It has been getting down into the low 40's outside at night and has stayed around 60 outside during the day. So we broke down & turned on the heat yesterday. I wanted to get some of that plastic insulation on the windows first (we had some from last year), but we couldn't find it. I didn't want to buy more because it's expensive, and I figured as soon as we bought more, we'd find the old stuff. I'm still not sure what to do with the door to the porch. I don't really want to seal it off completely because I like going out there, even in the cold.
I'm one of those cold people. I can put on 3 sweaters, and I'm still cold. My fingers freeze easily and then I can't use them. We also have a 1 year old who refuses to sleep with a blanket on (we try putting it on after he's sleeping, and he kicks it off, sometimes waking himself up in frustration). So in our budget, we make sure to budget well for heat.
I decided to pull out the heavy sweaters & turtlenecks this morning, and guess what I found in the basement? The window insulation! So we'll have to install that tonight during our 2 weekly TV shows, Prison Break and the Sarah Connor Chronicles, that is - if I can locate the hair dryer (which is required for installation).
Sidenote: I enjoyed this post over at Unclutterer about whether or not you should keep your yearbooks. I have 3 small yearbooks, which Roy once told me I should get rid of. I balked at the very suggestion! When I was a kid, I loved looking through my parent's yearbooks. Of course, they were cool, and I was a loser, so maybe my kids won't enjoy it as much. But still, I'm keeping those things!