The chilling cold has finally arrived, announcing the anticipation of Winter, and its attendant colds, sneezes, sniffles etc. last night it got down to the upper 30's here in the Bay Area.
But for you Darklings that live in Really cold countries, that is nothing, but I am not a polar bear, and for an Elder/Elderly Goth, the cold can bring upon the aches and joint pain one really can't stand.
So now its increased heating costs, checking for spare the air days if I want a fire in the fireplace, stacking up Duraflame logs, and least I had my fireplaces checked and cleaned, and if we cannot burn a fire I do have candles, one can have a lot of fun stocking up on tea lights by the bag fulls (thank you IKEA and CostCo).
Yes Darklings, if you are lucky to have a fire place but it's a "spare the air"day then burn candles in the safety of your fireplace instead, trust me it does put out it's own kind of warmth as well. Now I know that there are tea lights and candles made from petroleum products and so many people recommend soy candles but they can be expensive, but if you are having a romantic get-together then by all means do use soy candles.
For those of you who want the ambiance of a fireplace but live in an apartment where having one is not possible, check out the Victorian Trading Company, they have electric fireplaces, with wonderful old-fashioned fireplace mantles, and you have the beauty of taking it with you when you decide to move.
And if you want to burn tea lights I also suggest that you place them in the safety of glass containers and keep them well away from anything flammable, like curtains, drapes, lampshades, or cloth mantle pieces and do not discount anything plastic either. Plastic is just as dangerous. And do not leave them burning unattended or over night while you are sleeping.
Candles burning in those wonderful Gothic style candle holders from Spirit or the Fright catalogue can look so positively macabre, but again you have to remember safety.
So now with the chilly sun out lighting the sky and burning off the dampness from the night before I am going to buy my supply of both tea lights and Duraflame logs and plan on how I'm going to do spring cleaning to remove the winter dust next year.