Here in St. Louis, Missouri the temperature had become unseasonable cold with temps in the 40’s already (and lots of rain!), and my house temp is hovering around 56. Today I almost considered turning on the furnace, but since the winter temp level I have set for myself is 52 degrees, I held off and put on another layer of clothes.
We had a very mild summer, and it almost felt like spring from April through, well, two weeks ago went when we went directly into an early winter. This takes a little getting used to.
My body had rejected the whole notion so far. I have been laid up with a knee that just went out on me while rolling over in bed one night. No injury, no trauma, nothing even in the last year I can think of. I don’t think my ailment really has anything to do with the weather (although when one gets to a certain age I think it is required that one complain about the weather and ailing joints) – but it does put me in a different mood and made it most difficult to do even the most simple of tasks – like bringing in my house plants – most of which are still outside. I’m working on bringing in some of the smaller ones and getting rid of the debris and (hopefully) bugs in the kitchen sink since the rain doesn’t look like it is going to stop anytime soon (and I’m not real excited about getting sick by doing all of this in 45 degree rain). Frost looks to be in the forecast this weekend. I’ll try and get my next door neighbor to bring in the three larger potted trees, since there is no way I could lift them with this bum knee.
This past year I feel like I have prepared for the winter slightly better than in the past:
- some friends and I insulated my office.
- I caulked around my outside doors.
- I discovered two heating vents that had been covered by bookshelves – one in my office and one in the sun room that have been covered for probably 10 years. (How stupid!) They have both been cleared.
- Tomorrow I will stop at one of those big box hardware stores and buy a storm door extender (I’m sure it has a much more technical name) to cover the 1/2″ gap under my storm door. In the past I have stuffed a towel or a draft dodger in that area to stop the air flow. I’m hoping this will do the trick without me needing to trip over something every time I go through that door.
I’m trying to get everything ready for the eventuality of winter – and hopefully when the first frost hits I will be ready for it.