Yes, for a few very short months the weather was so nice that I didn’t feel overwhelmed by the heat in the house for lack of turning on the a/c, and the weather hadn’t yet turned cold enough to wish the heat were cranked up. Well, I must say, that the part of me wishing for heat is rearing its ugly head. No, I haven’t turned on the heat yet. It only hit 32 degrees F one evening here in St. Louis, and most days it gets into the 60’s. Some days it feels like it is warmer outside than it is inside.
But other places the heat is on… I have been a few places where the heat has been up so high and I’ve nearly drowned in my own sweat. I dress for the weather (long-sleeved cotton shirt with a light jacket) and the inside of some of these places is set for shorts and tees. Why, when the weather is 80 degrees outside do people turn the temp to 60, and when the temp outside is 60 people turn the temp to 80?
For years and years I have told people that the cold doesn’t bother me. I grew up in Minnesota, and you just get used to it. Of course, being in St. Louis for over 20 years I have lost a bit of that heartiness. A few years ago I went back to St. Cloud, Minnesota for Thanksgiving. When I got there is was snowing, cold, and I was shivering in my coat, gloves and hat. My relatives, however, were all in shorts, tees and sandals – outside! Yes, I remember the days just a few years before that when I would walk out onto my ice-covered driveway barefoot to pick up the paper or talk with a neighbor.
OK, those days are over… I’m getting old… and man, the cold is really starting to bother me! I already find myself with shirt and sweatshirt, sweatpants, socks and what I call my “fluffy feet” slippers, then climbing under a quilt at night to watch tv or read. It really is cozy, but let me re-state… it has only gotten down to 32 degrees once! I many never survive the winter.
Oh yes, I still have a bunch of the tree left to cut for firewood, and it looks like Saturday is going to be the day to get that done (once I figure out how to tighten the chain around the bar). I would really love to cut that last limb down before it gets too cold – there is a lot of good firewood on that limb!