Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Around the House

We've only used the gas logs a few times this winter. They came in really handy a couple of weeks ago when the power was out for several hours. Even without its fan running we were toasty warm.

We heat the house primarily with electric heat and use the gas logs as back up or to supplement the electric heat on a very cold day. With the mild winter we've had the electric bill has been much lower. We haven't had the gas tank filled at all, but we still got a bill for $75.00 for tank rent. Evidently our contract says that if we don't use a certain amount of gas they can bill us for rent. $75.00 is much better than the bill would have been if the winter had been severe!

We bought our gas logs from the clearance room at a furniture store when we first moved into the farmhouse. It was a good deal and I'm glad we have them. Now, if gas prices weren't so high!

This is the view from the little couch I sit on while reading or watching tv. I've accumulated quite a stack of library books. By seeing what type of books I check out from the library you can tell what interests me at the moment. This current stack include the subjects of digital photography, crocheting, quilting(of course), a weight loss book, a cook book, house decorating, and gardening. I seldom get a fiction book because even though I would love to sit down and read a novel, I just don't have time. The nonfiction ones can be looked at in the minutes I have here and there and I am always learning something.

The books in the middle of the ottoman are Bibles and other inspirational or Bible study books. The magazines on the far right are Country Living, Fitness, Better Homes and Gardens and House Beautiful. All of those subscriptions I got free using My Coke Rewards points. I save the codes off the cardboard cartons at work and my hubby brings home caps all the time from his work that he saves from being thrown in the trash by coworkers. I do love my Diet Coke, so we save the caps off the 2 liter ones we drink at home too.

Saturday I made a big bowl of chicken salad. My daughter laughed at me for taking a picture of this sandwich, but I was experimenting with taking some close up shots with my digital camera. My hubby brought the sandwich to me on one of the white plates I have been collecting. You can see his fingerprints in the bread from where he pressed it down. He brought it to me while I was working with the laptop on the couch.

Some sweet fingerprints from my little grandson. Its so hard to believe he will be going to kindergarten in a few months!

My Valentine's roses looked pretty with the bright light coming in the kitchen windows.

Happy Tuesday!

Debbie J.


Elizabeth said...

Hi Debbie,
It is always so peaceful there. Thank you for sharing.

Rita said...

I like your home. You give me ideas of ways to live simply and beautifully. You have talent now if I could stop reading blogs and get moving. :)

Impera_Magna said...

Is there anything better than homemade chicken salad? Naw... I don't think so...

Your is so warm and welcoming... and grandbabies grow up too fast to suit me!

Auntie M said...

Beautiful flames, beautiful chicken salad and gorgeous roses!
You make everything special.

Bean said...

Hi Debbie,

Thank you for stopping by my blog. What beautiful roses, I almost feel as if I can smell them right here in Indiana.


Lyn said...

Looks very relaxing with your fire, books and magazines, and pretty roses to look at. You are right about the $75 fee, that's not bad at all considering how much heating can be when it's really cold. That's great that you didn't have to get the tank filled this season.

ancient one said...

Everything looks so pretty!

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