February 3, 2011

It’s cold; We Have Electricity; but I refuse to turn on the heat

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Cute Penguin

I woke up to the house being 58 degrees. Baby it’s cold outside … and inside. I was toasty and warm all night under my down comforter and extra blanket throw. My house is fantastic in that it holds heat very well and in the summer I don’t have crazy cooling bills because we thought ahead and had it built to work with the blaring sun beating down on all those 100+ days.

Don’t get me wrong. Now that I’m out of bed, I’m freezing. I’m dressed like I’m on an expedition to Antarctica to find the penguin-child I sponsor from a late-night infomercial telling me that saving the penguins is up to me. If a delivery guy comes to the door he may very well laugh. Maybe I won’t answer the door. Or I’ll hide behind the couch while BabyGirl answers. She is, after all, dressed like it’s the middle of July.

I had a conversation this morning on Facebook with a friend who kept calling me cheap for not turning on the heat. I argued back that I’m not cheap. She kept typing in this website name as proof of my cheapness. Emphatically I’d yell ‘I AM NOT CHEAP!’. Really, I’m not.

I’m frugal and I watch what I spend. I would never deny my family a comfortable house. And that’s part of the reason I refuse to turn on the heat. It’s me and BabyGirl and she’s not cold. She’s wearing pants because I’ve insisted. Her first outfit of choice was a skort and a tee. ‘Back to your room’, I tell her. It’s cold outside! It’s chilly in the house.

‘But mommie ….. ‘, I cut her off. I know what she’s going to tell me. That she’s not cold. And she’s not. It’s just how she is. I put my blue-fingered hands on her face and she lets out a sigh and thanks me for cooling her off. It’s now 62 degrees in my house.

I’m cold. But then again, I’m wearing a sweatshirt in the middle of the summer. I can warm myself us easily.

Refusing to turn on the heat isn’t some major statement about my finances or frugality or cheapness or needed to save or anything like that. I’m not turning on the heat because this is Phoenix. In January. The sky is blue, the sun is out. The Phoenix Open Golf tournament is in town. All the people from northern states and Canada are vacationing here, the Valley of the Sun.

I’m not turning on my heat because it hasn’t been on in a long time and I don’t want to start now. Because the cold is just temporary. And my daughter is not cold. Not even when it was 50 degrees in our house last night. Those snugly (notice I used the word ‘ugly’ in there, because I crack myself up!) things are looking quite attractive.

Sara

{ 5 comments }

Becca - Our Crazy Boys February 3, 2011 at 10:56 am

I love you, Sara. LOVE you.

But I’m thinking you’re a little crazy today.

{but i love you}

Sara February 3, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Becca,

Well, it’s not -3 by me. Thankfully! It’s crazy b/c the sun is out, I have the shades open and it’s warm in the sun. In fact, my crazy daughter says it’s too hot!

ZoniDuck February 3, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Dang! I wish I had remembered to tweet my fountain picture yesterday. You could totally have used it for this post.

And speaking as someone who knows your child well, I know she’s not cold.

rhonda February 5, 2011 at 9:43 pm

I’m smiling at this post. CycleGuy and BabyGirl have body temps.
I constantly think of the Christmas we were in Phx, swimming on Christmas Day and my “family” member had her son dressed in a cardigan, corduroy pants, heavy coat and more. It was in the 70s. To us from Michigan it was a normal swimming day. : )
And your house being 58 sounds pretty close to our nightly 62. Some of my family still complain its cold. I suggest they wear clothes, not underwear and T-shirts to bed.

Love ya!

fairygirl February 11, 2011 at 1:43 pm

I have to agree 100%! I too refuse to turn on the heat. I stay toasty and warm in the right kind of clothing, although I’m sure I look quite funny with my various hats……after all, we lose 90% of our body heat out our heads 🙂 But it definitely pays off when I get my LOW utility bills. I have a heated mattress pad on the bed and I keep a heat pad on the back of my chair. Don’t get me wrong, there is a cut off of 50 degrees where I will take the chill out, but for the most part I make it through the winter just fine and believe I’m healthier for not keeping the house hot.

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