So here I sit in the "heart of dixie", the "deep south", the south of mild winters. I am wearing a long-sleeved shirt and contemplating getting a sweater. It is 23 degrees outside and we didn't get above freezing today. The heat pumps (both of them) have been running continuously for the past 24 hours. But it gets better! We might get above freezing by Wednesday. And then it gets worse. Likely snow and sleet on Thursday, followed by record low temperatures Friday through Sunday. We could be close to or slightly below zero on Saturday morning.
This is the winter I last experienced 25 years ago when I first moved to Alabama.
I need to get more kerosene tomorrow for the space heaters. Heat pumps are very inefficient below 32 degrees. What I really need to do is move further south. Oh, but then they have freezing temperatures in Florida too.