It’s cool and chilly outside today. It actually feels like fall.
I think I have SAD. I’m not a fan of cold weather or winter. I can’t stand gray, dreary days trapped in the house. It makes me anxious and depressed to think of the looming winter.
This afternoon I managed to light our gas fireplace in the livingroom. I’ve never had a gas fireplace before. We haven’t turned the heat on in the house yet, and I just decided to close all of the windows and put on a sweatshirt today when it was 48 degrees out at breakfast time.
Something about living in a cabin with no insulation has steeled us. My kids never get cold! Since it’s supposed to be in the low 70’s after this weekend I thought I would try out the fireplace instead of cranking up the heat.
Who knew it would be so difficult to figure out how to turn the thing on?
I finally posted on Nextdoor and asked the neighborhood if anyone could tell me how it worked. I guess that’s one small benefit of living in a cookie cutter subdivision–everyone has the same appliances and features in their house!
Someone responded right away and told me the bottom vent of the fireplace comes off and that the pilot light controls are hidden in there, under the fireplace. I knew it had to be somewhere obvious I wasn’t looking!
I was scared the house would blow up when I tried to light it because it didn’t light on the first four hundred sparks, but luckily that didn’t happen and it’s now lit, and it’s surprisingly toasty. I think I’m going to love it this winter!
This is our first winter living in the north. Kentucky winters are hit or miss with the snow. Some winters we get a few snowfalls of 3-6 inches, occasionally about every ten years or so we get 10-15 inches in one big snowfall. Every 5 to 10 years we’ll get a terrible ice storm. Some winters we just have cold rain.
People in the Columbus area have informed me that about an hour north of where we live they get hammered with snow all winter, but here it can go either way. I’m getting the sense that winter is taken more seriously here than it is in Kentucky because I’m noticing the stores suddenly have very large sections of puffy coats, snow suits, and other winter gear.
In Kentucky we didn’t really buy winter gear beyond a pair of gloves to keep hands warm and a light winter coat. Nothing extravagant, and the kids didn’t always need boots. If the winter looked like it was going to be a snowy one we might buy everyone boots…but it’s easier to just wear your regular shoes and put newspaper bags or bread bags on your feet to stay dry.
So my dilemma is now trying to decide if we should buy snowsuits and warm boots for Columbus. Is it really necessary? I don’t really have extra money to waste if they won’t be needed. We have sleds, but I’ve noticed there are no hills here. It’s FLAT. We had gigantic foothill sized hills at home in Kentucky to sled down and it was fun, fun, fun.
This house seems like it will be very warm over the winter. There are absolutely no drafts! After living in a cabin without insulation where the wind blew right through, and then living in a 1903 Victorian house with very high ceilings and original drafty windows…well, this cookie cutter suburb house is a huge change.
The fireplace heated it up to 76 degrees in here and now it’s too hot! At our last house we had the heat set at 67 and it ran non-stop over the winter just to keep up.
Of course it hasn’t actually gotten cold out yet, only in the upper 40’s. Hah.
Completely off topic, here are a few pictures of the kids from last week: