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Give thanks for insulation - of houses and people.

Do you know what I absolutely would not give up?


Insulation of houses...

1928. My mother and her little brother are doing the dishes together in the kitchen. They notice that the dishtowel they just hung up a few feet away from die stove was frozen.

I can remember going to visit my grandparents when I was young, in the wintertime, in their huge old house, and going upstairs to the kids' bedrooms. Going to bed on the old straw mattress, under the stack of cotton quilts, and shivering ... and shivering... and shivering! (One winter one of my aunts had said to another, while dressing, "you know, I think I can see through the wall over there.")

Did you ever read the chapters in Little House on the Prairie where they get through the winter in their new wooden house huddling by the stove and twisting coarse grass into thick enough ropes so that it will burn for more than a few seconds?

Insulation of people. . .

My father says that when he was a boy in Wisconsin, they would get through the winter in denim overalls and denim jackets. He still hates winter, and he still doesn't know how to dress for it.

Today I went skiing down in the national forest. I had my thermal knit long johns on, thick wool socks (that's not new), a flannel shirt, a polarfleece jacket, a nylon windbreaker. Polypropylene gloves, under a nylon overmit. A wool felt beret. It was ten degrees; I was a little chilly at first, but started shedding layers as soon as I got moving, and put them on when I stopped.

A lot of the stuff I had on was not high-tech, but I didn't know how to I, combine it in this way when I was young. Is information a technology? You bet!
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Author:Joos, Carol A.
Publication:Countryside & Small Stock Journal
Date:Jan 1, 1994
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