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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 27th Sep 12, 9:06 PM
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    Preparing for winter IV
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    • 27th Sep 12, 9:06 PM
    Preparing for winter IV 27th Sep 12 at 9:06 PM
    Hi everyone,

    As the last 'preparing for winter' thread has now grown very long, I think it's time for a new one, and what better time of year to begin to prepare than the end of September.

    So here goes....a shiny new thread. Please post below all your preparations for winter. If you want to read through the tips on the older threads you can find them here:

    Preparing for Winter

    Preparing for winter II

    Preparing for winter III

    Other links that may help:

    the ice man cometh! (merged with keeping warm)

    Things that worked or didn't work last winter

    Frugal but happy in winter?

    Winter checklist

    Lets hope it's a good one for all of us.

    Pink
    Last edited by Pink.; 19-08-2013 at 6:01 PM.
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  • Popperwell
    Thanks for jogging my memory! .... must keep an eye out as my workplace usually offers them (but limited places) - similar to you, have one of those pesky medical conditions that makes the immune system not function properly and also a singleton which makes being ill (esp walking the dog!) a nightmare.
    Originally posted by rising from the ashes
    Yes that's me my condition all caused by an immune system problem...and spotted too late before my kidneys were affected...and probably like me you are on strong medication.

    Usually its a walk in clinic rather than having to book.
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    • carlislelass
    • By carlislelass 28th Sep 12, 9:12 PM
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    carlislelass
    Our GP is doing flu jabs 1/10 (am) and 10/10(pm)...appointments only, no drop in this year
  • Skint yet Again
    morning all! love the thread, will be popping by to see everyone's ideas for keeping cosy in the chilly season. I've not done too much prep yet, haven't had chance as we've been busy moving house. But hopefully my dad's going to come and sort out the loft insulation (we have some but it needs spreading out, and I don't fancy going up there with all the spiders!) and have rang a company about getting some free cavity wall insulation.

    Has anybody had any good / bad experiences with cavity wall insulation?

    Keep cosy!

    Jo x
    Originally posted by pixie__girlie
    I had free cavity wall insulation and notice the house is warmer, but rarely get spiders thankfully.

    Have washed our furry throws and they have been in use already in the evenings. I also shut my curtains at dusk. Heating has been tested but not "on" yet. Usually find a jumper/fleece and throws keep us warm for a while yet.

    Its supposed to be a nice day here in the south tomorrow so as well as normal washing I am going to dig the winter tog duvets out of storage and air them outside. It has been getting colder in the night and I'm back to wearing fleecy pjs. Bed socks are at the ready . Ive found gloves and scarves and am going to wash them out tomorrow too, as I suffer pain in my neck and hands when its cold and its been chilly several mornings this week. I'm going to give my slippers a wash too as have noticed feet getting cold, and will wash summer dressing gown and pack away and get out thicker winter one.

    Car has had an mot and service this week. Advisory to get new front tires in the next few thousand miles, so will probably get some new ones put on before xmas. I dont do many miles locally but I do drive "up norf" to visit family at xmas time so tread will help if we get bad weather

    Bought DS a new winter coat a few weeks ago in sale. Mine is still good for another year, and have dug out boots from storage and heels/soles should last another winter. I noticed Pound1and and 99p store have gloves/scarves/hats in this week. Always handy to have a spare pair in the house & car and some really nice ones good for stocking fillers
  • Popperwell
    Just checked...walk in clinic for two weeks 8.30am-Noon 1.00pm-5.30pm and even Saturdays 9am 11.30am so that's not bad...
    "A government afraid of its citizens is a Democracy. Citizens afraid of government is tyranny!" ~Thomas Jefferson

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  • Skint yet Again
    My GP is doing flu clinics in alphabetical order this year - mine is sat 6th oct between 9.30-10.15. Hopefully this will reduce the queue which is usually out the door and round the corner
  • bossymoo
    I'm not eligible this year but I heard Asda are doing them...
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  • helen jelly
    Thanks for the new thread.

