If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know that . . . I love summer.
Oh, sure. Fall is nice, too. All that color. Those crisp, cool days. Pumpkin-everything. I like that. But summer is what I really, really love.
So I usually head into fall (which is really just a prelude to winter. . . ) in Total Denial. (Complete.)
This week, though, is making me come to my senses . . . at least a little bit! It's cold. The clouds don't look like "summer clouds" anymore. I can see leaves beginning to turn. It's getting darker earlier in the evening. One of my neighbors already has a lovely pumpkin display on her porch.
So. Fall is coming.
But I don't have to like it.
Ten Things I Do . . . To Get My Home Ready for Fall (once I take my head out of the sand, that is. . . ):
- Clean up my garden beds for the season. (I don't do a lot of this. Because "winter interest." But I do some.)
- Bring in the hoses. (Because who wants frozen pipes?)
- Shut down the sprinkler system. (See #2.)
- Store the patio furniture. (But not until I absolutely Have To.)
- Plant spring bulbs. (This really doesn't get my home ready for fall; technically, it gets my home ready for spring. But still.)
- Take down the screens. (See #4.)
- Replace my outdoor containers with fall plants -- mostly mums, but some pansies and fall grasses, too. (I usually cheat and don't really plant them. I just prop them in containers.) (Because at this point, does it matter?)
- Buy some pumpkins. Maybe some decorative corn. And probably some gourds. (Because I get Into It at some point.)
- Change the interior decor. (Yeah. I have fall decorations that I love. Once I accept that It Is Fall, After All.) (And that hasn't happened yet.)
- Put away my flip-flops. (But not until frostbite threatens.)
How about YOU? What do you do to get your home ready for fall?