Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.
My Grandma Mama had a house with walls made from cardboard and newspaper. Similar to the walls in this photo from the library of congress.
Or like this photo also from the library of congress. Her house’s walls were much nicer. The walls were perfectly smooth. She knew how to make good wallpaper paste and was meticulous in her work.
We had a pot belly stove in the center of the house and a wood cook stove in the kitchen. During the day we felt warm with both stoves having fire in them but late in the evening the fires were banked to keep only the embers hot. It could get quite cold in rooms away from the stoves.
Grandma Mama was also a quilt maker. In the cold winter there were quilts everywhere. In the fall she took down the summer curtains and hung quilts over the windows. The windows were quite drafty. She called it her fall cleaning. She put quilts on the beds and sometimes hung quilts over doors and on the walls. Grandma Mama was my frugal hero so I do as much like her as possible.
The first hint of colder weather has come to our area. Pleasant days and cool nights. I learned a long time ago to expect the worst possible winter and hope we don’t get it.
I started my fall cleaning by taking down the curtains from my bedroom windows. I checked the plastic to see that it was ok for another year.
I washed the curtains and window quilts. Wouldn’t you just know it, the quilts shrank. Lucky it was only the length that shrank not the width. I sewed a piece on one end and put them up on the windows. Then put up the heavy velour curtains too. One quilt is pulled up and the other is down to show how they look. I open them in the morning and close them in the evening.
You’d be surprised how much warmer a room feels with plastic, quilts, and heavy curtains on old single pane windows. I’m not quite ready to change the bed coverings from summer to winter. I’m planning to hold off as long as possible before using the furnace. I’d love to get by without turning it on at all but I know that’s near impossible. I’ll be doing more winter prepping as time allows.
How about you? Have you started your winter prepping yet?