Oh my word, it´s managed to get even colder today. Every year this comes as a surprise to me, lulled as I am into a false sense of security during the long, long hot summer.
My hands are still cold, and I forgot to ask my friend who can crochet about doing some fingerless gloves for me. I really am not built for the cold weather. What I really need to do is migrate each year like a bird; I need two homes. I think the second one should be in Australia, in Queensland , where my friend lives. As this feels like a need rather than a want, I´m thinking of setting up a “Help Judy get a second home” appeal. Ok, I know you can probably all think of more urgent appeals elsewhere, but just in case you have a shed load of cash somewhere, and don´t know what to do with it, I thought I´d let you know of one place you could send it – to my bank account.
Failing this appeal being successful, and I must admit to not being too hopeful, I am going to have to sort out a way of keeping warmer. My house actually has a lovely wood burner, so I suppose I had better phone the wood man. I also need someone young, male and in need of some extra cash to chop it up for me. I´m not being wimpy here, but a frozen shoulder – which has remained frozen for 18 months now – does put wood chopping off my list.
My other choices are a portable gas heater or a lovely table with a brazero underneath. If you´re not sure what a brazero is, read about it here. The advantages of these two options are of course that they are easier. I don´t have to cross the palm of my neighbour Jesús with a decent amount of cash to chop wood for me, and I don´t need to clean either of these out in a freezing cold house every morning. The down side is that neither of these actually heat the whole house, and don´t get the temperature up as high and lovely as the log burner does.
So I have a bit of a dilemma here. I suppose I could get married and have my man see to the wood burner for me, but it does seem a bit of a dramatic solution…..and in any case, what would I do with him when the Spring comes? That´s not even taking into account that I would have to find him within the next week, before I freeze to death. And let me tell you, that would not be an easy task…..for many reasons including the fact that I don´t really want to get married, and that might show; I don´t know any single men, well I do but they are not strong enough for wood cutting; I am an artist who is also probably slightly crazy, and I don´t cook much. So all in all, the marriage idea is going to work about as well as my “Help Judy Get a Second Home” appeal.
Well, that’s enough worry for today, I´ll fire up the gas heater and start on my new painting. I´m thinking of a portrait this time. I´ll think about the heating problem some more later……….
Have a good day everyone,