Like many people around this time of year I have a ritual that involves wrapping things. But, in my case, instead of gifts, I'm wrapping windows and doors.
This isn't new, of course, I've written about it here before. I'm a little behind schedule this year (though being behind schedule on this task may actually be an annual occurrence). The freakishly warm weather this December has made it easy to put off the task, though high winds and temps in the 20's at night the past couple of days have fully illustrated my negligence. I am pleased to say that, with the addition of the new windows I have six fewer items to wrap up.
The most important area to address - and the thing I will likely tackle first - is the front doors. The formal "coffin doors" that present as the front entrance to the home are, like so many of the windows, original equipment. They are a lovely thing, as far as it goes, but they leak air like a sieve. In addition, the past couple of seasons have been hard on the side glass as well, requiring things to be covered and taped up, and the tape's adhesive has a limited shelf life.
This means that, for the sake of our comfort and our gas bill, we won't get to see these guys from now until the spring. Still, that's far better than the alternative. For the first couple of years that we lived here, before we started using the rooms upstairs, we simply closed off the entire central hallway for the entire winter.