Yesterday was the first day I really felt cold this autumn. Even though the sun came out in the afternoon, the wind felt wintry and my coat wasn’t warm enough. Our single pane, 1950s windows frosted up right away and the house felt drafty and chilly. Even the puppy wanted to stay hunkered down in the house, so I wasn’t the only one feeling the chill. My list of things to do before it gets cold is still on my fridge, unfinished of course. I have to get those gutters cleaned out and the lawn furniture put away. Maybe this weekend, since we’re taking a pause in our demolition work inside the house.
To drive out the cold, I made baked applesauce and made a big pot of soup for dinner. The soup was Italian sausage, potato and kale in cream. It hit the spot and I was feeling cozier by nightfall. I tucked into bed early with a book (Grace O’Malley, Ireland’s Pirate Queen) and let the dog sleep on my feet for once.
This morning, the house is cold again and it looks sunny but frosty outside. I’ll warm up the applesauce for breakfast and drink another mug of tea. After some needed cleaning, I’m going to sew some bed warmers. A pillow made of ticking, filled with flax seed and lavender that I can warm up in my oven before bed. With any luck, it will warm my toes at night and won’t burn down the house while warming in the oven. (if you try this, don’t sue me if your house burns – who says I know anything?)
Winter is coming, time to bundle up, inside and out.