I will admit I have a competitive nature. I am pretty sure that it comes from growing up with three brothers ~ one of which is less than a year younger than I am. This competitive streak that I have - often times - is a good thing. Other times it can get me into situations that are less than comfortable. At home right now I am in one of those ‘less than comfortable’ situations.
A few weeks ago Big Bear and I were talking about turning on the heat. I mentioned that we didn’t need it yet, the days were still up in the upper 70’s. One thing led to another and suddenly we started claiming who would need to turn on the heat first. I said things like, “I’m from Chicago, I’m used to the cold.” Or “I’m used to bundling up for cold weather.” His only line was, “I can do anything I set my mind to.”
Well, for the last few weeks this banter has been going back and forth. This past week we have both started using psychological ‘suggestions’ to make the other want to turn on the heat, or little devilish things to make the other want to turn on the heat. I will admit, I even stooped so low as to use almost all of the hot water yesterday morning thinking that will make him turn on the heat. No such luck!
Until now this has been a fun little battle between the two of us. I have really rather enjoyed the banter that we have had about it all. This morning, though, when I woke up it was 59 degrees in our house I decided it is time to change my tactics!! When it is that cold it is NOT fun. I usually get up before him and it was MISERABLE this morning. While I was making my breakfast and lunch for today I turned on the oven. (Don’t tell him!) I was able to raise the temperature to 60 degrees in the kitchen, but it wasn’t enough. Today the temperature outside is not supposed to get above 45 degrees. It is supposed to get down in the 20’s tonight. Yikes!! Our little battle has just become a WAR!
We have said that we will call a truce when it gets cold enough for the pipes to freeze – when does that happen? So, should I cave and turn on the heat? You know that will mean I will have to hear about it for weeks. Do you have any tactics I can use in this little war? I would love to hear any ideas, before I freeze to death.
I’ll keep you posted on the Cold War in Kentucky.