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    Re: Tips for keeping warm

    At the shelter we use to joke that getting a big dog who thinks he is a lapdog was the best way to go. Or maybe a couple of smaller dogs... Or like... a dozen ferrets? :P Maybe not that one.


    [quote author=ChainLightning link=topic=369.msg4781#msg4781 date=1287498370]
    And gone so far as to bake cookies and breads just to break a chill, in the house.[/quote]

    That's why I bake and cook long meals on the stove a lot more often in the winter, keeps me nice and warm! Not just the heat from the oven, but eating all that warm food too.

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    Re: Tips for keeping warm

    [quote author=volcaniclastic link=topic=369.msg4805#msg4805 date=1287500679]
    Wow. I'm the opposite of all of you. I like to be cold. I keep my bedroom window open all year round, and very rarely use the heater (unless it gets very cold outside)

    I walk around in my underwear in the mornings, and can be found in shorts until the end of October sometimes (in Canada.)
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    Re: Tips for keeping warm

    I, too, hate the cold.. odd for someone who used to ride a bike throughout the winter and would wear a T-Shirt all year around... Now i can't abide the cold at all. To keep warm i will have 2 winter Duvets in the coldest part of the year. Heat-stealling from the Wife is also a bonus as she runs quite hot. Plus 5 cats and a dog can keep you warm in the winter too :P

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    Re: Tips for keeping warm

    Hot Chocolate, Hot water bottle, and huge fluffy duck feather duvet works everytime
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    Re: Tips for keeping warm

    I live in a basement in Iowa and it gets cold down there, even when it's nice a toasty upstairs. We use flannel sheets, a heated mattress pad, and about three layers of those fuzzy blankets that you can buy at random places (there's a store in the mall that sells them, but only for half the year). Sometimes it gets warm enough that we're sweating by morning, but sometimes I'm still shivering. I'm definitely going to try wearing a hat of some sort. I should have thought of that last year... and having a layer of sheets under the mattress pad keeps some of the heat from seeping into the bed.

    Out of bed.. I wear a blanket, kinda like a cape. But I hate the cold. I have slippers for my feet. And I usually don't take my coat and stuff off until it's absolutely necessary. I layer up on socks, like a fuzzy pair, a cotton pair, another cotton pair, another fuzzy pair... which makes my socks go really fast and is the reason my sneakers don't quite fit in the summer. I only eat warm food and I try to only drink warm drinks (hot tea, hot chocolate, coffee) and using something with a little more fat, like milk instead of water, seems to help. We had a space heater for the bathroom, cause getting out of a shower in the freezing cold basement was not fun, but I think that they got rid of it this year... Oh and we put blankets up on the outside walls covering the concrete, the windows, etc. It at least directs the heat to the floor. Sadly, it costs to much to insulate the basement so we make do with concrete walls, but the floor is carpeted.

    I have a love for blankets, I think I personally have.... 4...6...7 full size blankets and at least that many throws... my fiance has another... 5.... full size blankets and I think 3 throws... so probably like between 20 and 25 blankets between the two of us... not counting the four sets of sheets and the mattress pad.... I think i have an obsession. And then his parents (who we are renting the basement from) have quite a few and his brother and his girlfriend have their own as well. Two bedroom house... partially finished basement... 6 people... 7 every other weekend... maybe it will be warmer this year. Of course that also means the door will be opening and closing more often. Ah well, any more advise for avoiding the cold would be most welcome.
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    Re: Tips for keeping warm

    [quote author=Shahaku link=topic=369.msg5229#msg5229 date=1287588746]
    Sadly, it costs to much to insulate the basement so we make do with concrete walls, but the floor is carpeted.
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    You can build a few more layers on this by getting some area or throw rugs and going for a collage sort of effect...plus it looks cool if you pull it off correctly. Our first apartment had brand spanking new carpet and we didn't want to ruin it...but it works to add a few more layers to the floor too (that same apartment I would swear was carpeted directly onto the concrete, it was so cold and hard)
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    Re: Tips for keeping warm

    Mr Penry swears by his pair of Long Johns... not sure if this is what you call them in the US - they're a type of under-trouser?

    Back in January I was wretchedly cold... I even wrote about one solution to it here: http://tylluanpenry.blog.co.uk/2010/...e-hat-7695443/

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    Our carpet is definitely directly on the concrete, it's coming up in places. And we have asbestos pipes... it bugs me to no end.
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    Re: Tips for keeping warm

    I sleep nekkid (we're co-sleeping with the baby, so that won't last too long, unfortunately) even in the winter time; we just stack on blankets. What I did one winter was to put an electric blanket underneath me, like on top of the fitted sheet, and keep it on all night. Now I'm aware of it as a fire hazard, but it worked!

    Like Chain, I bake when it gets cold, and do laundry (the dryer). A favorite is to keep a space heater in our bedroom and keep the door shut, so the rest of the house is cold but we spend our time in the smaller area that's easier to heat. When I was a kid, I would wrap a blanket around me and then sit over the heater vent and have like a warm tent.

    I'm going to try the rice idea this winter! I've used ones with flax seeds for headaches and toothaches, it hadn't occurred to me we could make big ones for the bed to keep warm

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    Re: Tips for keeping warm

    SOCKS! I always wear socks when I'm cold and I feel better very quickly. Its because your head and your feet are the coldest parts of your body. Warm them up and you feel much better. X
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