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I give thanks for warm things.

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by , 01-27-2014 at 11:21 AM (3482 Views)
Today I give thanks for warm things.

It is easy to complain about the cold, especially with temperatures so much colder than normal. The challenge is to focus on the positive, which is being happy for the warm things in my life.

I am not one to deny bad things in my life. I am not going to say the cold is not that bad. It is cold enough to make me swear. But I am thankful for warm things to help me get through it.

I give thanks that I have warm scarves. I give thanks for having more than one, since I have been wearing them two a time recently. I also give thanks for having two winter hats because I have worn both of them some days.

I give thanks for my reusable heating pack. This was frugal and very easy to make. All it takes is a couple pieces of cotton fabric and some uncooked rice. A sewing machine helps too. Sew up three sides of the fabric. Fill with rice. Sew up the last side. If you do a larger one, it is helpful to sew a few straight stiches down the length to create a few compartments for the rice. This keeps it the rice from shifting. Microwave it for a couple minutes and it will give around 20 minutes of heat. I like to wrap it loosely in a blanket and put my feet on it.

I give thanks that I have heat at home and at work. And on lucky days, I have heat on the bus and subway.

I give thanks for hot tea. I am a bit of a tea snob. Being a teas snob is actually more frugal than you might think. I have some good quality loose leaf tea with a little metal holder to put it in my cup. I pound of loose leaf tea lasts a long time. I drink tea every day (sometimes in the summer it is ice tea) and I only spend about $1 a week for tea. I often drink multiple cups, but I reuse the tea bag when I do.

I give thanks for hot chocolate. I make my own so it is cheaper. I also think it is better quality than the stuff you buy.

I give thanks for soup. Soup is good food. It is wonderful on a cold day and pretty cheap to make.

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