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Preparing for winter
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This afternoon I called the local Toyota station and made an appointment for an oil change, get everything checked, maybe a tune-up - whatever is needed for winter. What are you doing to prepare for
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Preparing for winter

posted at 11/8/2011 8:16 PM EST
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This afternoon I called the local Toyota station and made an appointment for an oil change, get everything checked, maybe a tune-up - whatever is needed for winter.

What are you doing to prepare for winter?

Re: Preparing for winter

posted at 11/8/2011 8:59 PM EST
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My son is cleaning up the yard and putting some of the yard furniture away.Changed the furnace filter.Did a test run on the furnace.They will be doing an oil change on the truck and car.We will be putting away the summer clothes and bringing out the warmer clothes.I just brought out my throws to use as the weather gets colder.Stocking my pantry with things to make soups, chili and stews.I know there is more but can't think right now.

Re: Preparing for winter

posted at 11/8/2011 9:52 PM EST
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GRANA  here;WINTER PREP:
bring sweaters in from storage
freshen on air  only w/  a dryer sheet  if  needed
InSPRING[/ ADRYEputting tem away in the springtime,I clean & mend them all so there's little to do in the fall except occasoallyfreshen. them.
Huby hang p heavy blankets &bedspreads onoutsidewalls & covers  bedroom indow w/ another lanket.
Rotate mattress& make bed w/ a thermal l blanket & a quilt.
Repair, clean & pack up summer/warm, weather clothing.
Move things around in the freezer so that pot roast & stew meats are toward the top. since that is primarily what l'll be cooking in thecold weather.
Stockup on soup fixins( if needed)
Hubby buys icecream (typical inNew England( to eat ice cream on cold daysSurprisedWink
Replce twisty ( bulbs) w/  heat producing brighter bulbsto better  see books & get a little extra warmth.Smile
Oil change for car
Put AC to sleep for the winter: clean filter, check hoses & loosely cover( as directed by installation tech)

Re: Preparing for winter

posted at 11/8/2011 10:35 PM EST
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First: 5/3/2009
Last: 10/4/2012

Part 1 of 2
Gutters are cleared, the garden is gone & ready for the last raking, most of the outdoor items are stored. We both have a full talk of gas in the cars (I do not like to have under 1/2 a tank in the winter) Right now hubby is cleaning his 1/2 of the garage to get his car in ( I keep mine in all year, he keeps his out so he can sit in his 1/2 & watch TV  with his friends). I went out Monday & found a little sprig of dill hiding under some leaves (so I brought it in to dry) I saw several onions still growing so I left them for now & the parsley in the pot was moved by the grill to protect it for a few more days before I cut & dry it.
Today I cleaned & filled the salt & pepper shakers, I replenished the large shakers that I keep the taco seasoning & onion soup in. I start stocking up in Oct. for seasonal items on sale (& the canned goods that go on sale every year this time). So far I have 24 green beans, 24 corn, 12 peas, 12 carrots (I like fresh but there are times when I use canned)(all were on sale 40 to 60% of reg. price), last week I bought 14 Ocean Spray whole berry (I use all year) & will buy a few more this week (the sale is for 2 weeks), I have a few chicken broth & 8 beef(I  will buy more this week since I use when I cook a roast), bought hubby 12 cans of bean & bacon soup, have 12 tomato soup, 12 chicken rice soup (I use for colds & flu & upset stomach), have 6 cherry pie filling, 6 pure  pumpkin (small can), have several large cans of coffee(for hubby) & 500 reg. tea bags & several flavored teas & 3 boxes of decaf. for me, I also have a supply of Crystal Light peach mango green tea for me. Just bought new baking powder, 6 packs of yeast, 10# flour, 20# russet potatoes, have a few packs of instant potatoes(just add boiling water) for emergency (exp date Sept. 2012) several catsup, jars of pickles, salsa, pizza sauce, boxes of pasta, noodles, pineapple, tropical fruit, tuna, applesauce, relish, refried beans, oatmeal & instant oatmeal, 24 bottles of water(for emergency), corn muffin mix, a supple of dog treats, popcorn, breakfast sausage, jello, pudding, chili beans, chili ready tomatoes, stewed & reg. tomatoes, I bought 3 cans of real whipped topping, have several jars of jam(strawberry, apricot, blackberry & raspberry), few jars of peanut butter (for hubby), several cans of beef(for hubby) & turkey(for me) stew, about 10 can of chunky soup. The freezers have a nice supply of bell peppers from the garden, 5 beef roasts, beef ready for pepper steak, & kabobs, boneless pork chops & boneless skinless chicken breasts, 3 meat loaves, ground chunk packs for about 12 meals, I formed burger patties for 6 times.

