"Getting rid of everything that doesn’t matter allows you to remember who you are. Simplicity doesn’t change who you are, it brings you back to who you are."

Sunday, April 27, 2014


Menopause has made me allergic to the sun.
And the heat outside.
A blistering 83 degrees with a cooling breeze and I'm still not happy.

Watch out Minnesota, I'm coming for you @;)

Anyhoo...Last weekend I posted about tin-foiling a couple of windows in our bedroom to see if it helped keep the room cooler.  It does.

So I went and tin-foiled a few of the lower windows in The Nook.  I spend a lot of time in the kitchen and even with ceiling fans on it can get quite warm during the Summer.  The tinfoil did keep the room cooler but made the room WAY too dark.  

I was just about resigned to the fact that I'd have to drill in those white roll up shades into my window frames when it occurred to me to try something else.

Freezer Paper.  I had a box that I'd bought to wrap meat in right beside the tinfoil.  Hm.

I cut and taped the paper to the inside part of the glass on most of the lower windows in The Nook, leaving the mini-blinds in place.


Not bad at all.  I can still look outside but the direct sunlight is diffused enough that it keeps the room bright but cooler.  The added bonus is that I can rip it off whenever I want.  A cheap solution for the moment.

And not all that bad to look at from the outside either.  Better than tinfoil at any rate.


  1. Are you brilliant or what?!! You're a true homesteader!

  2. What a great idea! I keep waiting here for spring, but I think it's going to go from cool and damp right into hot and humid. Blech.

  3. Great fix! I thought I would share this though....it's an inexpensive solution and you can still see out. My mom used these when were growing up in NH, mostly for the winter, to help hold the heat in. But they work great for blocking the heat of the sun. Might be worth checking out. Here is the link: http://bit.ly/1ixGq3M