A touch of color in northern Minnesota.
I am, of course, shocked that October is tomorrow. Only three months left of this year. To say it's gone by quickly is an understatement, so fortunately it is our favorite time of the year. I love the cool temperatures and the clear blue sky. I love the reds and golds and oranges in the leaves. I love drinking hot beverages instead of cold. I love turning the oven on for baking and casseroles. I even love the nippy mornings in the house because it's cozy to reach for a blanket.
The week has been a busy one with getting errands done for the upcoming wedding (1 week from today!). And trying to get to the outdoors - pulling more weeds and cutting the iris and peonies back, pulling out the spent summer annuals and putting up little scarecrows and mums and pumpkins. The house desperately needs to have the windows washed (which I'm hoping will be today).
In my alone time, I'm reading the second book of "Anne of Green Gables", working on my embroidery, and looking through cookbooks for some good recipes to add to my growing list. I'm working on my Bible study lessons and continuing to go through stuff in closets and drawers to get rid of and planning upcoming projects.
I love the fact that there is always something to do. If I don't get anything done, it's definitely my fault. The October to-do list is quite lengthy which only makes sense. We are gearing up now for the upcoming winter months and there are things that we need to do now so we're not running around at the last minute when the weather changes into something less than mild! So, here is our list:
*Clean off the lawn mower and garden tools before stowing them away.
*Turn off the outdoor water before the freezing temps begin.
*Bring the snow shovels out and if you have a snowblower, bring it out of the back and more towards the front for easier access. This may seem a bit early to do this, but we have experienced October snowfalls before!
*Replace your furnace filter.
*Store your summer clothing.
*Keep up with your leaves - either with the lawnmower or by raking.
*Clean out the gutters.
*If you don't already have an emergency kit for your car(s), make one. You should have a shovel in your car, a jack, a backpack with some food in it that will keep, hats, gloves, boots, water bottles - anything you might need if your car breaks down.
*Apply fall fertilizer to your lawn.
*Empty dirt from the planters.
*Start making gift baskets (or at least start writing some ideas down so you can begin to look for things while out and about shopping).
*Buy (or make) your Christmas cards. This may sound early, but once the holidays start setting in, you'll be glad you got this done! A huge time-saver.
*Stock up on cold/flu medication. Throw the old stuff out!
*Check your winter clothing needs. Do you need a new pair of gloves? Boots? Another sweater?
*Wash the walls inside your house - especially the kitchen and the bath - or, at least, dust your walls and don't forget the corners where spider webs might be.
*Clean your upholstery/shampoo any carpet so that it's fresh for the holidays.
Whew. That's a lot, isn't it? But we all need to customize it to our needs. If you live in an apartment or condo, obviously you can automatically cross the outdoor things off the list. But there is much to be done and I hope this list is something that will at least get you thinking.
It's going to be another cool but pretty day here so I'm hoping to get to quite a few things. I hope you enjoy this day. God bless you in your homemaking efforts. Try to remember to thank God for His blessing in your life - there truly is much to be grateful for. Thanks for dropping by for a visit - I love it when you do!!!! : )