What a busy time of the year. It's also time to savor, sip and socialize. I hope everyone is having a wonderful December. I am so grateful for my many blessings.
Here is a short list of to-do's to get ready for the coming weather. Being prepared = less stress.
- disconnect hoses from exterior hose bibs
- winterize sprinkler system
- put ice scrapers in all of your vehicles
- buy a bag or two of ice/snow melt to have on hand
- bring snow shovels to the garage, if they aren't already there
- pull out winter mittens, gloves and hats, so they are readily accessible
- throw out the expired and purchase some new hot chocolate mix and marshmallows
- if you're traveling this winter, ask a neighbor in advance to drive in and out of your driveway when it snows so that it appears that cars have gone in and out of the house/garage (snow tracks). No snow tracks is a dead give away that the house is vacant. Better yet, ask a neighborhood kid to shovel the driveway while you are away
- if you intend on using your wood burning fireplace, perhaps it's time to have it cleaned and/or inspected. Safety first.
- drafty doors and window? New weather stripping might be in order
- like to bake in the wintertime? Stock up on flour, sugar and chocolate chips. Great fun with the kids on a cold snow day
- drink wine, eat good food, play games and have fun, too!