Getting frosty 6


It’s been a long time since I allowed myself one of my trademark rants. So as summer draws to a close, I’m allowing myself one.

Someone needs to tell Mother Nature that summer doesn’t officially end until Tuesday. The last couple days it’s been dipping down to single digits at night time. It was three degrees when I got up yesterday morning. (That’s the high 30s for you Fahrenheit-types.) This morning, I swear there was frost on the grass.

Our bedroom has been freezing, but I’ll be danged if I turn on the furnace when it’s still officially summer. Heck, I had the air conditioner running last week!

Gizmo Guy and I have a temperature war going on most nights. I’m always freezing cold while he’s sweating. He pushes the blanket or duvet off while I’m pulling it up. The last two nights however? He’s grabbing the blanket and hauling it over him when I pull it up. (Why is it he won’t reach down and grab it himself but waits for me to reach around in the dark to find it?)

We’ve got one of those fuzzy velour microfibre blanket thingies. It was nice when we first got it, but it wore out really quickly and now there are thin spots and holes forming in it. It wasn’t a cheap one, but it sure hasn’t lasted. So yesterday we went out looking for a “real blanket”. You know, the ones we used to use as kids? Made of wool? With the wide strip of silk around the edge?

Did you know I couldn’t find a single wool blanket in any of the stores we checked. Not even our Hudson’s Bay – the company world famous for its trademark Hudson’s Bay blankets. Maybe because a couple years ago it was bought out by a US firm who has decided to turn it into any other bland box store?

My mother still has sheets and blankets she was given as wedding presents – still in really good shape, except perhaps for the silk around the edges which she has replaced. She’s been married 54 years. My blanket – the velour thing? I think it’s lasted 5 years. Which is probably why they’ve stopped selling the wool ones.

It’s only September. I’ll be damned if I’m putting our winter duvet on the bed at this stage – besides it’s too heavy and too warm for fall.

Maybe I’ll buy a couple sheep and learn how to card and spin wool and make my own.


6 thoughts on “Getting frosty

  • elaing8

    I know how you feel Leah.Its so cold at night now.We had a crappy rainy summer,I was hoping Sept,Oct would make up for it. I'm still crossing my fingers it will get warm again.
    I loved those Bay blankets.I had one when I was a kid,they were so warm.I didn't know we can't buy them anymore.
    LOL on the spinning wheel.
    Have a great day,stay warm.

  • Leah Braemel

    I'm hoping that you can still buy the HB blankets (crossing my fingers that my local store hadn't got them in stock, or maybe were sold out?) I saw them last year in the main Toronto store (in the basement of the one that used to be the Simpsons store on Yonge St.) So they were still around, but they were in the 'tourist' section, not the bedding section 🙁 If I can't find them locally, it'll be a major disappointment.

  • Susan Helene Gottfried

    I'll make you a deal. You learn how to do the wool work and I'll buy the stuff.

    I'm sure we can find a wool blanket already made. Somewhere.

  • Laney4

    Hi, Leah!
    I live in Southern Ontario so totally understand about the temperature dipping (here too) to the one-digit numbers this past week. We too had the air conditioning on until last Tuesday.
    I've been keeping my windows open in the house throughout the day until about 10 pm. Then I close them all up so we can sleep without hearing the cars racing past. My DH, the one who's always hot (in more ways than one, ha ha), has not thrown the covers. I, on the other hand, the one who's always cold (but not frigid, ha ha), still pull my SLEEPING BAG up over my shoulders. I have found that the weight of the bag helps soothe my legs at night, plus helps my feet and legs to warm up, whereas these newer duvets have not done the trick. I think I need the weight, and a sleeping bag works for me (with the slippery side up so it doesn't slide onto the floor).
    I too miss Hudson's Bay and grew up with that blanket noted above. I keep flannel sheets on my bed all year long now but want my face cool. Contrary, I know, especially in July/August.
    Good luck this fall. Do enjoy this "I'm not paying for air conditioning" and "I'm not paying for heating" for as long as you can! You are not alone!

  • Wylie Kinson

    I am LOVING the cool nights!!
    Aren't I contrary 🙂
    The a/c is off and my south-west exposure bedroom just bakes during the day so if it wasn't for that chilly breeze at night I'd be a broiled ham in the morning.
    (Mmmmm… bacon)

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