First Snow


Wahooooo! SNOW!!


Not a ton, yet…but I’ll take it.


So, this house is exactly 9 minutes from my daughter’s house and she didn’t get any snow that stuck.


You know what I think?


I think my little house is magical.

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Odd Little Storm


So, it’s April, and we have our green leaves and budding trees and flowers popping up all over the place and POOF!

We get this.


At first we thought that it was just a flukey little fly-by storm…


but it just kept stopping and starting, over and over…


for two days!


I kept thinking, “Oh, sure. NOW it snows.” Just when we’ve given up on any winter and started wearing flip flops.


Don’t get me wrong–our poor mountains can use the snow pack–we’ll take it. But we watched for snow. We begged for snow. We prayed for snow…3 months ago.

Mother Nature has a wicked sense of humor.


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Just a Smidge~


…of snow this morning,


but ohhhh…what a happy sight it was.

True, it didn’t last too long, and it didn’t stick…


but we’ll take it.

Mother Nature could we have a bit more of that…please?!!


Mmmm~ Winter


Positively my favorite weather ever.


Why, if I could just make a pot of hot chocolate, and grab a crochet hook and stay inside while the snow came down like this for a week, I’d be happy.  Mind you, I don’t have to drive in it much, and so that gives me the liberty to sit back and revel in the toasty indoors, while Jack Frost does his beautiful thing outside.


And at last, I have a new coat and fluffy warm boots this year too. That’s a first in quite a few years, I’m afraid. All the better to love the snow with…wouldn’t you say? For when I do have to go out, I mean. But for now, I’ll just sit here and look at it from my rocking chair…with my crochet hook…and a few new Christmas projects on my lap, perfectly happy to be right here, right now, this winter.

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Bubble Wrap Window Insulation


Because we live in a house with single paned windows– unless we want to crank the heat up to ridiculous– it can get a bit nippy in some of the basement rooms, especially at night…especially in the Bald Kid’s room. Since he’s still hanging out on the other side of the earth, I figured this would be as good a time as any to toast the room up a bit. I do wish that I’d found this idea last November, instead of now…when it’s getting warmer. But you can’t know what you don’t know until you know it. Right?


I saw a guy on YouTube insulate his windows with Bubble Wrap and so I thought I’d try it. Seemed to make sense and if it didn’t work, I could still play with all that bubble wrap in the end. :} Staples had much smaller packages than this but it was either $12 for 50 ft. or $17 for the mother load 175 ft.


 I guess you can see what I did. A bus load of Bubble wrap for EVERYONE!!


First measure your windows from the top to bottom and cut out the bubble wrap to fit.


I got really good at this part and started cutting several out at one time.


Next, either spray your windows down with a squirter bottle or just get them all soppy with a wash cloth.


Now, taking the wrap, place it bubble side to the window and just gently press it up there. I swear it’s like magic and just sticks.


Repeat with enough wrap to cover the whole window.


I just went straight over the middle latch section…


and it worked just fine.


More…and more. The room was getting warmer as I worked.


Lastly, I just tucked the end of the piece right into the side of the window frame.


The guy on YouTube said that this will usually stay in place for about 3 weeks and all you have to do to replace it is spray the windows again and stick it back up.


Two windows took exactly 22 minutes to insulate from start to finish and cost about $1 per window. When the really warmer weather comes, just peel it off and save it till fall. Oh, and of course, there’s no sticky tape leftovers to deal with either.
Feeling pretty darn clever right this minute.

And warmer too.  :}