November is here and with the new month, the colder weather has well and truly arrived. I have always felt the cold, but now that I am living in my new home and it is just myself paying all of the bills, I have to admit that I have been a bit tight with the heating, and when I say tight what I mean to say is, I haven't actually put it on yet!
Instead of flicking the switch to put the heating on, Leo and I have been adding additional layers, like this morning for instance, I woke up got dressed and automatically put on my thick fleece and coat ready to head straight out the door on the school run, and then when I woke Leo up, I got him to do exactly the same.
Money has been a bit tight over the last few months, and I have to be honest here and say that I just didn't want another expense to worry about. This month has pretty much crippled me on the bill front and it has been a never ending list of people who just want to take all of my pennies. It's true when they say everything always happens at once, and now they have all been paid I am breathing a huge sigh of relief.
As I work from home and I am usually sat at my desk from the moment I get back from the school run in a morning, right up to 3pm when I collect Leo at the end of the day, I do really feel the cold. It's a give in because I am sat working and the only part of my body really moving are my fingers when I am typing away, and my hand when I lift the coffee cup to my lips. Ok granted and my legs when I stow away to make the cups of coffee that follow the initial cup of the morning.
Anyone who works in an office knows the struggle of being cold, I remember my position at an old job, and I used to sit there in my winter coat even when they did pop the heating on. When I am working though, I have my desk in the lounge at home, and it is only myself and the dog at home during the day, so realistically that is the only room that I need to heat between the hours of 9am-3pm.
I have been giving this a lot of thought over the last few weeks as the leaves on the trees have been getting brighter and brighter and fluttering down to the final resting places on the ground. I have been having a look at electric radiators and researching the range over at electric radiators direct, because this would be absolutely ideal to have right next to my desk during the winter months, as they are inexpensive to buy and great little runners, and it really would be perfect for me when I only need to keep one room heated during the day.
I live in a new build home and it is really very economic. It stays cool during the summer months, and I know that when I start to warm it up, it will hold the heat, but right now it feels like you are walking through a fridge (I may be being a little drastic here because I don't like the cold!), but I definitely need to start warming my work space during the day, if only to stop myself drinking so much coffee.
I am hoping that this last month has just been the initial teething period, and that money wise we should be back on our feet by the end of this month. It's been hard at times because for the first time in my life I have actually had to prioritise every single penny, and I have found myself stressing about whether I can afford to put petrol in my car, and there have been times this month that I genuinely haven't been able to, and that feeling is the worst.
I'm positive as always though, and I know that everything is going to be ok. As long as we have food in the fridge and clothes on our back, there isn't anything that Leo and I cannot navigate through.