I know I shouldn't fuss about the weather. After all, there are more serious things to worry about these days and I am thankful that I have all the creature comforts that I do. And I certainly don't live anywhere truly frigid like Sweden or Minnesota. But, we have been having quite a cold spell here in southern Italy. I mean, 3, 4, 5 degrees celcius (that's 37 to 41 degrees Farenheit) is pretty chilly, especially when it's about the same temperature inside the house as it is outside!
We do have central heating in my house, but the house is 200 square meters and to warm it up even minimally means running up a very steep heating bill. Last year we installed 24 solar panels on our roof and two large electrically powered air-conditioner/heating units in the hopes of eventually saving money...as well as protecting the environment. The electric heaters usually work fine, but during this cold spell they have not been enough.
I am a real wimp about the cold, I have a hard time warming up and my hands and feet turn into ice cubes, so I have adopted the very attractive, very sexy, "indoors heavy dressing" technique. I have fleece pants over nylons, a wool undershirt, a wool top, two fleece jackets, wool fingerless gloves and...the heavy-duty no-slip Little Red Ridinghood slipper socks!