Speaking of blankets, I have stationed the extra blankets under each of the beds. I use a feather bed as part of my warming system for sleep. I have made my bed for the light cold I am expecting. I also have issued the poncho liner my grandson would wrap himself in year round, if I let him!
|Visqueen in window frame|
I have a long narrow hallway that starts just past the refrigerator wall of the kitchen and leads to a craft room, a bedroom and a bathroom. To save on energy costs, I use a spring loaded extendable curtain rod across the opening and I hang a velvet curtain. The curtain does not hang from ceiling to floor, which is good. Hot air rises. The curtain rod hangs with the curtain flush at the top and hangs down to about six inches above the floor. It keeps the warm air in the main part of the house.
Later in the season, I will hang a similar curtain over the front door. It is made of two panels for ease of going in and out. But, It serves the same purpose, keeping the heat in. You can part the curtain, step through, then open the door to the outside and go out, keeping the heat in as you go. It works on the same principle as those plastic strips you see hanging across the refrigerated sections of warehouse superstores. Instead of keeping cold in, we are keeping it out.
Also, for the winter change of weather, it is time to prep the car. I top off the antifreeze in the radiator and give it a good going over. Checking tire pressures since cold comes with rain, and all the other fluid levels too. A crisp cold morning is no time to lift the hood of a car to check the oil and anti freeze. I do it in the heat of the day in broad daylight. I also have a seat cover to keep my bottom from loosing heat in the morning. Maintaining the bodies heat is more important than creating heat.
It's just a few steps to get ready, but it's worth the effort. Taking a few steps forward now before the temperature drops is worth the reward of not scrambling around for a spare blanket in the middle of the night or searching for a suitable sweater first thing on a crisp morning.