Thursday, December 09, 2010

Keeping Warm and Cozy

On rainy winter nights, I prefer not to go anywhere. Instead I light a cozy fire in my fireplace, read books or magazines and watch TV snug in my warm slippers.

Though it's unusually warm (in the 50's) during the daytime here, I'm treating myself to my gas fireplace for an hour or two every evening when I get home. It costs around 50 cents an hour, so I'm spending $30 or more a month on this luxury. I'll find something else to cut out (Starbucks, desserts, new magazines) to save that $30 so I can be cozy while watching movies, folding laundry, and reading magazines.

Tonight is my planned weekly "stay at home and stay calm and relax" night. I very firmly enforce this and I said no to a dinner invitation that would have been fun to accept. Tonight, there's no rushing around to holiday parties, no rushing from store to store, no housework, no stressful things allowed. I plan to make a simple bread, pasta and salad dinner, and light a wood fire.

Are you enjoying your wood-burning fireplace if you have one? Is it clean and ready to be used should the mood (or cold) strike? Have plenty of firewood and fire starting supplies on hand? If you use "Bed Buddies" or some other heatable, microwavable warmers, are they nearby where you can find them? Covers clean?


  • Clean fireplace if needed

  • Need to sweep, mop or vacuum your front entryway, or back mudroom?

  • Need to launder any throw blankets you cuddle up with on the couch? Mine gets lots of cat fur on it, so tonight it's being tossed in with a load of white towels I'm washing already.

  • Wrap up any last gifts.

TODAY'S PROJECT: Sock Drawer and Glove Basket

Merona Scarf and Gloves set, at Target

I'm sorting my sock drawer this afternoon. I do this once a year in winter, about the only time I wear socks. I am mercilessly getting rid of socks with bad elastic or holes, socks that are itchy or too tight or too ugly, and of course socks that I absolutely cannot find a match for.

I will only keep socks that I know I will actually wear. I'll see if I need to pick up a new pair or two. I know I would like more pairs of a particular style of uber soft house socks (the kind with tiny rubber pads on the bottom so you don't slide around on your wood floors). I have a pair in black and one in red, but I'd like to be able to wear them every day and launder in between. I think I'll pick up two or three more pairs. Maybe hot pink!

I'll throw away unwanted socks away instead of donating them to charity - if they're not good enough for me to wear, they certainly aren't a nice donation for an unfortunate person.

I mustn't forget to go through my leggings and warm tights too.

When I'm done, I will have a lot less in my sock drawer, and everything will be arranged nicely so I can get dressed and out of the house even faster in the mornings.

Next I'll tackle our glove basket we keep by the front door. It also contains warm hats and scarves we can wear outdoors. I will throw out anything that doesn't have a matching set, and I can restock easily with Target's under-$5 soft gloves.

LOVELY BLOGS: The English Kitchen

"Debunking the myths of English cookery one recipe at a time."

I thoroughly enjoy peeping in here to see what Marie has been cooking up lately. Check out her cranberry pecan loaves, the difference between North American and British cooking measurements, her delightful post on sugarplums (I finally know what they are now!) and her tutorial on Almond Florentine.

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