We have effectively avoided the first month and one-half of this winter. The lake is frozen, but only in the bay, the main part remains open. There is no snow on the ground. The solar gain has reduced my heating bill to less than 20% of last year. And today I worked outside spray painting some furniture.
Of course I did my nails (and my fingers up to the second knuckle) so I have a Tin Man sort of presentation.
And all I have to say is 51* in Central Minnesota on January 10th is more than OK for me.