    I followed last year but ran out of money/time and still have things to do

    List for the next week -
    1. Sort and wash all winter coats
    2. Get the gloves/hats out of the garage and sort/wash
    3. Go up into the loft and hunt for the quilts that must be up there cos I can't find them anywhere else and we have a small house so they should be easy to spot!!


    Job to do by the end of the month - start lining the curtains

    We've had the heating on here in the mornings and early evenings just to take the chill off - rads are all turned down low and some are off completely

    Away now to bookmark this thread :]]

    Helen
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    1st fair on 13/4/14
  • MoonJelly
    I am elegible for the flu jab on account of my asthma and will have it done the week after next. DS had a flu jab a year ago and had such a bad reaction that the GP recommended that my son should never have the flu jab ever again (!?). I guess I'll just have to pump the kid with vitamin C and echinacea to build up his resistance to bugs...

    As for winter, I got a microwavable stuffed toy to keep DS warm -he loves it! It doesn't warm up the bed as I had hoped but since DS cuddles it for sleep it keeps him cozy. His feet area is cold so I may have to get a second wheat bag for this, or use a traditional hot water bottle and take it out before he gets into bed.

    I had all storage heaters serviced and prepped. I also got fleece to hang behind the blinds in the kitchen (to be used at night only to avoid creating unnecessary condensation while cooking). Next month I will get fleece for the rest of the house and thermal underwear.
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  • Popperwell
    I am elegible for the flu jab on account of my asthma and will have it done the week after next. DS had a flu jab a year ago and had such a bad reaction that the GP recommended that my son should never have the flu jab ever again (!?). I guess I'll just have to pump the kid with vitamin C and echinacea to build up his resistance to bugs...

    As for winter, I got a microwavable stuffed toy to keep DS warm -he loves it! It doesn't warm up the bed as I had hoped but since DS cuddles it for sleep it keeps him cozy. His feet area is cold so I may have to get a second wheat bag for this, or use a traditional hot water bottle and take it out before he gets into bed.

    I had all storage heaters serviced and prepped. I also got fleece to hang behind the blinds in the kitchen (to be used at night only to avoid creating unnecessary condensation while cooking). Next month I will get fleece for the rest of the house and thermal underwear.
    Originally posted by MoonJelly
    Mum never bothered with the jab and I only started in recent years...so I suppose I should continue...

    Did you see what I posted about fleeces(I forget where)but a friend on my blog suggested the following. Perhaps it could help.

    "Actually, this particular project is fine for folks who don't do much sewing. You can use a yarn or tapestry needly which is big and yarn which is much easier to work with. I just used a whip stitch which is the easiest one.

    I also made one for my brother who gets horrible ache in his legs when the weather is cold or damp.

    I took two and sewed them end to end, then flipped one end up to make a pocket and sewed up the pocket-sides. He sticks his feet into the pocket and the backside of it keeps his calves warm, the front then goes over his legs so it keeps him warm when he watches TV. So easy and cheap and it works really well.

    Lots of things you can do with fleece."

    Here's an unusual idea for getting ready for winter...

    http://uk.lifestyle.yahoo.com/autumn-skincare-skin-problems-solutions-dry-combination.html
    "A government afraid of its citizens is a Democracy. Citizens afraid of government is tyranny!" ~Thomas Jefferson

    "Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in" ~ Alan Alda
  • Popperwell
    For anyone interested Peacocks have some more fleece Dressing Gowns and they are so soft and warm(They are more like a cashmere feel)in the men's department I have DG already but may get a spare.
    "A government afraid of its citizens is a Democracy. Citizens afraid of government is tyranny!" ~Thomas Jefferson

    "Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in" ~ Alan Alda
  • singlestep
    I've just put on my brushed cotton bedlinen as I've been feeling the cold.

    My weekend task (alongside the big pile of work I've brought home) is to make a to-do list for my upcoming week off. I usually do some clothes shopping, sort out my store cupboards and defrost my freezer/cook batches of something every day to stock it up again.

