With the specter of winter looming, my brain has kicked into high gear thinking about all of the things I need to do before freezing temperatures descend.
Here are some of the things scampering around in my head:
- Winterize exterior waterlines, including the old pump in the barn. While we don’t use the pump anymore thanks to our new water system, we never actually shut down the old system. Matt’s input on this project is, “How about we turn the light bulb back on?”
- Take off the window screens for cleaning and patching
- Fix up some winter beds for the cats. They’re pretty independent–remember Ralph made it through last winter all by herself when the farm was vacant–so this may consist of just ensuring they have access to lots of clean straw.
- Fix leak in basement foundation. Oh, I haven’t mentioned this lovely little development yet? It’s a real treat.
- Get rid of scrap metal.
- Organize driveshed so that we can find the snow shovels and park at least one car inside (this task includes running a magnet over the whole floor of the shed to pick up the many screws and nails that have been dumped/fallen in the gravel).
- Get rid of the woodstove and old chimney, which are currently sitting in the middle of Matt’s future parking space in the driveshed. Hopefully we can sell this and make some money to help fix the fireplace in the living room.
- Fit out the mudroom and front hall closet–you know, ’cause we just might be needing coats and boots at some point.
- Remove stakes from established trees and stake the new trees that we planted this spring.
- Install the flag pole. This was my Canada Day (July 1) project. Obviously, this project is not as vital as, say, making sure the pipes don’t freeze, but if we don’t get the flag pole planted soon, the hole that we drilled when we had the auger may not be useable.
- Pull the fallen tree out of the pond. Hopefully our farmer and his powerful tractor can help us with this one. I have a feeling someone is going to end up in the water, and her name will likely be Julia.
- Buy snow tires for my car. My fingers are crossed that one of the many sets of rims we have found around the property will fit my car.
- Put away the lawn furniture–this one should be a simple matter of dragging the chairs and tables up to the barn.
Hmmm… 14 tasks. I guess that means we should be done in two weeks, eh? Yeah right.
Just in case I find some spare time lying around, let me add a couple of “nice-to-dos” to my “need-to-dos:”
- Install a bird feeder on the driveway turnaround, so I can watch the birds while I have my breakfast. My parents have a feeder in their backyard, and, surprisingly, at our old house where we didn’t have one, I really missed watching the birds eat their breakfast while I ate mine.
- Trim up some trees around the property and maybe even take down a sickly blue spruce. Goodness knows we don’t need more firewood, but I’m sick of seeing broken branches on the trees lining the driveway and down at the pond.
Anyone else out there feeling the approaching onset of winter? For my rural readers, any tips on winter care for barn cats? What’s on your fall to-do list? And please, someone tell me that you too have dirty screens… anyone?