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26 March 2013 @ 09:24 am

It’s snowing. In Dublin. On the 26th of March.

Good thing there’s no such thing as climate change.


Well, not really, but kind of:

In one of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, probably THE LONG WINTER, there’s a scene where Laura is bundled up in bed and she describes the level of bundling to be sufficient that only her nose pokes out so she can breathe fresh air.

I’ve spent most of my life (not, you know, constantly, but) trying to accomplish that particular bundle. The closest I can come is about 2/3rds of my face covered, with the blanket over my head and snuggled over the non-pillow side of my face and lying along my nose but not covering it. This necessarily leaves the pillow side of my face exposed, although it’s snugged into the pillow, so perhaps that’s what she meant. And yes, I realize I’m probably taking the description too literally, but it vaguely aggravates me that I can’t accomplish it. (I assume this is perfectly normal.)

Anyway, it’s so miserably cold in these bloody houses that I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately, and keep meaning to blog about it, because I know you just couldn’t go another day without understanding my pain. :)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

irishkateirishkate on March 26th, 2013 10:06 am (UTC)
Couldn't work out why it was so cold in the house yesterday and then woke up to snow - I guess it was a colder night than I thought - I should probably have turned the heat up but I bundled into bed nicely. And while I've never thought about how bundled I get I'm pretty sure I've managed something similar to Laura's version..
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on March 26th, 2013 10:08 am (UTC)
The sad thing is that those houses aren't really built for this cold. Not for it, all the time. So when it does get horrible like this, they don't keep the warmth in properly.

They also assume a proper fire in every fireplace, which is one reason not to stop all drafts.
joycependlejoycependle on March 26th, 2013 11:39 am (UTC)
If you look for camping or skiing supplies, you can probably find a fleece balaclava. Mine keeps my scalp and face toasty warm :))
kitmizkit on March 26th, 2013 11:46 am (UTC)
It's not a matter of cold so much as a matter of fixation on the scene in the book. :)
hawkwing_lb on March 26th, 2013 02:48 pm (UTC)
Snow. In late March. And these houses are not really insulated well enough to deal with extremes of weather hot or cold.

Yeah, that global climate change lark is a complete hoax, all right. Time to start investing in well-drained upland...
Andrea Blytheblythe025 on March 26th, 2013 04:42 pm (UTC)
LOL. I've tried that form of bundling too, and to no avail. Usually I just resort to trying to create a cave around my head, so it's covered, but there's airspace, but before long, I have to uncover my head to be comfortable.
deliiria: 2008 gothic cruisedeliiria on March 26th, 2013 05:15 pm (UTC)
wrap your blanket around yourself like a sleeping bag? that's the only way I can picture achieving that level of bundling...

shadowkindrd on March 26th, 2013 06:01 pm (UTC)
I've achieved that amount of coverage many times, given that I grew up in a drafty Kansas farmhouse (the carpet breathed!) as a kid, and the only furnace was in the floor of the living room.

Required for my method: two large fluffy pillows or one long body pillow, mounds of blankets.

Method: One pillow (or half the body pillow) goes under your head. Snuggle down into the blankets and make sure you can pull them up to just under your nose and up over your ears without uncovering your toes. Pull the other pillow (or the other half of the body pillow) over your head and eyes, tuck in around your head. Pull your arms in, and from the inside, make sure you are all tucked in everywhere except your nose. You've gotta breathe, after all.
saare_snowqueensaare_snowqueen on March 26th, 2013 09:02 pm (UTC)
When I lived on Crete, in the winters, I dealt with this problem by bundling up in bed with a wooly hat with ear flaps, acquired in London and socks and mittens. If you keep the top and back of your head warm it diminishes - but not completely - the coldness of the nose.
juleneifierjuleneifier on March 26th, 2013 09:44 pm (UTC)
Not climate change. I've got a friend from Montana who happens to be in Ireland right now. She just brought our weather with her. :-) Happens all the time. Nasty weather likes to follow us Montanans.