    Some of my work clothes are really past their best, so hopefully, I find something I like but cheap enough for any pen stains not to be a disaster. I also make a head start on Christmas shopping - even if it's just a token box of chocolates or tin of biscuits, it makes me feel better!
  • MarilynMonroe
    Whoohoo shiny new thread, thought I had lost everybody!

    Well tonight I've ordered an undersheet quilted mattress protector and had to buy another pyramid cat bed as one cat has nicked it from the kitten and there has been major stroppy huffs going on!

    *My long coat came

    I've been a bit cold on a night and been waking up several times. I was considering another quilt over but I have got a 15 tog now and a fleecey blanket, I should be warm enough you'ld think.
    Need to buy some brushed cotton sheets and quilt sets I think.

    Stay snug x
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  • Skint yet Again
    Well I woke about an hour ago feeling cold, with a cold Am glad I had stocked up on cold and flu tablets from land ...will def have to get thicker duvet on for tonight *sniffle. Hopefully will doze off again in a bit once pills start working

    Seems weird talking about preparing for winter when at the same time I'm preparing DS for trip to SAfrica with college, so have just bought him sun cream in sale and ordered cheapo flip flops from @mazon under 2 delivered
  • cuddlymarm
    Hi everyone

    Hopefully the flu season won't be nasty this year but my GP told me that once you start having the flu jab its a good idea to carry on cos your body will be used to it (not sure whether that means you stand a better chance of catching it once you stop though)

    Boots costs 12.99 and usually have plenty of appointments ( I work on the theory of it costing a couple of hours at minimum pay against losing a couple of weeks work if you do catch it and of course flu can be nasty and knock you sideways for months)

    On this gloomy note I better get ready for work
    Have a good day everyone
    Cuddles
  • roddydogs
    According to the Express next week is below freezing & Snow.
  • Ellie83
    As for winter, I got a microwavable stuffed toy to keep DS warm -he loves it! It doesn't warm up the bed as I had hoped but since DS cuddles it for sleep it keeps him cozy. His feet area is cold so I may have to get a second wheat bag for this, or use a traditional hot water bottle and take it out before he gets into bed.
    Originally posted by MoonJelly
    I have cold feet too and my mum found me a pair of microwavable slippers at a French market It's soooooooo nice!
  • RosiePuddingPaws
    Good morning
    Can someone please guide me? I read about the bubble wrap on windows. I have a door on the cold, windy side of the house which has two large panes of glass. Should my bubble wrap be the stuff with the big bubbles or the small ones? Which is best (I have found both)?
    Thanks
    RPP
  • MrsLurcherwalker
    If anyone needs small fleeces to put behind curtains B & Q have them for 3 and they have cream, soft grey and some bright ones too. DD got one that fitted exactly behind her curtain on a medium window in the dining room without having to do any altering. Cheers Lyn.
    • WantToBeSE
    • By WantToBeSE 29th Sep 12, 10:48 AM
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    Well, as said earlier in the week, got my thermal gloves(with and without fingers)thermal socks, thermal underwear, a gilet but I think that is too cold for winter(more for taking the chill off in the evening)perhaps between spring/summer and summer/autumn. it may nver get used but at least I have one.

    I have various clothes and items for the bed to stay warm. Just found a wollen hat that was knitted for me years ago by an auntie(no longer here)but is still as good as new for outside or indoors.

    But I think that I need to find a scarf and a pair or wellingtons as my next bit of prepping. The wellies seem to be the most difficult to get so far.

    I did not used to bother with flu jabs but with a medical condition and kidney problems they say I should and being alone and no one to care for me, it's not good to get really ill with something like that so hope to get my flu jab on Monday.

    Another task sorted...
    Originally posted by Popperwell
    Lidls are doing wellies for 9.99, and also wellie socks for a couple of quid. Its either this week, or next week the deal starts. HTH.
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    • WantToBeSE
    • By WantToBeSE 29th Sep 12, 10:58 AM
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    WantToBeSE
    If anyone needs winter boots, these are on offer at cotton traders:

    http://www.cottontraders.co.uk/fleece-lined-toggle-boot/invt/aq10653/

    Was 45, now 22.50
    Will put it on the grabbit board too i think!
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