Winterizing and other Important Stuff

I spent the better part of yesterday afternoon painting my porch. I was going to take a picture of it so you all could be proud of me, but not only is it raining here, the battery in my camera needs to be you'll either have to trust me or wait until Monday when I will hopefully have a photo. In the meantime, you can see a bit of the railing from the porch in this photo, and you will have to agree that it was in dire need of paint.

This is something I had to do before the lovely leaves of Autumn turn into the bitter cold of a New England winter. For those of you that have to deal with snowy is now the time (unfortunately) to think about preparing the house.

My to do list:

  1. Paint the porch (CHECK)

  2. Cover the air conditioner

  3. Pull up my annuals

  4. Plant tulip bulbs (and maybe some other pretty spring flowers, but definitely tulips)

  5. Rake the leaves ...yuck!

  6. Put away the outdoor furniture

Sounds fun, no? What sorts of things are on your lists?

And while we're talking about hasn't escaped my mind that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This photo is of my Mother-In-Law and her sisters and mother. See that cute l'il punkin sitting on her mother's lap, that's my Mother-In-Law! She is truly one of the most beautiful women I have ever met. And you know what more? She's one tough cookie, that lady. She is both a breast cancer and a colon cancer survivor! She's a fighter. Thanks to aggressive treatment, she's still here with us. Thank Heavens, because I'm not sure what we'd do without her. In honor of her, and the wonderful influence for good that she is in my life and the lives of my family and many others, I want to remind all of my wonderful readers to please make sure you do self-exams and get annual mammograms if you are over 40. Okay, lecture over.

Come over and visit me at Blissfully Domestic where I'm talking about making your bookshelves beautiful! Love to see you there ! (well, I can't really see you, but you know what I mean) ;-)

Have a wonderful weekend~


Betsy said...

Luckily we are in Texas and really have no winter more of a chilly fall. So not winter prep here just hoping that we are through with days in the upper 80s and lower 90s.

Unknown said...

What a great picture! I glad we don't really have to prep for winter. Good luck I hope you get it all done.

Victoria said...

Here in Ga we don't have major prep to do for winter; however, this time of year, we tend to do most of our outdoor stuff since it's not so hot! Next weekend all of our storm windows come off, window trim and cornice is painted. While hubs is painting I guess I'll be cleaning the windows!!!

We do have leaves to rake which I actually enjoy. 3 year old has a rake to help this year too. :)

Sounds like your MIL is an amazing woman. I love the old picture! It is a beautiful picture.

Ms. Tee said...

What a sweet tribute to your mother-in-law. The old photo is beautiful. :)

Darlene said...

We don't have snowy winters here just an occasional snow. So we don't have to do much prep at all.

What a wonderful tribute to your MIL. She sounds amazing!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

I love that photo!! As for this husband is out of town so maybe I will actually start on that baby book? :) Who knows!

Valarie Lea said...

Had mine this week :)

My grandmother passed away from breast cancer and my mother has had it twice. Having a double mascectomy this last time.

nikkicrumpet said...

Gee our lists look surprisingly similar....hmmmm maybe it's because I'm from New England too and facing the same LOOOONG COOOOOLD winter! It's so sad when the leaves fall and we know whats coming! Thanks for stopping by my blog on my SITS day. What a blast it's been meeting so many new people...especially neighbors like you! And you were right...the porch did need a tiny bit of paint!

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

We painted the front door and our very old garage doors yesterday to try to get them through another winter yesterday!
Stop by my blog when you have a chance, I have some blog love to pass along to you!

trish said...

Your pictures is precious! Your mother in law has the sweetest smile! What a testament to her courage to fight cancer as she has. My dear friend just finished her last treatment for breast cancer and will have a double masectomy in the next month. She has remained very sweet through the entire ordeal. I stand in amazement and only hope that if I am ever faced with such a trial that I too could be as strong and brave as these ladies have been.
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

My list also includes cleaning out the garage so I can get cars in there! The photograph is wonderful and it is neat that you have such a good relationship with your MIL.

Unknown said...

I'm lucky I live in a Townhouse - we don't have much to prep for winter - just bring the grill in and I may plant some more tulips too. Great blog

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