OK! Its Cold. Yesterday morning our house was 52 degrees. Yes, inside. No big surprise---we've been here before. So, without meaning to freeze the fantasy of those seeking their dream in a rambling 200 year old farmhouse...please be advised. Even if you gut the house back to the frame...re-insulate the traditionally thin walls and install brand new and alternative and supplemental heat systems and put in all new ultra efficient windows...you will still be cold. Well--actually if you have more money than us and can afford to then fully insulate the attic floor and the basement ceiling with R-30 and truly believe that the rodents won't carry it all away within 2 years....then you might have at least a fighting chance. But truth be told we ran out of extra funds for renovations a few years ago and thus, it is every winter when we hit the SUB ZERO stretch, that we start crunching numbers and trying to promise ourselves that we will save this year and do those insulation projects before next winter....lottery tickets anyone?? Here's an idea, I'll house swap someone with a 1000 square foot energy efficient new house who is craving my rambling old farmhouse for one winter....and we'll compare notes. Mind you, I wouldn't give up my acres and my privacy and my animals...the few days of slight discomfort is probably worth it....but I do fantasize about stoking one single Jotul and burning only 2-4 cord of wood a year. If you are in this boat---count your blessings---they are many!
So we wear layers, indoors, and wool hats and when I type or play piano for any time my fingers go cold. And its pretty hard to get out of bed...not to mention step out of a shower. But this too shall pass and we'll be back in the sweltering 20s and this "cold snap" will be nothing more than a memory of fortitude and new england grit and determination.
Stay warm friends!