|protecting the house from flooding with straw mulch|
I received my gas bill the other day for January. It had skyrocketed! I was pretty shocked. I normally pay about thirty dollars a month. If it's cold, I expect the bill to go up to about fifty dollars. This one was for seventy-three. Yikes!
I realized that I had been turning on the heat more often than I usually do. It's comforting to feel warm and cozy. I wear a flannel nightgown to sleep, and put on a red, twenty year old cashmere bathrobe each morning. Even though I sit on the couch with an alpaca throw in my lap, I like to take the chill off of the room by turning on the heater. I switch the thermostat to 70 degrees when I pad into the kitchen, which is usually very early in the morning. It's still dark, and the air is chilly. I love that time of the day. It's quiet and peaceful.
I realized that because of all of this rain that we've been having, I used my gas dryer a few times. Normally I hang all of my washing outside on the clothesline. It really does save money to not use the dryer. I'm glad that I have one, though. It's a thirty year old Kenmore, and is so reliable and dependable. We really needed the rain, so I am grateful. It has been plentiful and healing for the earth. The ground was so parched and dry for so long.
I have probably also been using more gas for cooking. I love to make bone broths and soups. I will do better with my usage next month. At least it's a small house. My dad said that his heat bill was something like $300.00! His house is much bigger than mine, and it has two stories.
Our street was like a river today. I drove over to Fox Feed and bought two bales of straw. I spread it out in front of the house to absorb all of that extra water. It acts like a sponge. I also put a heavy layer of it on the porch, so that my front room doesn't flood. If I don't do it, the water will come in underneath the front door, and the carpet will be soaked. It's an inexpensive but effective solution. Once the weather warms up again, I will rake it up and use it in the chicken coop and compost pile.
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