Gosh! It's amazing! Winter is knocking on our door again! It seemed like only yesterday, my crocus were peeking the ground announcing that Spring was on the way!
I know this may sound strange, but Fall and Winter are my favorite seasons! I can really appreciate a good snow fall! I love the twinkle of fresh snow flakes brightening up the landscaped like little diamonds from heaven! Winter does have it's draw backs, however,one of them being the lack of moisture in the air. The forced air heating in our homes will reek havoc on our skin and especially our pets. If you notice that your pet tends to matt more in the winter, that is a good indication that the air is too dry.
Here are some helpful tips to stay hydrated for the winter.
First, always make sure that you and your pet have an ample supply of fresh water to drink daily. This one is a winner for any season! Water helps to flush your system of nasty toxins and keeps your kidneys in good working order.
If you have a humidifier on your furnace, make sure the settings are in accordance to the manufactures specification. Too much moisture will result in condensation on your windows(sweating windows) which could lead to damage in your home. Not enough moisture, well...that puts you in the same boat you started in! If you have carpet and there is a lot static electricity in your home. That's a good indication that the air a little to dry.
If you don't have a humidifier, you pick up one at your local hardware store. Make sure you check the water levels daily for safety.
If you are on a budget, you can do what my grandmother use to do. She would put a pot of water on the stove at a simmer with a couple of drops of vanilla extract. It makes the house smell wonderful, and adds moisture to the house as well. I have fresh mint growing in my yard, so I like to add the dried leaves to the water. Always remember to check the pot often, and never leave a pot simmering unattended.
Misting fountains are another source of moisture. You can pick them up just about anywhere. They are decorative and because the are powered by electricity, they tend to be safer than leaving a pot on the stove. You still do not want to leave it running unattended for safety reasons.
Slow cooker. This is a neat little trick that I discovered by accident. When I use to punch a clock, often times I was too tired to come home a prepare a meal. That didn't mean I wouldn't want to have a hot meal waiting for me upon my arrival. I would prepare a meal, like chilli or a pot roast and let it cook while I was at work. The cooker simmers slowly, and adds moisture all day! It was a double bonus!
Shower or hot bath. Nothing adds moisture like a hot bath or shower! If you leave the bathroom door open while preparing and concluding your bath or shower, it will add moisture to your home as well. Although, it will not last long, it will give you and your pet some relief from the dry air.
We can put lotion on our hands and body to rehydrate our skin, however, pets can not. So it is important to keep your home properly hydrated for their comfort as well as yours.
Enjoy my favorite seasons!!!