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.