October's here: we're seeing the fall colors in the trees (and at home) and feeling the chill of autumn in the air.
We grew up in a relatively new house with central heating. Simply flip a switch and the heat is on. Our father always held out, though, to save on the heating bills. Now we live in an 1870's apartment building where the radiators clank from their summer slumber when the building manager (we guess?) says it's time. So, we've always found ways to deal with these transitional days of early October...
We generally take the edge off during this transitional season by doing any or all of the following:
- drinking lots of hot tea
- spending more time in bed working/reading/eating from under a blanket
- spending more time working/reading/eating at the table next to the window, where the sunlight streams in and warms up a cozy corner
- taking really hot showers
- wearing layers (and slippers) around the house. It's such a fun time every fall to get out the winter clothes and shake out a heavy blanket over the bed
- washing dishes by hand and enjoying the warm water. We learned to love this task on a winter cottage trip in Finland. We'd heat water in the sauna then bring it to the kitchen sink every night: we'd all clamor for the opportunity to wash the day's dishes.
When does the heating season start in your home? How do you stave off the chill in the meantime?
Photo: Home Made Simple