My goal is always to make it through to November 1st before I start using the wood cookstove for heat and January 1st before I fire up the really big woodstove in the cellar, but it seldom happens that way. One year, we woke up Mid-October with frost on the inside of the windows and decided that it might be, um, smart
to warm up the house just a bit. But in winter, there are a lot of mornings that you can see your breath until you really get the stoves going to take the chill off.
I dunno...for some reason, I am feeling very cold this fall, so it may not be long before we start the upstairs stove (and the hand that I cut in August seems to get really cold really easily because the circulation still isn't quite what it should be yet). I'm thinking next week or so, I don't want to take chances.
We have a documentary-studies student shadowing us for the next few months (apparently, she thinks we're interesting enough to document), and I felt really bad yesterday when she was standing in the kitchen in sweatshirt, fleece jacket, wooly hat, and mittens, hands wrapped around a cup of coffee. Mental note to start the stove on mornings that she's coming.