Books by the old Leather Chair

  • Snow In The Summer
  • My Bible
  • The Power of Silence
  • What Comes Next and to Like It
  • Encore Provence
  • A Year in Provence

Monday, October 21, 2013

Simple Sharing And Trying To Still The Voices In My Mind

Oh yes
it is so simple
but on damp and cold nights
feels so luxurious.

My hot water bottle
put at the foot of my bed
about an hour before going to bed
is wonderful.

I started doing this when I lived at the old farm house
and started using this warmer
last week.

While eating evening meal I fill the bottle
with hot tap water
until water in kettle is boiling hot.
Then pour out the tap water (ruined a hot water bottle years ago by first using boiling water)
this warms the inside of the bottle
and then fill with the boiling water.
Wrap in soft material and put at foot of bed
in an hour when I go to bed
the warmth is so nice and comforting.

I know many who use something electric
and I find that drying.  
The hot water bottle is not drying to my skin
and still warm in the morning when it is emptied
to dry.

Someone shared that on their trips to England
at fine Inns they placed a hot water bottle
at the foot of the bed....

The one I bought 3 years ago is a beautiful shade of blue
instead of red like I have had in the past.
Simple post
but over the last 14 hours
a lot has been past on.
One passed out and head concussion.
My children very concerned as it is their father.
Another, in the last stage of cancer
and then one who has been like a sister
in the past shared her husband recently
had a head injury.

This morning
the sun is shining
birds at the feeders
life goes on
at a slower pace
and I wish
the damp earth surrounding my cottage
would dry
and I could get on my tractor....
maybe next Spring....


Sallysmom said...

I need to get a hot water bottle. I might also get my daughter one - she has such cold feet. If I get her one, I will pass on the tip about preheating the bottle.

lil red hen said...

The hot water bottle is a wonderful idea; cold feet make me feel cold all over. I usually go to bed with socks on my feet.

Very cool here today. Squirrel and crows have been in the pecan tree and one little dog is very interested in the sounds coming from high up in the branches.

Stay warm ...

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Charlotte, always wore socks but the hot water bottle is better :)
cardigan over turtleneck but st present time cannot get warm
Sallysmom, I know you will like it.
Wish I was not so sad today...

Tabor said...

We were poor when I was growing up and my mother would put hot water bottles in each of our beds and I remember how warm that made me feel because the sheets were like ice! You have such a large extended family that I think you will always have some drama in your life. I hope it all settles down into a peaceful pace with each of these loved ones...soon!

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Tabor, I was raised poor also but no one warmed my bed :)
lucky you..
Yes, a big family and a lot of old friends makes for a lot of drama :)

Judy said...

I lived in a cold drafty farm house growing up and Mother always put a hot water bottle at the foot of my bed, during the winter months--wrapped in a piece of flannel. I haven't used one since--a good idea. I don't care if he is your ex--it is still sad when the father of our children is ill--we still remember how young and vibrant they were--when we were first married to them. I think this weather is making us all bit nostalgic and sad right now--I know, I am.

Mary @ Colony Mountain Folk Art Dolls said...

I think there will be a run on the stores for hot water bottles following this post!

I am ready for mowing season to be over. Spring will be here before we know it.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Mary and Judy, thank you for commenting on my love of the
hot water bottle :) have a good day. Rainy and cool in my area and always so much to do...

Laura said...

and all we have is this moment... sunny sky, damp earth, one breath after another until the last... warm water bottle for comfort in the sorrows and joys all resting in the heart of One Woman at the end of a full day.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Dear Laura, thank you for your special words - they always speak to my heart :)

sandra hagan said...

let us hope for a turn to good reports. sad news is difficult for me to assimilate too.

love the little blue hot water bottle.

cozy up in front of the fire, with one of your good books.

i am still struggling to get a new blog up a good. e Blogger itself is the easiest to work. i am trying now to have my eBlogger ID be the wild magnolia again. it is my let me hear from you. ;-0

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One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

sandra, take care, miss your words.

Anonymous said...

Some times something so simple, such a little touch, as a hot water bottle in the bed, can soften, just a bit, some of the harshness of life. I'm sorry you are encountering such difficulties, stressors, and losses with family and friends.