Monday, March 10, 2008

E is for....

E is for Electric Blanket

Electric Blanket.

I love my electric blanket. What you might find interesting is that I had it before I moved to Iowa. I bought it in San Antonio -- one day several years ago, while walking through Sears, I saw a display of electric blankets. I don't think I had ever seen one in San Antonio, and figured it was a sign that I should buy one. I even used it in Texas, where my house, like most there, was poorly insulated and drafty. (I've always wondered why builders in Texas don't seem to realize that good insulation would help air conditioner efficiency, too.) In San Antonio, though, I rarely turned it higher than 3 on the dial, while 5 or 6 has been the norm this winter.

I grew up in an old, drafty house. The bedroom my sister and I shared was on the north corner and, in my memory at least, I spent every night curled up in a ball under a pile of blankets. I was always cold. Sometime after I left for college -- maybe it was even after I was married -- I came home to find that the entire family had electric blankets. I was amazed and wondered why this solution hadn't been thought of years earlier!

7 comments:

Linda the Sister said...

Yeah, Mom and Dad rued the day they got me that electric blanket. I wore it around my shoulders all around the house, plugging it wherever I sat down. I even used it when we were eating supper, which kind of ticked Mom off!

That front bedroom was COOOOLLLLLD.

Chris said...

I remember having an electric blanket in our cold, cold wood-heated farmhouse growing up. Now I really enjoy my down comforter...

Bezzie said...

I like to pre-heat my bed with mine. OUrs are barely a year old--but the definitely help when I don't turn the heat on!

And I'm thinking this post is a sign that I should call in sick today (I am sick) and curl up under my electric blanket.

NeedleDancer said...

Hmmm... there's a thought.
I make do with down and warm jammies.

Ian said...

I like it just barely cool as long as the covers are warm enough. Now that's a good sleeping environment!

P.S. - Pardade! ;^)

Rebekah said...

We often had electric blankets growing up in Iowa, until mom freaked out that they would burn down the house.

Love the kitty balet picture and kitty yarn pictures..

twig said...

I don't think I've ever used an electric blanket. But I do have a waterbed and I keep that warm in the winter and cool in the summer so that it never matters what the temperature is outside the bed because I'm perfectly comfie in bed.