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Posted by John B. Slocomb on April 25, 2010, 1:16 am

On Sat, 24 Apr 2010 09:15:35 -0700 (PDT), Jim Wilkins

In other words, you do what the old folks did. Close off the other
rooms and live in the kitchen :-)

But having said that, when I was a young fellow I doubt that many
folks, even in town, heated the up-stairs bedrooms. Most of the older
places I have seen had simple "registers" in the floor to let a bit of
hot air from downstairs in to take the chill off.

It was all right going up to bed, but the first step out of bed in the
morning, with frost on the inside of the windows, was hard to make :-)

Yup. Burn down the building and pick over the ashes to retrieve the
nails :-)

John B. Slocomb

Posted by Jim Wilkins on April 25, 2010, 1:23 pm

We lived like that when I was little. In my family the females
tolerate the cold as well as the men, so the heat stayed down.

Actually it's easier now, with better fire-proof wall insulation than
they had, so the temperatures around the house vary much less, and a
great selection of warm and comfortable clothing instead of scratchy
wool. I have a down comforter on the bed, sweat suits and pile-lined
slippers to wear after getting up, and if I it gets really cold soft,
flexible insulated bib overalls meant for hunting and on sale cheap
after the season. However they don't withstand abuse from handling
firewood or working on vehicles as well as stiffer work coveralls.

I do appreciate having an electric water heater instead of having to
get up at 3AM to stoke the furnace so there would be hot water for
showers. I had coal-fired hot water as recently as 1972.


Posted by John B. Slocomb on April 26, 2010, 6:14 am

On Sun, 25 Apr 2010 06:23:52 -0700 (PDT), Jim Wilkins

What's this? Showers every morning? I seem to remember Saturday baths
in a wash Tub in front of the kitchen stove :-) In warm weather, of
course, baths weren't required as one went swimming every day.

John B. Slocomb

Posted by Jim Wilkins on April 26, 2010, 3:09 pm

Good thing we are communicating long distance over the Internet.

covered with sawdust and bar oil

Posted by John B. Slocomb on April 27, 2010, 12:51 am

On Mon, 26 Apr 2010 08:09:49 -0700 (PDT), Jim Wilkins

As in "d boon kiled a bar on this tree" :-)

But, another viewpoint would be if you were using a crosscut saw and
an axe, not only would you have worked up a "healthy sweat" and
"opened up"  your pores, but if you did it every day you'd never  have
a weight problem :-)

John B. Slocomb

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