Frozen fingers, no fish


Still six weeks to go and it’s already cold.

Six weeks to go until we can switch on the central heating.

At least that’s what Mike reckons.

“We can’t turn it on until November,” he says, “that would be admitting defeat.”

No, it would be keeping warm.

Sitting at the computer today, my fingers have gone all December on me. My uncle has Raynaud’s syndrome, my grandfather had it, and I think I’m developing it now.

I’ve already tried a cup of Horlicks and some vigorous hand-washing under the hot tap. Next will be a warm bath.

So what we save on heating the house, we’ll spend on heating water.

I’m looking forward to his considered reply when one of the lodgers asks, in all innocence,

“Any chance of some heating up in our icy garret?”

Option 1 – “Certainly not. Put on another jumper if you’re cold. We didn’t get where we are today without enduring and surviving.”

Option 2 – “Sorry, it doesn’t work that high up.” (not too far from the truth actually, hence I’ve booked a boiler service before it’s too late)

Option 3 – “Of course, here’s a hot water bottle.”

When I was a child my grandparents ran a bed and breakfast, and there was a notice on the bathroom wall, just above the loo.

It said –

“Bath – 5p”

I guess we could go down that road?

About Beta Mum

Here you can find the ramblings of a trapeze artist turned journalist who ran away from the circus to join the BBC. Cathy "mine's a Kir Royale" Keir then spent thirteen years working in Jersey, Guernsey and Devon, before downgrading to what you see before you. She has contributed articles to The Guardian, The Stage and Television Today, Junior Magazine and both the BBC and Bad Mothers Club websites. She has two children who think women can’t be prime ministers. She blames herself.
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5 Responses to Frozen fingers, no fish

  1. Cathy says:

    I’m afraid I am one of those irritating people who always has warm hands, but my mother says a magnetic bracelet has helped her cold finger syndrome.

  2. Mya says:

    Being cold is miserable. We usually light the fires in November – but we’re a lot further south. There’s nothing worse than sitting at the computer wearing a woolly hat and fingerless gloves (let alone looking a complete freak on a stick!) I sympathise wholeheartedly.

    Mya x

  3. Mopsa says:

    I know exactly what you mean – the downstairs windows are currently being renovated one by one, and the gusts of wind are not being held back by bits of floppy polythene, and no amount of “it’s only temporary” is keeping me warm.

  4. Jen says:

    I’ve got my thermal jim-jams on under my clothes – it’s grimly cold but heating does seem a bit feeble in September.

    Typing in bed with a hat on does seem a little extreme, even to me.

  5. Beta Mum says:

    Cathy – I can’t possibly wear a magnetic bracelet. My mother does!

    Mya – I did knit myself some fingerless gloves when I was at college, in the days of no central heating and lots of getting dressed and undressed under the bedcovers.

    Mopsa – and it’s always colder in the country.

    Jen – I hope you’re not risking back problems by typing in bed.

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