Preparing for Winter

Today was a busy day of trying to cram in the outdoor projects that I can get completed before winter comes, and I would count it fairly successful. I gathered two bags of leaves off the sidewalk out front. When the leaves have to be cycled out with the trash, 2-3 bags a week is about the max I can throw out in any given week. Plus, that’s about all the patience that I have for raking leaves in any given week. I have to say that raking leaves is one of my least favorite outdoor jobs. I think it and fixing weed eater string when it melts and gets tangled could possibly be tied for worst outdoor jobs (barring animal removal — which should NOT be considered a normal outdoor task.)

I also started to patch the holes in the sidewalk. That effort wasn’t quite as successful as I hoped it would be. The crater in the sidewalk ate all 10 pounds of patching compound, and it is still demanding more. I have a stop at Home Depot on my list tomorrow. I spray painted the wrought iron railing; solid black (even if it does have some drip marks) is better than the black and rust combo palette that the railing was sporting. Then, I went on to my favorite project of the day, sprucing up the mailbox. I can’t believe I’ve lived with the disgusting rust-speckled white mailbox for 5 years. All it took was 10 minutes and a little black spray paint to completely make over the mailbox. Now the wall beside the door looks so much better since the light fixture and the mailbox match.

Then, I drug myself out to the back deck to put a fresh coat of paint on the trim out there. That wraps up all the outdoor painting that is exposed to rain. I still have to paint the trim around the front windows and the front door; however, I can do that on a rainy day since all of that is under cover. I’ll still have to get to it soon though before the temperatures plunge for good.

The whole time I was working on those projects, I kept putting laundry out on the line. I’m left with one burning question: how did the pioneers get their laundry dry? I might need to read Little House on the Prairie again just to find out. I’m guessing the laundry was hung up inside the cabin so it could dry by the stove because let me tell you, when the temperatures dip below 50, laundry doesn’t dry too well outdoors on a calm day. Fortunately, the dryers at the laundromat are pretty efficient. The quilt I threw in the dryer was still pretty damp, and the laundromat dryer had it dry in 10 minutes. It’s a pain to go to the laundromat, but I am grateful that my dryer broke and not the washer. The dryer costs somewhere between 45 cents and $1.35 per load to dry the wash. The washers are $2.95 a load.

So, now it’s time to wind down the day in luxurious fashion. Todd called and helped me make the picks for my football pool this week. I get to throw the freshly washed bedding onto the bed — including an additional blanket since the inside temps have been dropping to 65 degrees lately. And, then I’ll take a nice bath. Mm…the perfect end to a productive day.

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