Preparing for winter

[youtube][/youtube]Like a squirrel, with the arrival of the first cold days I get an urge to prepare my house, my garden, and myself for winter. Some of it is necessary (the garden!), some of it is a matter of habit mostly.

Here is a list of what I am planning right now:

  • Prepare the flower beds.
  • Harvest the last apples.
  • Wash all those summer clothes like skirts and jackets that don’t go into the wash each time after wearing.
  • Sew that missing button on my fall coat.
  • Put away my summer hat, get out the woolly ones.
  • Scarves and gloves, ditto.
  • Begin to discuss with my husband where to spend Christmas (his parents’, my parent’s, or our own house – lots of deliberation and consultation with siblings needed).
  • Order myself some Christmas romances from Harlequin.
  • Sort through my winter wardrobe and give away some items.
  • Begin to gaze at fall and winter fashion in shop windows. I know it’s been there since early August, I just refuse to regard it until October.
  • Cook apple sauce and freeze it.

How do you prepare for winter? Do you enjoy it? (I do, quite. Although I am not too fond of the cold, it’s kind of time for it now.) And when do you start planning for Christmas?

– Rike Horstmann

16 thoughts on “Preparing for winter

  1. Tee

    I prepare by wishing and praying that autumn stays until January and winter is delayed until mid January, and maybe spring could begin in late February. By those mythical calculations, the cold weather would only last a month and a half. Wishful thinking, I know, especially here in the Detroit area.

    When reality finally sets in, the garden beds need to be cleaned up and prepared for spring. Probably the worst of those jobs is picking up the fallen leaves. We live in an older neighborhood in the ‘burbs and have plenty of trees. I no longer rake them, but run the lawn mower/mulcher over them a couple times a week and let the mulched leaves settle into the ground. Our temps now are in the 70s and am wishing they stick around for a while—even the 60s. I’m really dreading the very cold temps. The older I get, the less I tolerate them.

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  2. LeeB.

    I’m still trying to wear summer tops to work as it’s not that cold out yet. I did wash my fall/winter coats this past summer so those are all good to go. I prefer warm and sunny and though I know I can’t have that all year long, I wish spring would begin on January 2. :)

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  3. Victoria S

    Tee, we must be sisters from other mothers, because I ditto just about everything you said. And as I live in New Jersey, that month and a half winter thing ain’t working out for me either. This fall I am determined to start gardening. I LOVE Peonies. and am determined to start planting my bulbs this week. I cannot tell you how many bulbs I have let die over the years, deciding that “this is the year I’m gonna plant ‘em”, only to have shriveled up husks the next spring because I was too lazy to plant them. Right now, I’ve got my holes marked out in the back yard for my new Peony beds. This year my brother is gonna dig the holes, so maybe these poor bulbs will get to have a long life.

    If it doesn’t get too cold, I am good for 2 rakings a year for the front and back yards. After that…the leaves are on their own :-)

    I like that I can use the fireplace in fall and winter. Love the feeling and smell of a good roaring fire. I don’t even mind cleaning out the fireplace. I like fall/winter meals. A good pot roast…yum. And one of our favorite chilly day meals is still grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup. Double yum.

    Lee, with the onset of hot flashes, summer tops are all I wear year round. I just put a jacket or sweater over the top. I had to give up my beloved turtlenecks. It was either give them up, or start stripping when the hot flash hit. Layering allows me to take off, and put on tops as needed and still retain some of my dignity :-)

    I gotta admit, I love the way the snow looks, covering the trees and shrubs and lawn, and the muffled sound of a snow covered road is a delight. Then the car spins and I am so over that!

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  4. Jean Wan

    “Les Feuilles Mortes”. Edith Piaf. Siiiiiiiigh.

    Back on topic: I LOVE winter! And autumn! I love being cold then going back into warmth. I love being warm in bed, or coming in from nippy weather to have a nice hot cuppa.

    Plus, there are no mosquitoes. Good all round. I’m preparing by wearing turtlenecks a little early.

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  5. Tee

    Victoria S: Tee, we must be sisters from other mothers, because I ditto just about everything you said. And as I live in New Jersey, that month and a half winter thing ain’t working out for me either.

    New Jersey gets its fair share of brutal winter weather at times, too, Victoria, so it’s always fun to hope and wish that the upcoming winter will be different. “If wishes were horses…” and the rest of that rhyme. Here’s to having that winter this year that you and I try to imagine! LOL. If not, let’s fly away to California—which is my other winter dream, too.

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  6. LinnieGayl

    I don’t have a yard so don’t have to do any of the garden types of preparations. We’ve been surprised by unseasonably warm weather the last week (nearly 80f today) so my whole “winter preparation” has been thrown a bit off. But, I’ve been gradually cleaning the summer clothes I know I won’t be wearing again and putting them away. Have also picked up a couple new sweaters to make the evil winter season a bit brighter. I’ve also been stocking my pantry with lots of ingredients for stews and soups (things I don’t cook in the summer). On my list for this week is finding a new fall wreath to hang on my door. Also a major ritual is switching my bedding from a light colored summer theme to a darker (and warmer) colored theme for winter.

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  7. Leigh

    So I am not a gardener so when you say prepare the flower beds, you putting down mulch, right? It was 77 last night around 7 pm so winter is a ways off for me. Not that the weather can’t change on a dime.

    I have lots of yard work to do. My only thing I need to do in the house is get rid of that mouse that seems to have appeared.

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