Re: Preparing for winter

posted at 11/8/2011 11:21 PM EST
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Pt 2 of 2
I should have said in the first post that I have a master list of things to stock up on.
I still need to buy bread flour, D batteries (I already have AA, AAA, 9volt & C), orange juice, cream cheese, yams, butter & stick oleo, soft oleo, shortening, walnuts, almonds, different cheeses, snack crackers, coconut, brown & powdered sugars, cranberry juice. I also need more laundry detergent, food for the parrot, few more evaporated milk, Tums(for hubby), aspirin, mustard & Miracle Whip, & more chicken.
I have a supple of paper towels, napkins, kleenex & bath tissue, dishwasher gel, jet dry, dish soap, bleach, fabric softener, condensed milk, Nestle morsels, BBQ sauce, A1, lemon juice, stuffing, cold & flu relief items. I have a lot of candles, & all tap lights & flaghlights (except 2 newly bought) have new batteries. I have a bag with afghan, earmuffs, socks, extra gloves, crank flashlight, screwdriver, hammer, kleenex, 2 trashbags, & grocery plastic bags(to put feet in so they keep dry) that I will keep in the car with some hard candy, & a few Capri Sun pouches & a book to read. I do not drive far, but there is a short stretch of road that is between subdivisions with privacy fences all along it, no street lights & not much traffic after 8:00PM that I like to take to a couple of stores (to avoid traffic)

In the past I have had to go a month without leaving the house(due to a medical emergency), so I make sure  we have enough to last us about 5 weeks & to be prepared for drop ins or last minute over night guests( like having 6 people over & find they are snowed in & have to sleep over Undecided).
 I will freeze turkey broth & turkey veg. soup starting Fri. after Thanksgiving(I buy a big turkey even if it will just be the 2 of us) & I like to buy a whole boneless ham & cut in 1/3s or 1/4s & freeze.


Right now I have a couple throws in the dryer & will be slowly getting the afghans out.  Monday I did the bird cage(I covered 2/3s of it with window plastic to keep the drafts out from the front door, the Parrot cage is almost 6ft high.
I have stored most of hubby's short sleeve pullovers & got all the long sleeve out.

Re: Preparing for winter

posted at 11/8/2011 11:58 PM EST
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Wow, Fran, you tired me out just by reading through your list of accomplishments and stored food items!!! Reminded me of the years we lived in Iowa and the mountains of Colorado. I'd forgotten how much one has to do to prep for winter. I think I'll stay put here in California!

I've trimmed all the bushes for the winter, put the outdoor chair cushions in the garage, covered the A/C, and am getting ready to plant a few things for winter color. I still have about a dozen tomatoes ripening on the vine, as well as peppers. My rosemary and chives grow year-round. My cilantro and dill are growing nicely. My husband lit the pilot light for our electric fireplace. And that's about it. ;-))

Re: Preparing for winter

posted at 11/9/2011 8:52 AM EST
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Year 'round I keep a plastic box in the basement.  It's filled with good, big flash lights and extra batteries, canned and dry cat food, a couple canned sodas, a couple plastic cans of soup,  plastic spoons and napkins, a heavy manual can opener (just in case), snack candy, a Bible, lots of such things.  It sets next to a big plastic bag of a pillow, a couple heavy blankets and there's 3 big jugs of water.   Very important - a fresh litter box.
That supply stays there all year (spring and summer mean tornado warnings) and I am careful to rotate all food items.

