We are not really prepared and have not taken the necessary precautions for living with well below freezing temperatures here in the Deep South. Why this morning the pipe that supplies my commode is frozen. This is when I am grateful to once again have two bathrooms. It also explains my jump start every morning when lowering myself onto the C O L D seat. (Mental Note to Self--explore heating options for WC)
That will jerk you wide awake and get the heart pumping!
One of the things I learned along the way is when it is really cold--keep the window coverings closed. My blinds are all closed to keep any drafts or seepage of cold air from invading my toasty house. Even when you have insulated windows, the panes become cold--they are NOT heated glass. This cold lowers the temperature of the air next to it and contaminates the warmth you are working to preserve. SO an extra layer of insulation works to prevent cold air encroachment.
The downside of all the blinds being closed is the loss of natural light of which I am a huge fan. Natural light tends to keep away the cloudy day/weeks blues. Add to that the loss of your view and you soon realize you are living in a warm cave.
I am known for occasionally crawling into my cave. Usually I am recharging--taking a break--on sabbatical. We introverts are like your cell phones- we are drained while in use and need plugging in to recharge. Cell phones are made to be used--introverts love the company of others--but both have to be plugged in or will go completely powerless. SO---I crawl into the cave.
The bad thing about crawling in the cave or closing the blinds is what I am missing when cut off from the world. Yes, I am warm, and Yes, I am recharging, but the world is continuing to turn (even in freezing temperatures) and I am sitting behind closed blinds waiting for a recharge. There is not one thing wrong with down time--as long as down time does not become all the time.
When I looked through last year's pictures, I was amazed at how much joy and laughter I had experienced. Those experiences did not come behind closed doors and drawn curtains. It all came while exposing myself to all the world has to offer--Good Friends--Beautiful Sights----Thrilling Experiences---ALL of which were enjoyed beyond the confines of my closed doors and drawn curtains. God has richly blessed my efforts to live beyond the cave by throwing open the doors and drapes.
HERE'S TO MORE JOY, LAUGHTER,
LOVE & ADVENTURE
LIVING LIFE TO THE FULLEST
OUT IN THE OPEN!
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.