When I was a little kid, I lived in the northeast, and fall and winters have a special place in my heart and in my memories. I moved to the southeast when I was only about 8 years old, but I still remember some of the fun stuff we got to do up north that we cannot do here. For example, at Thanksgiving time each year, we used to put our apple cider outside to get cold. There was no room in the refrigerator for a big bottle of cider, so we put it outside instead. The outside was so cold, it was air conditioning for our apple juice! Sometimes there would already be snow on the ground, and in those cases, the cider was extra delicious because it go so cold. Now that I live in the south, though, we can’t do anything like that. On most Thanksgivings, we have to run the air conditioning. Generally, the thermostat reads around 80 or 85 degrees in November; sometimes, very rarely indeed, we can turn off the air conditioner and still be comfortable, but we almost never need the furnace until the dead of winter – like January. Even then, the heater is used only for a few weeks and then it is time to turn off all heating and cooling until around March, when we start needing the a/c once again. There is no way we could put our apple cider outside to get cold. In fact, we don’t even drink apple cider anymore, we just have sweet tea like true southerners! I have to use my A/C nearly all year long now, I can’t put my drinks outside to get them cold, and I can’t build snowmen anymore. Even so, I don’t have to shovel the driveway either!