First fire of the season! One of my favorite things about cooler weather, is lighting the first fire of the season in our fire place. On cold nights, nothing beats curling up in your pi's with a comfy blanket, a warm fire and watching tv or reading a book.
My dogs love to curl up by the warm fire, and sometimes get a little too close for my comfort. Winston is the worst about it! He will actually crawl right up next to the fireplace, and once his fur started smoking!
You can even make scented fire place starters to make your home smells a little more "outdoorsy" and help get the fire started!