Sunday, December 07, 2008

The Stockings Were Hung

By the kitty on the reindeer blanket by care...


And the tree is up!


But not before Chunky got to test out the saw that Grandma and Grandpa got him as part of his toolset for his birthday.


I'm still trying to get over the fact my father, the man who convinced us if we ever ran with a pencil we would puncture our jugular vein and bleed to death if we didn't get lead poisoning first, would buy my seven year old son a tool set with a real saw! Ha ha!

Cookie makings were also purchased. The first batch will be made Thursday night!

And forgive me bloggers for we have sinned.

We caved and turned the heat on.

But thanks to the helpful tip of Elizabeth, I set the thermostat at 58 degrees.

When you're used to it being 42 degrees inside the house--58 is downright balmy! Ha ha! And when I got to thinking about it--58 degrees is a decent Alaskan Summer temperature.

Of course the heat will be turned off for the week until next weekend tonight. These ancient radiators (or RAD-iators if you want to say it Jersey Style--instead of RAID-iators like normal people) take forever to heat up that turning it on at 6:30 at night until we go to bed at 10:30 p.m. is not worth it.



Blogger Carol said...

58 degrees??!! Brrrr. But my hubby always did say I was a hot blooded mediterranean. We have furnace wars too. I want it higher and the hubby wants it lower...

8:41 PM  
Blogger whichendisup said...

gah and I thought I was thrifty with the heat, woman you are incredible! The boy is such a wuss, it CANNOT be less than 65 and is usually closer to 68 at night when he's home. Looking forward to the cookies.

8:56 PM  
Blogger Rebel said...

I'm so glad you turned on the heat... human beings were just not meant to live in the arctic!

The house looks good, and glad to see chunky using his tools productively... you could have an architecht on your hands you know!

9:04 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

I would have caved and turned the heat on ages ago. The heat is on in my apt. and I'm still frozen much so that I use a heating pad too, just like a little old lady. :)

Nice tree and stockings. Why is it that cats pose for cameras? I think its hilarious.

9:17 PM  
Blogger JRS said...

they say "rad-i-ators"?! really?

my roommates leave the thermostat on 60, but sometimes i just can't stand it anymore and go and surreptitiously turn it down. oh, how i miss living near siberia with no central heat or insulation. good for y'all. hang in there!

9:18 PM  
Blogger IrishgirlieKnits said...

Yay!! The Christmas decorations look great!!!

Love Chunky's birthday gift too!

Did someone say cookies???

9:27 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

"Rad"iators, LOL!

I can't believe you just now turned on the heat! Mine has been on for over a month now. With the ancient furnace my house is still freezing even at 68-70 degrees.

How funny that your dad actually gave Chunky a real saw!

9:30 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Chunky looks like quite the handyman with that saw!!

10:35 PM  
Anonymous NikBudnik said...

We are gonna have our first electric bill soon, after not being in base housing. Wonder how big my stroke will be after I see it? I am never one to even remotely suffer. I do belive I am about to, because well, 58 is about 20 degress less than I have set our themostat.
Prepare to hear a scream from Denver.

10:54 PM  
Blogger Kay aka dkswife said...

I'm glad you turned the heat on! My husband likes our thermo to be set around 68, but I prefer 65, so it gets see-sawed around a bit ;)

5:07 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

We keep our house cool, too - the thermostat is set for 60'F - but the upstairs (where the bedrooms are) is always colder - more like 56'F. We like lots of blankets on our beds!

6:31 AM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

Yea, rad-i-ators and crick, too. I grew up with a crick in my back yard and when I went away to college people couldn't figure out what I was talking about. Those Northern Jerseyians. They don't talk so good.

We got our tree but it won't get decorated until the 24th. A tradition started so long ago it would be saccrilage to break it now.

7:00 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

My neighbor wants us to chop down one of the fir trees in her yard for our Christmas tree - this after she cut down three trees this summer. So, I guess we get a free Christmas tree this year, but I can't help wondering why she dislikes trees so much that she's on a rampage to have them all taken down :). Hey, you think Chunky would want to bring his saw to Maine and cut me a tree?

Our thermostat is set at 55°, but with the woodstove roaring, it's usually closer to 70° in the nether regions of the house (furthest away from the woodstove). It's warmer closer to the woodstove, which is good, because my laundry wouldn't dry otherwise :).

7:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice tree and stockings. Chunkie looks like he can handle that saw real well. Can't wait for the cookies!! Love, Mom

8:48 AM  
Blogger knottygnome said...

yay for heat! i have my thermostat set at 52, but i'm pretty sure i mooch extra heat from my downstairs neighbors, b/c i haven't felt cold at all (and it's 11 outside). it's funny what the body can get used to.

8:50 AM  
Blogger Mag said...

I haven't turned on the furnace but I did use a space heater yesterday afternoon.
Safety first Chunky. I think Santa needs to send him some protective eye goggles to go with those tools. Kid sized. Remember Norm Abrams mantra....

10:55 AM  
Blogger Disco said...

A seven year old with a SAW!!!!!! Is he mad?!!! At least he looks well supervised.

Your tree looks great :0)

But, please don't talk about the lack of heating too much - it makes me cold to even read about it. Brrrr

11:24 AM  
Blogger maryannlucy said...

Yay - Christmas - the cat did a good job, and I love the tree - good work Chunky :-)

12:34 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

What a range of thermostat settings your readers have! Our daytime setting is 66, because me & the Mr are both home these days. The overnight setting is 60, because our upstairs gets really really cold if we set it much lower and the younger kid still doesn't do a good job keeping his blankets on. Typically, our furnace doesn't run much overnight at that setting.

2:16 PM  
Blogger Tactless Wonder said...

Pencils are safe looking things that can easily become horrific impaling devices when we're not careful. Saws are obviously dangerous-looking and automatically generate way more respect from people. I don't think I've ever NEEDED to be warned not to run with a saw in my hand :).

Yey for decorations!

12:15 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

We had the A/C yesterday and tonight the heat. It never ends here. I'm a wuss though and 58 would just not work.
Cool tools!

6:42 PM  

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