I adore my house. It's old and has character. The floors creak in all the right places when I walk and I've got the coolest laundry shoot. But there's one thing I can't stand about my house and the lack of insulation.

One day last winter when a friend came over she couldn't stop shivering and her nose turned red because it was so cold in my house. I felt terrible, but couldn't turn the heat up because I knew it'd just go out through the walls and window frames and that my electric bill would shoot up.  I keep my thermostat between 65 and 68 during the winter, but on cold days it doesn't even take a bite out of the cold.

So when I heard this prediction, I cringed inside and started thinking about what I can do differently this winter to hold more heat inside my house.

The Farmer's Almanac is predicting that we're going to see a "colder than usual" winter.  The 200 year old almanac says we're in for a bitterly cold winter with over two thirds of the country experiencing below average temps. The almanac also says that we could see a blizzard right in the middle of the first outdoor Super Bowl in years.

If you're wondering how the almanac is making this prediction- it's all based on the same analysis of sunspots and tidal actions since the first almanac was published in 1818.  How accurate is the almanac's predictions? Well, they're accurate about 80% of the time, so I don't know about you, but I'm gonna be prepared this winter.

Do you buy into the Farmer's Almanac? What do you do to get your house ready for winter?