The nice thing about condo life is ease with which we can be ready for winter. No outside work needs to be done, no repairs, no winterizing, no need to put anything to bed. Thank isn't to say there isn't plenty to do around the house, or in the community garden, but having the yard and house taken care of by others, certainly frees up ones time. My list of 10 Things I Do To Get Our Home Ready for Fall is.
1. Clean up the patio and put patio furniture under cover to protect it from the upcoming weather.
2. In the garden we harvest, weed, discard vines and tomato plants, till the soil, plant fall crops (garlic and onions), cover the ground with mulch, and wash our hands of it until next spring. By the time the harvest is gathered and the garden put to bed, we're happy the season is over.
3. Empty the carport garden pots and tuck them away for the winter. Next year we'll plant differently, as the tomatoes didn't do well because of the extra heat fom the asphalt and the lack of afternoon sun. Herbs and flowers will be enough.
4. It's been a year since we last organize the freezer and it's time to nake room for the garden harvest. How everything can become so discombobulated, I'm not sure. We only freeze a few things, but having summers bounty at the ready brings a little summer into the winter kitchen.
5. Plant bulbs in the front garden to replace the bad bulbs planted last year and hope they don't fail again. I like a little flower show in late winter, early spring, and I hope to have a better showing next year.
6. My wardrobe is small and the only change I make is to add an extra layer of clothing, such as a sweater or a shawl, always, always a shawl. It's time to check over my favorites and make sure they are cleaned, repaired, and blocked.
7. Organize clothing by repairing, washing, and readying garments and shoes that need attention. Yesterday I dropped off a pair of shoes for repair and a coat that needed to be pressed. I also need to check my decreasing number of hand knit socks to ensure any needed repairs are done before a bigger hole appears...a stich in time and all that.
8. Make sure the electric blanket is in working order and there are enough extra blankets and throws to keep the chill at bay.
9. Check the furnace and change the filters to make sure everything is in working order when needed. It is not enjoyable to spend a freezing cold night (or longer) in ones own home.
10. Ummm, relax and enjoy a job well done?
Better late than never. I wrote this last night, but forgot to publish.
I'm not ready to say good-bye to summer! What about you?