Mylar Adventures

Last summer I bought a box of Mylar sheets to replace my emergency blanket I kept behind my truck seat. It can get so cold in the mountains, if I got into car trouble, I would need the warmth. I have kept extra boots also.

I know a blanket is not that warm, but read about Mylar, which was developed in the space program. I bought a box of a dozen, since they seem fragile.

It is winter and this old trailerstead built with 2×2 construction radiates cold even with the heater going.  There are days when I want a house so bad… but I want it to be the right housing for the long haul.  Sustainable, not a typical market economy design that eats resources.  Ahhhh the price of going my own way looking for a measure of independence.

This morning I was changing my sheets from cotton to flannel and got the brilliant idea to put a single sheet of Mylar on the mattress before I put on the  flannel sheet.  It might be really warm!

Sure enough, I am sleeping on it tonight and it feels like I am sleeping on an electric pad without the electricity.  Sounds funny, though, like old crinoline dresses rustling.

I just took off the second blanket, you would think it was spring.  I don’t know how well this thin little Mylar sheet will stand up to being a mattress pad, but tonight I am sleeping in the tropics.

Amazing stuff.

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About rebeccatreeseed

I am a naturalist raised by naturalists. Treeseed is my earned name, while Rebecca is my birth name. I am of Northern European descent, with a quarter Irish.quarter thrown in. I suspect I was a product of northern invaders into Ireland into Ireland. but hard to say since DNA disproved the family story about Apache blood! I have found some odd ancestors to replace them. Last year I bought 5 acres of pinyon-juniper forest on the side of a mountain in Santa Fe County, New Mexico. I am fulfilling a lifetime dream of a cabin in the mountains and a food forest that will feed me and local wildlife. I want to share this new phase of my life with others that might be interested.
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