Re: Preparing for winter

posted at 11/9/2011 11:19 AM EST
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I like to stock up on baking supplies because when its cold outside I enjoy baking

also need to make sure the truck is prepared for winter..we carry a blanket and bottled water and some type of snack food just incase we get stuck somewhere

Re: Preparing for winter

posted at 11/9/2011 12:10 PM EST
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In central IL the weather in the fall is roller-coaster changeable.  Yesterday was in the high 60's . today is low 40's with high winds.  So I do not pack away either warm weather clothes or winter woolies.  From one day to the next, you never know which you will need.
At least, it is never dull.

Re: Preparing for winter

posted at 11/9/2011 12:12 PM EST
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We also carry blankets and snacks and candles in the car and a can to melt snow in if we ar stuck in the winter.
I also have a shovel and kitty litter to put under the tires if stuck somewhere.

Re: Preparing for winter

posted at 11/9/2011 12:15 PM EST
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I should have said we make sure outside chores get done on those warm days.  Other days are times to change filters, put in fresh batteries, check supplies of non perishables in the pantry,  all those chores associated with hunkering down when the weather turns cold for sure.
Last year we were snowed in a couple of times so advance prep is important

Re: Preparing for winter

posted at 11/9/2011 12:27 PM EST
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Thanks for all of the sharing good hints

Re: Preparing for winter

posted at 11/9/2011 12:38 PM EST
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I love to bake when it cold outside.  Even more so if it is snowing.  But then I worry about the electricty going off. Undecided

Re: Preparing for winter

posted at 11/9/2011 1:51 PM EST
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we got the snow blower out and put it in our garage so if we get snow we can walk it right out side delaware don't get muc but  we can get hit hard and we live out side of town so we are the last place plowed 2 years ago we were snowed in with 3 storms  and no plows to be had and to pay someone cost a arm and your last dollar. we help our neighbors but we are 71 and they live  about 2  to 3 acres away . but we chip in to help hope we have a good winter

Re: Preparing for winter

posted at 11/9/2011 2:00 PM EST
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I have been cleaning up the yard.  All my flowers and plants are gone and I am raking leaves.  The patio furniture has been put away too.  Inside, I am getting out the extra blankets and putting the flannel sheets on the bed.

Re: Preparing for winter

posted at 11/9/2011 3:03 PM EST
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It is so windy here today that hopefully the neighbor's trees will be done making a mess of our driveway and yard(our trees were cut down years ago).   And if it ever stops raining maybe we can get the leaves out of here lol.  Garden has already been cleared, except for the horseradish that stays all year long.  If it dries out maybe we can get the patio chair cushions put away this weekend but I heard they are predicting snow showers maybe for tonight........YUCK.

Since I stock up all year long, I don't really have much to buy for the winter(except maybe another snow shovel lol).  Probably have enough even if we get stuck in the house for a week or two.

I am so hoping that all the "experts" are wrong about the midwest having a really bad winter this year.  Just getting too old for shoveling this much lol.

Re: Preparing for winter

posted at 11/9/2011 3:32 PM EST
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Today I did mostly stock up shopping to fill the pantry.I have plenty in the freezer.I have 20# of egg noodles and 30# of varies pasta 20# rice 20# sugar 25# flour,30 pouches of tuna,just added 18 jars of peanut butter last week,cans of vegetables and fruits,20 box's potatoes and stuffing mix,2 cases of Ramen noodles I try to keep things that can be prepared with minimal amout of cooking and the list goes on.I always try to keep a full pantry in todays world you need to keep a good supply because you never know what can happen.I also have a french press coffee pot I can make coffee with boiled water,no electric needed. A few years back we had rolling black outs and no power in some areas for a week.I also have 6 large bags of charcoal which could be used in an emergency for cooking.

Re: Preparing for winter

posted at 11/9/2011 5:29 PM EST
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It is getting colder.....  i have to buy winter clothes, my closet is full of summer clothes lol,i already have a jacket,

Re: Preparing for winter

posted at 11/11/2011 11:33 PM EST
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I stock up on food, both in the freezer and canned food and dry goods, like pasta, rice, flour, sugar, etc.  I also try to keep no less than half a tank of gas in the van.  Also stock up on tissues, toilet paper, soaps, detergent, etc.

Re: Preparing for winter

posted at 11/12/2011 7:29 AM EST
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I wish I could repair and improve the local power system so I wouldn't have to worry about it!
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