The cold weather came and stayed this week! The weather man said that the temps today were 40 degrees colder than they were exactly a week ago (it was 85!!). I've resisted turning on the heat because it's admitting that the warm days are gone and winter is just around the corner. This is a hard time of the year for me. I think it may be because of our days in Alaska. When the weather was like this there, the clouds kept the mountains hidden from view. Everyone waited for them to clear. When they did, it was like curtains opening on a stage and everyone would see for the first time, the mountains tops with snow on them. In Alaska they call this "termination dust" because the first snow meant that the miners would lose their jobs and be "terminated." Seeing this was always a bit depressing for me because it was an unmistakable sign that winter was there...I think this is why I hold it off as long as I can and try not to turn on the heat. Last night the temp in the house was 59. I still didn't want to turn on the heat--We were just going to go to bed, right??!! I figured we could just throw on another blanket, and it would be okay. At around 2 o'clock in the morning, I woke up and there were 3 dogs in bed with us, and the cat--I got comfortable and fell back to sleep. Sleep didn't last long because a little bit later Sheba who never gets on the bed was there trying to find a place next to us. She usually sleeps on the floor next to the wall, so I'm sure she was cold--But I just couldn't agree to one more dog in bed with us, so I let Sheba stay and made someone "volunteer" to get off--That was hard to do because it was so very toasty and comfy for all of us! I gave in this morning and turned on the heat and made chili.