Some things in life we learn the hard way, some easy and some from others. Most of the best lessons in life I have learned are from the old timers; especially ones who carry around their Old Farmer's Almanac like they do the family bible.

The Farmers Almanac first got it's start under George Washington's presidency in 1792 making it the longest continuous publication in our history.  It was in 1832 the name changed to the "Old Farmer's Almanac." The next two editors removed "old" from the title but in 1848 editor John Henry Jenks put "old" back in the title and it's been there since.

The Almanac includes tide tables, planting charts, astronomical data, recipes, and articles on a number of topics including gardening, sports, astronomy and farming. The book also features anecdotes and a section that predicts trends in fashion, food, home décor, technology and living for the coming year. But it's the forecast information that seems to bear the most weight with old school tradition and there probably isn't anyone reading this that doesn't know someone who won't plant a garden etc. without first consulting the Old Farmer's Almanac, which brings me to this point.

WINTER!  According to the Almanac,

Winter will be much snowier than normal, with near-normal rainfall. The snowiest periods will be in late November, early and mid-December, mid- and late January, mid-February, and early March. Temperatures will be below normal in the north and near normal in the south, with the coldest periods in mid-December, mid- and late January, and in early to mid-February - O.F.A.

The older I get, the more I hate winter but you don't have to. Live it up! Just make sure your home is set, ready and sealed. Nothing is worse than wasting a bunch of money in the winter and if your furnace is about on it's last leg, then next week is your Christmas come early.

Good Guys Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning are offering a Goodman furnace on our upcoming Northern Colorado Auction next week. This isn't like any other auction you've seen. Everything starts at 60% off and you go from there. The Goodman furnace for example retails at $4000 and the opening bid next week starts at $1600. That to me equals a no-brainer if you're in the market for a good furnace, and this isn't the only item on the board next week. Over thirty big ticket items in total are up for grabs, all worth at least $500 or more. For a complete list of the auction items, rules and details, just click on the big red link below.