The Heat Is On

It seems like it was just yesterday that I was grousing about the ten-day, 100+° heat wave we were having here in Northern California in late August and early September. But then, last night temperatures dipped down to 35°, and we turned on the heat for the first time this season.

Not that I’m complaining. I actually prefer cooler temperatures to oppressive heat, anyway, so I’m cool with putting on the heat. (Did you see what I did there?) And even better, we had a decent rain yesterday and more rain is heading our way this weekend and early next week. Boy do we need that rain.

And speaking about changing seasons….

Halloween is behind us and Thanksgiving is ahead of us. Just this morning, blogger Lou Carreras wrote, in this post, that “…the long retail slog towards Christmas has started.” Then he added, “Oh, Lord! Do I have the stamina to withstand two months of Chestnuts Roasting in an Open fire, Here Comes Santa Clause, and Silent Night? Can I do this without becoming a grouch or, worse, a grinch?”

Yeah, Lou, I can relate. Christmas is two months away and its commercialization is already well underway. I saw this cartoon below from Ali Solomon in the New Yorker magazine that I think perfectly illustrates what one commenter on Lou’s post quite accurately called “premature holiday ejaculature.”

Now, for those of you turning your own heat on, here’s my gift to you.

22 thoughts on “The Heat Is On

  1. Marilyn Armstrong November 3, 2022 / 4:40 pm

    I turned the heat off last night because it got really warm yesterday and was supposed to warmer today. It wasn’t. BUT it’s supposed to be EVEN warmer tomorrow. Will it be warmer? Colder? I don’t think colder but we are inland from where the predicted weather hits. So we don’t actually GET the same weather. Our weather is more accurate for Providence, RI than for Worcester (town) in Worcester County where we live, but at the very bottom of a rather huge and empty-ish county. We are the kind of obscure little town that when they mention us on the news we get all excited. Even when they mention us on the weather, we get all excited.

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    • Fandango November 3, 2022 / 10:08 pm

      Today’s range here was 35 to 59. Warmer tomorrow (40-64).


      • Marilyn Armstrong November 5, 2022 / 10:25 am

        This must be the ONLY time of year where our weather is more or less the same — unless you count the burning hot summer.

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  2. Paula Light November 3, 2022 / 4:47 pm

    Love that song!

    Yeah we have plunged into the high 40s at night🥶 ~ I too prefer it. That heat was just gross!

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  3. Gr8BigFun November 3, 2022 / 4:48 pm

    At least you have Thanksgiving sandwiched between Halloween and Christmas. By end of day on Oct 31st, most stores here were 100% Christmas. Many were 50% Chrismas by mid-August. F$@#ing ridiculous.

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    • Fandango November 3, 2022 / 10:10 pm

      One of these days, Christmas commercialization will start right after Easter.

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      • Marleen November 3, 2022 / 11:21 pm


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  4. Taswegian1957 November 3, 2022 / 5:16 pm

    Supermarkets here started bringing out mince pies and other Christmas foods in September. Makes me so cross.

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  5. Carol anne November 3, 2022 / 10:22 pm

    I want to turn my heat on but I cant. My water is off, and if I turn it on I could airlock the whole system, as my water and heat are combined. X

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  6. KL Caley November 3, 2022 / 11:03 pm

    I love Christmas and I do squirrel away the odd gift throughout the year…but Christmas for me starts in December. I’ve spotted Christmas trees up in homes already. Great post. KL ❤️

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  7. Lauren November 4, 2022 / 12:08 am

    Such a terrific song Fandango. It’s been in the mid 40s at night here. My body does not do well in the cold temperatures. Even with my Annie snuggles, I hurt. We got drizzle all night a few days ago. It was wonderful. We are promised more rain soon. I sure hope the forecast is correct/

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  8. Lolsy's Library November 4, 2022 / 1:02 am

    I am a big Christmas person, this year though, I’m just not in the mood.

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  9. Nope, Not Pam November 4, 2022 / 3:26 am

    Seriously I wish the heat was on, all it’s doing here in Oz is raining. Most of the states are flooding and more rain is expected next week.

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      • Nope, Not Pam November 5, 2022 / 3:34 am

        One of the rivers has broken its banks and reached a height of 10.5 metres. More rain expected later this week

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  10. leigha66 November 12, 2022 / 10:23 pm

    Yeah, my heat has been on for a while now and yesterday and today there were snow flurries. I am so not ready for snow! As a former cashier I know many people who celebrate with extended families and need to have multiple celebration times including Christmas on Thanksgiving. So, since I heard a lot about families doing that, it no longer bothers me so much that Christmas steals some of the limelight from Thanksgiving. It is the price we pay for branching off in too many directions with our families and lives.

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