You say you live in Minnesota where it is freezing in winter. So cold in fact that Minneapolis is linked together as a city by enclosed walkways. Now that is formidable cold. When I say that it is often cold in Los Angeles where I live, people just laugh. But it is a dessert and arid; and in the winter, it can get chilly at night when that ubiquitous sun goes down. Snowbirds who visit southern California from Canada and the Midwest—fleeing the snow—are surprised sometimes by the degree of cold. Fortunately, the days are nice and they don’t complain too much. If you are from Chicago, a typical cold day in LA at 65 degrees is practically summer. It means a dip in the pool or the ocean. The locals, however, stay at home unless they like outdoor sports. You can ski in the morning in the nearby resorts and get to the ocean by late afternoon. That is the magic of Los Angeles. No one thinks of it as a cold climate but just look at those lovely snow-capped mountains. If you don’t believe me, just go to Big Bear. It is only an hour and a half from the central city.

I have a space heater to solve the problem of infrequent winter chills. It keeps me toasty warm and I don’t have to waste precious energy turning on my home heating system. It’s all about being green these days. Sure, who wouldn’t want a fully heated home, but the space heater works quite well for large rooms. My mother gave it to me when I was in college and it has been in my possession ever since. It makes an appearance a couple of times a year between January and March. If you are considering such a device, know that they come in all kinds of shapes and sizes from desktop models to floor designs that are a couple of feet high. It depends on the size of the room you want to heat. You can leave it on all night and still save money. I have come in from a night on the town, frigid to the bone, and languished in front of the heater to thaw out. My feet are most prone to the effects of the cold, especially if I have been out walking. I know you are thinking that LA people only drive, but this is not so. We also walk if shopping is nearby. The reason is the parking. Who wants to circle the block a dozen times looking for someone to pull out?

A space heater is therefore a godsend to those of us who dislike the winter in Los Angeles. It makes for a very practical gift. They sell them in hardware stores, and of course you can get an ideal one on line. Order now and you will get it in a few short days. You will never feel cold again.