Weekend Challenges

Weekend Challenge: Get Ready for Fall

(Last Updated On: September 15, 2017)

Yes, we’ve been talking all week about minimizing the fallout from the Equifax breach, but if you have reviewed your credit report and your accounts and put a security freeze on your credit reports, you can probably take a bit of a break from that stress this weekend.  On Monday, we’ll work some more on making life easier after the worst data breach in history.

In the meantime, this weekend, get ready for fall!  This wonderful season arrives in the United States on Friday, September 22, 2017, so this is the last summer weekend to do all those tasks that need to be handled before cool/cold weather arrives.

What I Did

My husband and I spent a couple of days handling a few tasks:

  • Removing the tomato plants that no longer had tomatoes or flowers on them.
  • Weeding the garden.  The garden always gets a little umkempt at the end of the season in our household.
  • Preparing the soil in our raised beds for our fall garden.
  • Planting kale and spinach.
  • Harvesting, dehydrating, grinding, and storing the basil, rosemary, and sage remaining in our garden.
  • Cleaning our four-year-old daughter’s pool with the pressure washer and putting it in a large Sterlite container in the attic.
  • Washing our winter blankets.

We calendared a few others:  our upcoming HVAC inspection, winterizing our faucets and pump, and even the professional cleaning of our young daughter’s sleeping bag.

Your Turn!

Complete any tasks that need to be handled before the cool weather arrives.  Some ideas:

  • Garden
    • Remove the unproductive plants that remain in your garden.
    • Remove and store any tomato cages that won’t be needed for your fall garden.
    • Harvest the fruit or vegetables that are ripe in your garden.
    • Weed your garden.
    • Plant your fall garden.
  • Yard
    • If you have an in-ground pool, a long-term above-ground pool, or a hot tub, winterize it or them.  If you have a child’s pool in your yard that you remove during the colder months, empty and clean it, and put it away.
    • Remove other items that will get no use during the winter and that won’t weather the cold.  If it’s too soon to put furniture, grills, or outdoor globe string lights away in your neck of the woods (hello, fire pits and ‘Smores weather!), make a note to remove them when the weather turns frigid.  (For us, that time is typically in January.)
    • Winterize your outdoor faucets by covering them or making a note on your calendar to do so later in the fall when you are no longer using your outdoor faucets regularly.  We do so at the beginning of November.
    • Winterize your pump if you have one or make a note on your calendar to do so later in the fall when the temperatures drop a bit more.
  • House
    • If you have your HVAC serviced twice a year, contact your service company to schedule your fall visit.  Otherwise, check your heater now to ensure it works–before cold weather arrives.
    • Consider pulling your blankets out of storage and washing or having them cleaned now.

How Did You Do?

What tasks did you decide to complete?  Leave me a comment and let me know what you did!

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