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Did I leave the Window Open?

Monday, January 21, 2013

My vacation/retirement home here in NC is in much better shape since I bought it in 2008. I've added a screened, roofed porch to the deck. And when water damage destroyed the subfloor in both bathrooms and laundry room, restoration involved putting in 2 new bathrooms. I took advantage of the house being torn up to replace the 13 year old low grade blue shag carpet.

Even so, it took me 5 hours to warm up yesterday after going to the pool. I took a LONG hot shower, put on layers with a wool sweater on the outside, and ate a warm comforting supper. I didn't get warm until I wet to bed under piles of blankets. I wondered if I was finally giving in to the flu.

No, this morning I feel great and I'm torn between staying here to watch the inauguration and going to the gym. But sitting here in the recliner with frigid air blowing out of the central heat vents makes me wonder if I left a window open somewhere, or if I should retreat back to Florida.

I did that in 1971 when I was renting half of a barn of a house. I closed off the living room and slept on the couch near the huge old heater that blew no air. Showering was next to impossible. In the spring when I ventured through the dining room to the kitchen to make a pot of coffee, I noticed a window wide open. I swear I didn't do it. I think a thief opened it and left after finding nothing worth stealing.

So this morning, I started a fire in the fireplace. I love that fireplace. I haven't gotten to use it much because I'm usually here in the spring and summer. We were snowbound one year at Christmas and had the fireplace roaring every morning and evening. But this trip, I noticed the button. You know, a little silver push button? Anyway, I'm glad I found it because it is now actually BLOWING wam air into all cold corners of this house.

I'll have to start a fire when I get home this evening and remember the blower switch. Maybe I'll warm up faster. And next summer, I'll find someone to make sure the insulation and ductwork are intact under the house.

It all makes me think of my journey toward health and weight loss. From Jan. 1 - 4 I lost six pounds. I wondered if I had found that blower button that just blows away the pounds. But since then, the scale had been standing at attention, no gain or loss since January 4. I started looking around for the open window, something I was doing or had forgotten and wasn't doing. And then, this morning, the scale reported another pound has melted away to that large hole in the ground.

I'm taking this lesson with me as I continue on my quest for that last piece to the puzzle that will help me unearth the slim healthy me. I might still need to retreat to the warmth in Florida before the planned time of exodus, but I will NOT give up and say, "Why bother" if the SP journey seems to be halted or derailed for a while. I'll just need to make sure I didn't leave the window open!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PAHOOT 1/23/2013 7:17AM

    Well, fat busting button sounds lovely but I think we are all out of luck on that one. I, too, am wintering away from home and have no scales. Actually, that's pretty freeing as I have to figure out if I'm losing by the pain caused by my waistbands! If it hurts, I'm obviously eating too much! Love your blog.

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ANGEL1066 1/21/2013 7:05PM

    I'm looking for that button, too, lol! I love your analogy, and will look for my own open windows, too, now that I am feeling less rough. God Bless, and keep whittling away!

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LAURAAT 1/21/2013 3:44PM

    What a great analogy! Thanks for sharing :)

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CHRISTINASP 1/21/2013 11:30AM

    Very nice blog. I'm glad you're finding ways to keep warm!

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CHRISTINASP 1/21/2013 11:30AM

    Very nice blog. I'm glad you're finding ways to keep warm!

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ALICIA214 1/21/2013 11:30AM


Amen to that!!! emoticon

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LINDSEYJ 1/21/2013 11:20AM

    " Oh, please, someone show me that button that blows away the fat. HA!" Bwahahahaha!!!

I'm a Texas girl living in Washington, and some days I just put on my warm winter hat and never take it off! There is also a new fad of fingerless gloves, and those are nice to wear around the house.

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NEEDBU66 1/21/2013 11:15AM

    Oh, please, someone show me that button that blows away the fat. HA! emoticon

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