advice. Thank you.
AntisocialTroll · 51-55, F
I'ma wool thermals fan...not on me toilet seat though...
BreezeyBree · 56-60, F
Ahahahahaha! That's a tip I never saw before! lol

Only thing I remember was people talking about hot water bottles in bed by their feet.
4meAndyou · F
[@1210541,BreezeyBree] In old New England, they used to heat a brick at the fire, then wrap it in flannel and put it at the foot of the bed.
cherokeepatti · 61-69, F
[@387713,4meAndyou] People who make survival camping videos do that with rocks too. I saw one guy bring some folded heavy aluminum foil, collect some rocks from a stream, dig a hole and line it well with aluminum foil, add water and heat those rocks up and cook his ramen noodles that way. Those rocks were red hot though.
4meAndyou · F
[@16806,cherokeepatti] I read a book once that instructed how to boil water gradually inside a leather bag. You fill the bag with water, heat rocks, and then keep adding them to the water in the bag until the water boils. The bag never burns!
CM440 · 51-55, C
I am no fan of cold weather. I do truly enjoy the holidays. Once January first arrives, I cope by beginning a daily countdown until spring begins.
cherokeepatti · 61-69, F
[@848627,CM440] I think that’s everyone here where I live in central Oklahoma. Almost everyone likes snow till the holidays are over and then they just want to move on to spring.
Doometernal · 22-25, M
What's cold btw? 🤣😅

Just joking.

I live in a place where average temperature is 23C
HotMessExpress102 · 41-45, F
This is the best idea ever!!! 🤣
cherokeepatti · 61-69, F
[@15873,HotMessExpress102] Not your grandma’s seat cover is it?
HotMessExpress102 · 41-45, F
[@16806,cherokeepatti] No, but I’ve got to remember this for when I have grandchildren 🤣
cherokeepatti · 61-69, F
[@15873,HotMessExpress102] It would be a fun prank wouldn’t it?
Senecaa · 70-79, M
1st snow forecast for this coming Friday 27 th Nov 2021 brrr! here in the Uk
Crazywaterspring · 56-60, M
This state has been so deregulated the power goes off in the winter.
Spokeskitties75 · 46-50, M

I use both of them in the winter
cherokeepatti · 61-69, F
[@362821,Spokeskitties75] a cat sure can warm up a pair of warm feet if they are inclined to do so.
Well actually they already said California will be above warm this winter and could already seeing it with the weather been averaging 77 to 81 degrees
cherokeepatti · 61-69, F
[@967051,Darksideinthenight2] Oklahoma was hot in September when we should have been cooling off…we had 21 days that were 90F. Or above….October was warmer than average too, just stopped having to use the a/c at least part of the day a couple weeks ago. Farmer’s Almanac says we will have a cold & dry winter this year.
From my experiences during my two tours of duty in Korea: Many of the young ladies aka business women donned two pairs of panties in the winter.
cherokeepatti · 61-69, F
[@822235,soar2newhighs] woolen ones I hope, I heard it’s realllllly cold in Korea
Toepatrol · 26-30, M
Stay at home, sink all your available savings on heating.
cherokeepatti · 61-69, F
[@645510,Longpatrol] yeah people will have nothing and be happy about it. I guess.
Toepatrol · 26-30, M
[@16806,cherokeepatti] Ok fine *sigh* you can buy one packet of cornflakes but no more you hear me!
curiosi · 56-60, F
Wear a hat, most of your heat is lost through the top of your head.

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