Monday, October 29, 2007

The End of the Watt Furnace Moratorium

Mr. Happy left for England a week ago tonight.

For the last week I have been sleeping in my flannie jammies in a bed layered with the following (Top to bottom)

- The feather filled comforter that once belonged to my neighbour's grandmother
- A quilt made my my grandmother - folded in half (i.e. two layers)
- A cotton bedspread - carried home from Portugal by my father only to be spotted in Sears a month later.
- A Velux blanket
- a feather duvet
- New Brunswick sheets
- Me.

I have been doing so well:

I've abandoned the house for coffee shops and longer hours at the office;

I've been eating supper and then heading to bed where I watch TV and hang out for the night ;

I've even employed the oft-overlooked "canine heating system" on Saturday night (Pippin came for a sleep-over)

I've considered putting sweaters on the houseplants;

I've drank many many cups of this*:

abuelita



Tonight I started baking a batch of bread.

It was 12C inside the house.

Then I realized that the temperature was going to dip down to the freezing mark tonight, I caved; I went downstairs and turned on the furnace.

Mr. Happy and his internal radiant heating system are an ocean away.

Don't blame me. Blame him. If he was here, I might have made it.


*If you haven't already discovered this little gem, Abuelita is a product from Mexico. It's the best hot chocolate I've ever had. The package contains 6 round "cakes" that make 4 servings each. You melt the chocolate in milk... and then you slurp down ever last bit. It smells like, and even tastes like, Ganong Chicken Bones.

Cubanos, which is a hop, skip and a jump from my house, sells Abuelita. I'm predicting a run on it once the word gets out.

By the way - Abuelita falls into the "Happiness to be had for under $10" category.

10 comments:

  1. you didn't even make it to November!!! Wuss! hee hee...

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  2. I turned my heat on long ago. My heat is included in my rent, so I do not feel guilty.

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  3. I've had my heat off and on a few times. After we got home from Ontario after thanksgiving, it was only 16C in the house so we had to warm it up for the kitties.

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  4. Better to pay the heating bill than the doctor's bill. Heh. But I hear you on the portable male heater thing...they're indispensible this late in the season.

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  5. As soon as my nose gets cold in the house, I'm done. So I congratulate you on holding out as long as you did!

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  6. Mmmmm....Abuelita....

    I so have to get some of that stuff tonight.

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  7. I'm a wimp, it's barely cold here, but our furnace is on. I could blame the fact that new doors were installed yesterday and there are still big gaps around the edges that need to be rebuilt. I hope they come back and finish the work soon...

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  8. you made it far longer than I did. We finally put the heater on last nite. I do so love to have the windows open but it was just getting too cold. If it had been just me I think I could have held out a little longer.

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  9. Wimp, wimp, wimp... must be colder over there than on this side of the harbour. I will admit to finally closing my windows last night. Though have not turned the heat on as yet. I never turn the heat on in the up stairs rooms anyway, except the bathroom in the morning.
    I did finally switched to my cotton flannel sheets, and have a wool blanket on the bed along with the duvet, I do also have a layer of cats. This year my oft times resident radiant heat source will be away for the winter. So, I know I will need to pile on a few more wool blankets than normal this year.

    For those in the city Abuelita can also be found at Pete's. Alternately, if you can’t get it at a store near you than just add cinnamon and a pinch of chilli pepper or red pepper flakes to any good quality hot chocolate

    Switch out that velux blanket for a wool one.

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  10. I'll have to pass on the Abuelita...it's Nestle. Since you don't need a rant on Nestle here, I won't say why. But looks like I'm missing out on yet another yummy something because I can't give my money to them :(
    I'm not looking forward to having to pay for heat. Probably one of the few benefits of apartment living.

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