Donate nonperishable goods to a food bank.
Drop something reasonable in one of the Salvation Army buckets as you’re coming and going this holiday season.
I know how scary it is when the job goes away, the bills start to pile up, and you just can’t see a way out. It was terrifying, and we never even came *close* to being hungry or homeless.
I won’t check up on you – much.
In other news, my weather stripping successes have become weather stripping woes – just like that. The side door – freshly touched up, propped open or carefully buffered with waxed paper, cured for a couple of WEEKS... just had all the paint stick to the new weather stripping. So the vinyl gasket is now squashed flat and all lumpy-bumpy, the door and the frame have had the paint ripped off of it, and I’m annoyed. Oh – and the door doesn’t close properly against the weather stripping now. And I still don’t have a sweep for the bottom. Grrr! I think I’ll replace the now gunked piece of weather stripping, and I will re-repaint that section in the spring. I just can’t face it right now.
Things I have learned: A forty foot extention ladder is excessive for our house. But free was definitely the right price.
We’ve had the first fire in the woodstove, and I had the kitchen up to an overly toasty 76 degrees with the thermostat set at 62. I love my woodstove. As do the cats – they were worshipping the black cast-iron God of Heat.