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What did I do to prepare this week? Since it is below zero here with wind chills from -25 to -55, I’ve been staying warm and thinking about heat.
Update on Performance of 2 mil Mylar
Do you remember last year when I purchased that 50” x 25′ roll of 2 mil Mylar for $28 from Bulk Hydro? It is supposed to reflect back 90% of the light and heat that hits it. Well, I don’t know about 90%, but I can tell you that for Mylar is it thick and durable and has made my bedroom into a blackout room (Bob sleeps days) and about 5 degrees warmer than the rest of the house! I just cut it and put it on with painters tape. In the summer I just turn it outwards and the bedroom is at least 5 degrees cooler than the rest of the house.
I also thumb tacked it all around the inside of the “cat house” in the barn, added a 75 watt bulb and even below zero it is toasty in there.
I’m thinking about gluing it to my shades in the kitchen as it would work well for that, but not window quilts – too stiff.
Update on Insulating the Garage Door
Remember when I caulked and painted the garage door that I had shoved insulation into last year? Boy, did that make a difference! Insulating it helped. Caulking and painting it sealed it and now the attached garage holds heat and is a comfortable place to work, even below zero.
What I have really been working on this week is staying warm and practicing serenity in my watery sanctuary that I shared with you last week. I live in a very small house, basically two rooms on the main level as it is open concept, which leaves me no place that is just mine.
Well, that indoor water garden (I even added fossils to my water garden. If you would like to see some more pictures of my lemonade from lemons serenity retreat, go here: http://www.bluffcountryfossils.com/blog/fossils-and-an-interior-water-garden/ ) has turned into a true blessing. When I spend just 45 minutes down there, I have noted that my blood pressure drops by 20 points and my heart rate drops by 10 – yes, I have one of those monitors.
All I do is feed the fish, light some ocean breeze incense, relax, breath deeply and rhythmically, and just be… Nothing particularly special, prayer yes, but mostly just relaxing in the recliner by the side of the pond. After that, I feel so serene throughout the day, even happy! And I have been motivated to do more positive things for myself like drink more water, switch to green tea instead of that second pot of coffee, and practice deep breathing and meditate as I walk on my treadmill. It seems to have enhanced my creativity as I’m back to making jewelry and fairy gardens and coming up with creative solutions to little problems. And I have even had an epiphany on a situation that has tormented me for six years now, so maybe I can just let that go too now. Lemonade from lemons indeed!
I added some plastic dollar store shower curtains to hide the grotty, 100 year old basement walls, stapled some leftover fabric to the ceiling and added a string of blue LED lights to simulate the stars. My total investment for my little sanctuary is less than $15. Pretty hard to beat that for the peace that I find down there.
Bob even descended through the hatch door in the floor and down the oh so steep steps and exclaimed, “Nice! A woman cave.”
And speaking of creativity, I figured out how to fix Bob’s favorite slippers where the sole had parted from the inside – silicone caulk! I even fixed my slippers that were starting to come apart.
I did find a great deal on insulated curtains for the living room for $21 at Dollar General. And it has made a difference as the cold has moved in.
And I bought a Life Straw for my personal Get Home Bag in my truck. That way I can drink from a mud puddle if I need too.
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