Well, here we are, five days into this glorious month...and we are experiencing serious Autumn temperatures. We went from the 90's to high 80's and then to two or three days that started in the 60's and rose to the 80's. Then, CRASH!!! The morning thermometer reads 46 degrees! I will not turn on the heat until the last horn toots...when the sweaters, socks and sweatpants don't bring comfort any longer. I'm hoping to manage with that plan until sometime in November. I may actually be able to pull that off since the weather predictions are that we'll be seeing days that hover around 80 deg again by the end of this week.
I know, I know. It's inevitable. It will get cold enough, all too soon, to warrant turning the heat up. As the days shorten, the temperatures will drop and the thermostat (and electric bill!) will rise. That is, of course, one of the joys of living in a four-season environment.
Chilly fingertips and toes not withstanding, let me say that I truly do enjoy these days just before the nudging up of the thermostat. The cooler nights will bite the trees and they will soon present us with spectacular displays of brilliant color. Standing against the clear blue skies, they will bring a thrill that no other season offers. Wood smoke is already perfuming the air, as those who are less apt to appreciate the cool mornings light up their woodstoves.
For the moment, I'll go find a warmer pair of socks, or locate my fuzzy slippers, and I'll snuggle beneath my fleece throw until the day warms up a bit.