If you don't have your home in shape for winter by next week, it might be too late. Where I live in Sacramento, leaves are falling, maple trees are bursting into brilliant colors of red and orange and the last tomato has been plucked off the vine.
What I haven't done is clean out the gutters and tuckpoint the exterior of our chimney. Well, when I really think about it, I haven't fertilized the camellias or rose gardens, either. But the garden tools have been cleaned and buffed dry, the lawnmower has been drained, and my new screen doors have been installed, primed and painted.
In actuality, there is much less to do to winterize a home in Sacramento than, say, Minneapolis. I still have a picture in my mind of my husband pushing our snowblower down the street to the shop six blocks away, huffing and huffing.
Although I love to visit places where it snows, I'm thrilled I don't have to remove screens and replace them with storm windows or the dozens of other tasks necessary in a place where it snows. No sidewalks to shovel, no sub-zero temperatures to bundle up for and no surprises that my driveway has been blocked by huge snow banks pushed into place by the city snow plows.
How about you? Have you prepared your home for winter yet? You've still got a bit of time. Check out my tips for winterizing your home.