What a difference some heat makes. It has been getting colder and colder here in Osaka. Not really bad if one goes by Hokkaido, New York, Canada, places like that standards, thankfully I am not in those places, so for me, it is Cold! True, even in Alameda, Ca it was around the 50 F. Degrees at times . On rare occasions high 40. Anyway, this is what I miss about CA right now. Well that and a good pizza, Cheeses, Indian food, Mexican Food, Trader Joes, Whole Foods, being able to buy in bulk and not having a fixed income. Maybe a few misc things I will not go into, but mostly the food, and the warmth. Otherwise I am enjoying Japan. More so everytime I hear about some of the weirdness and Crap that is happening in the states, like this and this and this, this and of course this. However I digress. The subject is warmth ! For the last few weeks temps have been dropping and I walked around the house, like I was dressed for outdoors. Funny thing is many times it was warmer outside than in the house, and not funny like smiley face haha but funny like how weird is that/ this.
I picked up an electric space heater before the weather changed a couple of months ago, when I first started thinking about winter creeping in. A good move, It saved us, and was helpful for some degree of comfort. However, we knew it would not be enough for the full face of winter, come Dec, Jan, Feb!
I was for picking up another larger space heater. LZ did research. We were close to settling on one. I mention that a kerosene heater was a better choice for heat, however they smelled and left a film in the house, also one needed to buy oil and fill it every so often. That is not really a big thing but it is something to consider. LZ went to work researching and found a newer model, which is fan powered for the distributing the heat and it has an ECO setting. which means that it does not just run all the time. it can be set at a temp and it will cycle on and off around that. Totally cool (warm in this case) She compared what the operational cost are next to the Electric and it was only a few pennies different. For the comfort no contest! The unit we picked up had high reviews from her research. It is a unit that will heat a wooden house twice the size of ours. We made the sacrifice and made the purchase from a company she found on line. The cost was cheaper than a smaller unit of the same brand purchased local. Awww yeah!
We used it over the weekend and are totally pleased and comfortable warm. We keep the settling low and still wear sweaters but now the a whole room is comfortable, not just a spot in front of the heater. The rest of the house we keep curtained off unless using to save heat. What a difference some heat makes on ones perspectiveve of life and having a home. We can even invite our limited amount of friends over once we get more settled. It is Thanksgiving season in the States. I have been grateful a lot even just surviving to this spot over the last year, even with our losses. Just thinking a few months ago we sat out on the ocean, surrounded by nothing but water, and cold wondering, when we would see land again.
This living in a house again, with food, dry, warm, a comfortable bed, a small Christmas tree, and a nice view of the garden is a lot of everyday Gratitude, that does not need a special day named after it. Thanksgiving is daily _/|\_