My husband, Russell, and I disagree about many things; for example, dunking cookies. (I have posted a blog about this before.) Russell does what I call, drowning, the poor cookies by completely immersing the little dears in milk, waiting until they are disgustingly mushy and then eating the whole mess with a spoon. I, on the other hand, like to let my cookies swim, which is to say, I nibble the cookie, sip milk, repeat. We also have a raging (and ongoing disagreement) about Russell's favorite cake, called Wacky Cake. Wacky Cake is an old-time chocolate cake made without any dairy products. That's correct, Dear Readers, no milk products (or eggs for that matter) of any sort go into the batter. Wacky Cake is undeniably delicious but I like to experiment with different recipes from time to time. Russell could eat the same chocolate cake and be happy. Me? Not so much. Favorite or no favorite, it's fun to mix things up.
Now, of all the things Russ and I disagree about, temperature is the most volatile. Russell is a large, scruffy and hairy man-child. He looks like an adult but on the inside he is really just an adolescent. (I know what you're thinking, what makes Russ so different from any other man? My answer would be, nothing.) BUT, and this is a large, hairy BUT, Russell seems to never be cold. What the what? I am layered and wrapped up until I resemble a babushka granny. I cannot abide being cold but it seems I am most of the time, unless I'm not. You see, this is the problem, I am cold, unless I am not. Why don't men understand this about we women? It's not difficult! So, what to do? What to do?
Here are my tips for keeping warm (in the house) against all odds:
1. LAYER! (Big "DAH" right? You're smart Dear Readers but it never hurts to state the obvious.)
2. Wear a scarf. Yes, in the house. You would be amazed at how warm and cozy they help you stay.
3. Wash your hands in warm water. Let the tap run for goodness sake. If you are enviornmentally-minded and conscientious, YAY you, BUT still, don't wash with cold water. Run the tap into a tub/bucket and water plants with it. Win-Win.
4. Eat warming food like ginger and such. (Visit some previous blogs for ideas.)
5. Keep hydrated. Most people think they only need to drink (water, Dear Readers) in the summer but our bodies work hard to keep us warm in the Fall/Winter so show it some gratitude and drink!
6. Keep your feet warm by wearing slippers or cozy non-slip socks.
7. Make use of a heating pad, heated blanket, things you can heat up like rice in the microwave and hug it tight.
7. Cuddle with someone you love. This could be your child, pet, yes, even your furry man-child husband.
I hope the above tips are helpful. Please share your tips for keeping warm in the comments section.
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