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As soon as the temperature rose above the teens and into the upper 30s, I found my blankets. I have lots of blankets, most of which are raggedy and/or not warm. Some bother my allergies. I keep one ugly one to put up over a door for drafts. Several I keep for moving furniture but the could be pressed into service over doors. I am not looking for those since I found a box full of good and warm blankets and throws.
I have one of the really plush blankets, hot pink. I found these for $10 marked down from $40. They are really nice. However, I dare not get it against my skin because I am a sweaty mess if I do. Over a sheet and blanket with another blanket on top, the hot pink plush blanket keeps me toasty warm, almost too warm. This blanket is really thicker and longer plushy fibers.
Another time, I found plush throws for $8, I think. Light pink is what I bought for myself. They are the largest throws I have ever seen--60"x70". I bought one for my daughter in NY and each of her children. The other two children live in South Texas, so they would never use them. Exbf got one for Christmas that year, too. I asked him how he liked it. He said it was good because it was so wide and long that it covered his elbows when he sat in his recliner. He said it kept his feet covered and warm when he pulled it up to his neck.
I thought these throws were a cheap gift and lots of bang for the buck. The postage to send the ones to daughter was free, reimbursed from a mystery shop, besides being paid. .
Then, I found the small throws that are less than $3 at WM and marked down to $1. I sent those to NY to keep in the car. Who knows what they did with them???? I keep two in the den, one for my shoulders and one for exbf when he is here enduring the chill. One of those small throws went to the old soldier in the nursing home. I still have several more for gifts--a $1 gift. Each gift was 2 throws.
The reduced cost for really good quality throws make each gift $9.
Last night, I slept better with blankets. I took the coat and bedspread from my bed, along with the two still-folded, never washed sheets. I also found the green king blanket my mother gave me, "because you said you are cold." Oh, I was married, but ex did not care how cold we were because he was not.
I still am sleeping between the fold of a king bedspread. I put the wool blanket so it was next to my skin and put the king blanket mama gave me, folded in half on top. Then, I put the plush throw and the plush blanket on me, and pulled the king spread over all the blankets. I was warm within seconds. I take one of the thin, cheap, small throws and put it over my head except for mouth and nose. This morning I awoke in a sweat. But, I slept well all night.
When I went out to feed the chickens today, their water was thawed. So, for the moment, we in AL are warm. Of course, when it was 5 degrees F last week, we were cold, very cold. We will have these cold snaps for a while.
Back to gifts. So, that made each gift $9. Remember, this was about 3 years ago. Some people might not think a blanket or throw was a fitting gift. My daughter had never said she or her children needed throws. But, all three were thrilled with them, or so she said. She also never gives a thought to what would happen if she lost electricity and her heat. She assures me that will never happens and then I worry more, especially since I am so far away and feel she is not prepared for really cold weather or no heat in her home. .
Mamas don't want their adult children to be cold. (or the grandchildren) We never lose the caring and providing for their health.
Do you keep extra blankets, "just in case?" Or, do you keep "just enough" like my daughter? Would you or have you ever given plush throws as a Christmas gift? If you live in the tropics, never mind...lol. ...and we all hate you. just kidding.