Happy Labor Day to You and Yours

Today is Labor Day and everyone is gearing up to go back to school and enter into their fall schedule. If you are wondering what Labor Day is about go here.

Hapy Labor Day!

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10 Must-Do Autumn Maintenance Tips for the Home

*I recently shared 10 must-haves for an emergency kit and since we are in the full-bloom of the Autumn season, I thought I would re-post some Fall maintenance tips for the home. Winter is fast approaching so if you haven’t thought about preparations yet, now would be a good time to start. ๐Ÿ™‚

10 Must-Do Autumn Maintenance Tips for the Home

Now that autumn is here, it’s time to prepare for the winter months by doing a little home maintenance. Here’s a check-list of some of the important things you should remember to do (or add to your husband’s “honey-do” list ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  )

1. Say goodbye to your summer “stuff”. It is time to clean and pack away all your summer furniture, toys, wading pools, garden hoses, etc.

2. Empty and stow away any gas-powered equipment; such as lawn mowers and grills. (Unless you are a die-hard griller and grill all winter like a friend of mine does, that is!)

3. Clean the gutters. It’s not a pleasant job but you should inspect your gutters every spring and autumn. Take the time to get rid of any debris or dirt that may have gotten caught in the gutters.

4. Remove screens. Take out all window screens and door screens. Repair screens as needed so you won’t have to fix them next spring. Put in storm windows if you have them.

5. Change all air filters. It’s best to change air filters every three to six months, so you may want to set up reminders to yourself to do this.

6. Inspect vents and heating ducts. Clean, dust and repair if needed. It’s also a good idea to make sure your heater is working efficiently, too. Better to find out you need your heater fixed now then when it 10 below!

7. Cover the second floor vents. I got this tip from my father in-law. In the winter, cover the vents on the upper floors of your house and open wide the vents on your first floor and basement. Since heat rises, doing this helps to keep your first floor a little warmer without putting the thermostat up too high. *

8. Check for leaks. Inspect all windows and doors to make sure there aren’t any drafts. If so, caulk, seal or replace strippers. You can buy an insulator kit; or, cover the windows with plastic. don’t forget to check any wires or plumbing that leads to the outside to make sure they aren’t leaking any drafts into the house, too.

9. Replace those batteries! Test and replace the batteries in all smoke detectors, carbon monoxide monitors and flash lights.

10. Inspect your fireplace. If you have a fireplace, consider getting a chimney sweep and have a professional inspect the fireplace to make sure it is safe to use.

Just one more:

11. Check for bugs. Now that the weather is getting cold, you may want to keep an eye out for bugs, small animals and/or other critters who may be looking for a warm place to stay! The attic, kitchen cupboards and dark basements are all places they like to hide. If need be, get an exterminator.

You turn. What’s your autumn “must-do” maintenance tip? Let us know in the comments.

*Reverse this for the summer: Cover all the vents on the first floor and basement and close all the vents in the upper floors. This will keep the upper floors a little cooler in the summer.

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Ten Reasons to Love Autumn

(repost)

My favorite season has always been spring; but, I have to admit that autumn has slowly become my new favorite. I don’t tolerate winter very well, so for years, autumn was nothing more than a precursor to my most dreaded season. However, over the past few years, I’ve come to appreciate the many joys of autumn. Here are the top ten reasons I’ve come to love the season of autumn:

10 Reasons to Love Autumn

1. Cooler weather. After the scorched days of August, the cooler weather of autumn is a welcome relief!

2. The colors. I love the deep, earthly colors of autumn! The reds, the oranges, the yellows and browns are comforting and homey.

3. Fall Foliage. When I lived in Ohio, I loved walking or driving around town to look at the leaves as they turned color and fell to the ground. Here, in NJ, I love to see the turning leaves. the NJ Parkway is lovely in the fall. And, who doesn’t love the reward of jumping into a newly raked pile of crunchy leaves?!!

4. Fall Festivals. Bring on the fall festival fun! The hay rides, the mazes, and all the harvest goodness that comes with fall festivals is definitely worth the onset of autumn. ๐Ÿ™‚

5. Snuggling. It is so much fun to snuggle up on the couch with a good book and cup of tea. Or, better yet, to cuddle up on the couch with my husband and son and read or watch TV together!

6. Flannel sheets. I love the cozy warmth of flannel sheets (and pajamas). Although, I must confess, it makes getting out of bed so much harder. ๐Ÿ˜‰

7. Family gatherings. Summer gatherings and barbecues are fun; but, there’s nothing like Thanksgiving dinner or getting together around the kitchen to chat or for a rowdy game of Pictionary!

8. Pumpkin carving – and eating! Some people are so creative. It’s fun to see all the different designs and characters that are carved out of the pumpkins. Unfortunately, I’m not very creative, so I’ll stick to decorating with markers and stickers. LOL! And let’s not forget the wonderful pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, and pumpkin soup!

9. Apples, apples, everywhere!ย  Apple picking must be one of the best things about fall. And, even if you can’t get to an apple orchard, apples are so inexpensive now. There are so many varieties to try and choose from. I make a simple homemade applesauce that my family loves. Besides, who doesn’t love warm apple cider, apple pie and apple butter? I also like to toss apples in my sausage, peppers and potatoes recipe for a touch of sweetness.

10. Soups and Stews. There’s nothing better than a nice, hot bowl of soup to warm you up on a cold day, so I make lots of homemade soups and stews in the fall/winter. Just throw a few ingredients in the slow cooker and in a few hours you have a tasty and hearty supper. Add some bread and/or salad and you have a complete and healthy meal.

The one thing you aren’t going to find on my list is football. I’m sorry (Not!) to say that I don’t like football. {gasp!} It’s true. I find it boring. Did you know that during a 3 hour football game there’s only about 11 minutes of action. I’m not kidding. My father-in-law read it somewhere last year and then calculated it for himself. If you don’t believe me you ask him yourself! ๐Ÿ˜‰ That’s not to say that I never watch a game. My husband watches it once in a while; so I’ll sort of watch bits and pieces of the game.

What do you love about Autumn? Do share!

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Fall Festival Fun

We took Andrew to a fall/apple festival a couple of weeks ago. It was a beautiful day and we had a lot of fun! Unfortunately, most of the pictures I took didn’t come out except for these few:

Father and son

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree!

Even with holding on he had a hard time sinking his teeth into the apple.

Bobbing for apples

The dry version of bobbing for apples!

This cow won a bunch of ribbons and awards but I don’t remember why:

Mama cow

Mama cow

And this one is in training:

Baby cow

Baby cow

 

(Linked to Wordless Wednesday and Wordful Wednesday.)