I was amused by a poll on my local ABC affiliate's website this weekend. Here are the answers so far (as of 1am Sunday) to the question: When will you turn on your heat?
11%: When temp drops below 50.
13%: When temp drops below 40.
56%: My heat is on already.
20%: Not until I'm shivering cold.
The percentage was out of 2611 votes and you can tell by the title of this post how I voted! I'll try to make it into November without turning on the heat if I can... but tomorrow night's forecasted low of 36 might prevent me from making that mark.
Snuggling up under a blanket or two is nice for me--and my (half) sled dog hasn't even started to tuck her nose under her tail yet when she goes to bed. She's loving these cooler temps. Really, the only way I would turn on the heat before I'm shivering cold is if I start to see my houseplants shivering in their pots. (Well, wrinkling up is more like it.)
I have brought in the last of my tender potted plants, and should probably dig up the tubers like the 'Lime Zinger' elephant ears and all of those cannas, too. I just can't bring myself to cut short the cannas' continued display--not even for one day. Not even if I have to dig them up while wearing winter gloves and a hat, while I'm shivering cold!