I have had to take a break from blogging for a while because of time constraints. I found that there just wasn’t enough time for me to blog even on a weekly basis plus prepare for craft shows, run my online business, take care of my home, and prepare for the holidays. Things have now settled down and I can once again fit blogging into my life! :)
My neck of the woods is caught in a deep freeze! Last night we had a winter storm come through layering a quarter inch of ice on everything. Brrr! We even lost power for a short period of time. By the time my dear husband had got the generator and extension cords out it came back on. Thankfully we burn wood for our main heat source so even though it is extremely cold outside it is a nice warm temp inside.
Something that I have been dealing with because of the wood heat is very low humidity in our home. It was so dry that my skin was constantly dry no matter how much I moisturized and my dear little doxie developed dandruff! Sooo, I went on defense and started looking for ways to raise the humidity in the house. I have always kept a large pot of water on top of our wood stove but it just wasn’t enough to keep the humidity above 23%.
I remembered that I still had a vaporizer that I had bought when my boys were small, so I dug it out and filled it with water and plugged it in. This raised the humidity a 2-3%, still not enough. I also had a small fountain that I hadn’t used in a while, out it came. I filled the fountain with water and plugged it in. I also filled 2 large vases with water and a mason jar with water and sat them around the house. After a few days the humidity was raised from 23% to 38%, my skin is not as dry and Dolly’s dandruff has cleared up. As a bonus, I have found it doesn’t take as much to warm our home with the increased humidity. Keeping the humidity at a comfortable level in my house is a daily battle. I have to re-fill the pot on the stove and the vaporizer twice a day, the fountain needs topping off once a day, and the vases and jar need topping off once a week. If I forget to do any of the re-filling the humidity drops fast.
If you are having trouble with dry skin, or would like to have it feel warmer at a lower temperature in your house, I urge you to try to increase the humidity in your home. It can be as simple as setting out containers of water around your home and allow the water to evaporate.