Here in NE Fla we get cyclical weather patterns and this year (so far) we have been blessed with unseasonably warm weather. Now I'm not gonna go all Al Gore on you and blame it on global warning but I will recommend that you use the cycles to your advantage. When it's warm get a jumpstart on the spring chores so you don't waste primo fishing time or (insert favorite spring activity here). Paint,paint, paint when it's warm paint.By the time a few cycles of weather pass you'll be done painting. Everyone has spring chores to get done and weather permitting do them in the winter.Do you really want to clean the garage on a beautiful spring day? If I was a golfing man I'd rather be reserving a tee time without feeling guilty.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
What not to do is usually a better question. There are lots of little things that get lost in the big ones. You know that little paint touch up that you'll always get to later? Guess what it's later. My month and a half of open window weather seem to be drawing to a close so before I slam and lock them I may as well see what shape they're in. It's a no brainer to clean the woodstove and fireplace that should be done already...duh. Uh what else?
I said it and it did. I can't complain too much about the climate here. Except for it's soggy, muggy, buggy, moldy and ....well it turns out I can complain. But mornings like today are perfect. That cup of coffee feels and smells great even if it wasn't pumpkin spiced coffee house crap. I think a few things are in order to get ready for the real cold and I don't mean polishing the winter flip flops.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
A lot of stuff slips through the cracks. Like wind...wind slips through. Water. water slips through. If we are to be warm and snug in our abode the cracks should be plugged. As I write this I am sitting in shirtsleeves and fending off an invasion of ants large enough to tow a car. That does not mean I won't get cold soon. My home is blessed with a single option for heating which is the one where you burn stuff. This means I need to clean and prepare the burning apparatus from last season to get it ready for this season. I read too many stories of space heater "accidents" every year so don't let it happen to you. The time is now to prepare for the cold and do it safely.
Thursday, October 3, 2013
I guess we have a new one brewing. I should correct myself here and say we have the next one brewing. For the people on the gulf coast I hope all stay safe and have their preparations in order. There are a number of things to take into account when deciding 'Should I stay or should I go?' If you are old enough to recognize the song reference I am probably preaching to the choir. You already have your things in order because you've been there done that. Modern meteorological capabilities are a wonderful thing. They are able to forecast with stunning accuracy where a storm is forming and where it will likely head. My advice to you is don't let the decision to leave be a last minute thing. I know everyone has work, school, family and other things to take into consideration. So consider this...Do you need to go? Is your home built of modern sturdy construction in an area unlikely to flood or suffer tree damage? Do you have the supplies on hand for yourself and family to rough it for a few days? By roughing it I mean cooking, cleaning, and ...yes using the ...er..um..facilities in the great outdoors. This one is not shaping up to be a big one but one can never be certain. You need look at the big picture.