Monday, September 13, 2010

Come on, autumn!

I don't know about you, but I'm eager for cooler weather! It's begun to cool down at night now and the days are shorter so even a hot hour or two doesn't really seem bad. This is a perfect, frugal time of the year because the air conditioner isn't sucking electricity and the furnace isn't sucking gas so my utility bills are reasonable.

It won't be long, though, until it's cool enough to need a little heat in the mornings and evenings and the gas bill will begin to creep up if I use the furnace. I put off doing that as long as I can. Instead, I do these things:

Put on long underwear in the morning, even if it's going to be in the 80s or even 90s later on. I take them off when it starts to warm up. I also wear a sweater or jacket as long as it's needed.

Never drink cold drinks until it warms up. I like hot tea and sometimes will drink a cup of hot chocolate or broth to keep me warm. It keeps my hands warm, too!

Keep my feet warm by wearing socks and warm slippers. So what if the weatherman calls for 88 degrees by midafternoon? If my feet are cold, I'll do what I can to warm them up - short of turning on the furnace.

Have a hot breakfast. Hot cereal, eggs and toast or even a cup of soup sure tastes good on a cool morning.

Actually, I love these things. That's one reason I'm excited for the changing of seasons. I love getting back into my soft sweaters and wearing warm house slippers. It makes me feel pampered somehow.

Then add fall colors and the last of the harvest coming in... smells of late onions and fresh apples and first wood fires... is there anyone who doesn't like autumn?

Sights, smells, tastes, and even saving money. What's not to like??


  1. I love Fall. And I love cooler weather. Wish we had them! LOL! It is still summer in Texas and it is HOT.

  2. You love cooler weather and you live in Texas??? LOL I have family there so I know what you mean.

  3. Fall is my favorite time of year! I live in Iowa, so we get a little of all 4 seasons, but fall is definitely the best! No more oppressive heat and humidity, but no freezing temperatures either. Perfect!

  4. Living in AZ where the temps are still HOT I do look forward to the cool down hopefully soon! Even though it can get to 0 here at night in the winter Still try not to put on the heat! We use extra blankets and wrap up warm in the morning by layering our clothes. We got 100 plus weather from about May-Sept our A/C cranks 24/7 and the bills can eat away at your budget. Fall and winter are when I save money by NOT turning on the heat. Most nights we don't need it and an extra blanket, lit candles and a pair of slippers are suffice!

  5. Everybody has their preferences! :) I can't handle the heat, so if I lived there, I'd be stuck inside most of the year.