The other day my wife and I were talking at the dining room table. Yes, I actually do talk with my wife occasionally. We started counting the ways that she saves energy in our house.
She insulates the house by filling the bookcases and piling up quilting books and magazine along the walls. I wonder what the R factor is for 10 inches of books and magazines.
She insulates other walls of the house with boxes of fabric for future quilting projects. She keeps her ever growing fabric stash in plastic tote boxes all organized by some esoteric color matching scheme. Anyway, the upstairs walls now have thick fabric insulation.
She insulates other walls by displaying finished quilts hung on horizontal poles that are my job to furnish. Then she tells me that we need more walls.
She insulates the beds with nice warm quilts that allow us to keep the thermostat low on winter nights. This is purrrrfectly fine with me.
She closes the windows that I open for fresh air in the winter. She claims that a six-inch snowdrift on the windowsill is too much.
She actually wears sweaters, socks and her lamb’s wool lined slippers around the house to keep warm in spite of the padlock that I put on the thermostat. When she wears her down filled parka, in the house, I know that the thermostat is set too low.
She warms her hands, on her sewing machine light bulb, so frozen fingers will not stop progress on the next quilt. If her fingers do get frozen, she thaws them out by wrapping them around a mug of hot tea.
She makes window quilts that we hang up to block the cold winter air on frigid nights.
She saves our energy by keeping my heart warm.
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