When I was growing up, folks didn’t hang out at home wearing just their underwear. As an example, tee shirts were worn only as underwear or in school gym class. Tee shirts we hidden from view under a real shirt the rest of the time, including at home.
Folks wore tee shirts as the first of several layers of clothing. Men folk going to work at the office in the winter wore a tee shirt, dress shirt, suit jacket and a tie. Plus, an over coat, hat, scarf and gloves over top when going outdoors.
People always had boots, shoes or slippers on their feet, even at home. When you got home, in the evening, you’d kick off your shoes and put on penny loafers or slippers. Now days, folks walk around home with their toes hanging out.
When the house cooled off overnight, the bare wood floors were a cold shock in the morning. You needed to have slippers ready to jump into. The linoleum on the kitchen floor was even colder for bare feet.
A wool sweater over top of a dress shirt was high-class winter evening wear at home. The layered look was not a fashion statement it was for warmth.
Most folks now days don’t even own a pair of long johns. We sure had them when I was growing up. At least one pair of white long underwear had blue stains from the knees on down. The blue dye was from wearing blue jeans that got soaked through from snow and slush.
If you go farther back in history, women used to wear a headscarf and men a nightcap when they went to bed. They piled on the blankets and slept with just their nose sticking out. It looks funny in old movies, but it was warmer than going bare headed.
Vests are another useful item, that you don't much see any more. They add warmth and more pockets to loose things in.
Set your thermostat no higher than 68 degrees when you are home. Dress in layers to be comfortable at that temperature.
Set the thermostat at a much lower the temperature when you go to bed or when you are not at home. We set ours at 62 an hour before bedtime.
Then we hide under a quilt and a couple of blankets. One of the blankets is an electric that we use to preheat the bed before we crawl in. When the bed I warmed up, we turn the electric blanket off.
Electric mattress pads work like the electric blanket, just from the bottom up. They provide good therapy for old bones.
The quilt and blankets keep us plenty warm enough. There is one more blanket ready to use in case of overnight power failure that knocks out the furnace.
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