Well it is december and Christmas is fast approaching! OMG presents to buy, cards to write.... oh no I just remembered, I have the cards I wrote out last year and forgot to give out... saved one job (I just have to check the names on the envelope).
We live in a rather deceptively large 3 floor cape cod style house. Approximately 2,500 square feet. Our equalized electricity bill is $369 per month (that is all cooking, lighting, most of the heating etc...). Well last year when they announced it would be 369 per month I decided enough was enough and we would have to take measures to reduce our demand and bill. Electricity rates are only going one way UP. The result of turning off the TV at the socket (so it isnt on standby) and chasing around switching off lights in empty rooms, purchasing an 600w oil filled radiator and using that to heat the lounge rather than radiant heat in the ceiling (stupid idea) has left us $700 in credit . They will not give us the money back but we should get zero money for two months in the new year. I am planning to look at more ways to reduce our electricity demand in 2011.
It is Eggnog Season again for those of you who have always wondered what the heck Eggnog is is a sweetened drink made with milk and/or cream, sugar and beaten eggs (which gives it a frothy texture), and flavoured with ground cinnamon and nutmeg. It is not Advocaat. Although you can add rum / brandy to it to spice it up a little. The French name for it is Poulet-Lait (Chicken Milk). The girls love it and drink lots when Jules buys it. I get the odd small glass but it isnt something I would drink everyday.
Winter is everywhere it seems, the UK is blanketed in snow and temperatures plummenting to -20c. Bringing the usual chaos in its wake. Here we also received snow pretty early and -11c temperatures. But today the temperate has soared to +7c accompanied with rain and it has washed all the snow away. Oh well it will be back again soon enough. It does give me more time to pack in some more wood to replenish what we have used in November.