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October 10th, 2013, 01:14 AM
How do you prepare your home or quilting life for fall. What do you do?

I can tomato sauce, dry herbs, lime compost my garden, usually plant bulbs and decide what varieties of veggies I want to plant next year, collect seeds, change curtains, wash walls, get the winter stuff ready to go because you never know when that first storm will hit, I stock up on sugar, all purpose and bread flower, yeast, chocolate chips and place my order for gourmet chocolate for candy making, I will be making a run to a great meat store to stock our downstairs freezer with great winter meal meats.

What is new for me this year is stocking up on quilting supplies. I want my sewing room ready for the storm that will likely leave me with nothing to do but sew. Thanks to the Elm Creek Travelers book club I should always have a good book to read as well. Usually I am making socks and Jammies to wear around the house in the winter but this year I find I would rather make me a quilt to cuddle under while reading a good book.

My favorite thing about fall is just being comfortable again. I don't love the heat and I figure I can always put more on than I would ever want to take off!

Tonight's question is: what are you doing to prepare for fall/winter? Not every Night Owl is in their Autumn heading into winter. What season are preparing for and what are you looking forward to doing most?

October 10th, 2013, 01:21 AM
While we don't have winters like those any where else, I still prepare by drying my sage and rosemary (growning down our home's sidewalk), hubby stocks up on the food and canned goods, and we filter gallons of water to put away. I just bought about 1 years worth of fabric at Missouri Star's Quilt store ***yeah in person*** so I've tons of projects set aside!

While there's no real "winter" here, it's also my time to order garment fabrics and get my cut and sew schedule and my helpers lined up, then pretend it's too cold so I can excuse myself to do nothing but sew, sew, look at what Should be cleaned, then go back and sew more :-)

What do you do?

October 10th, 2013, 01:26 AM
Aww man, I feel like such a slacker! lol I don't really prepare for fall, but winter we do a little. I get my studded tires on usually in November/December to prepare for icy roads, we get a lot of black ice. We bring in our water hoses and sprinklers along with the lawn mower, and other than that we don't do much! lol We stay stocked up on "dry goods" all year round (canned food, dry pasta, rice, flour, sugar, yeast, cake mixes, etc) so we don't have to do much of that. I should probably stock up on batteries though... And I bought two packs of needles back a few months ago that I haven't even opened yet so I'm good on those. Maybe some rotary blades, I go through those things like it's nobody's business!

My Mom makes jelled beets every fall (is that even a thing outside of Newfoundland?), I guess I should get the recipe from her for those because they're amazing! This year she's already promised that she'll share with me because she knows I love them :) Not sure if they'll compare to Lisa's chocolate candies she's talking about up there though, I'm drooling just thinking about it! lol

October 10th, 2013, 01:36 AM
I love the leaves changing and I go to Joannes and buy some autumn things to spread around and I love pine cones they smell so good. They make your whole house smell yummy.
I decide to see how many and what kind of Christmas cookies, my family loves them. I used to do ceramics, made my own jewelry, crochet.

October 10th, 2013, 02:02 AM
I've done all of my canning/freezing...beans, corn, squash, jalapeno peppers, and tomatoes. We've got sweet potatoes and white potatoes dug and stored. Carrots are still in the ground and we have new spinach starting in the cold frames. We've found that spinach will grow nearly all winter in the cold frames since my DH set up a heat and ventilation system in them.

I usually do major cleaning in the fall in preparation for the holidays, but I won't be doing a lot of that this year. My recent MRI shows a ruptured disk, so I have to meet with a spine surgeon/specialist to see what my options are. Next week, I'm having MOHS surgery on my nose to remove a basal cell cancer. I guess this is my Fall to take it easy. Maybe I can hire a house cleaner! I'll have to talk to hubby about that. :)

I am getting some quilting done, so that is fun. I've made my daughter a quilted purse and cosmetic bag and I'm making my son a wall hanging.

Well, I'm going to bed to see if I can get some sleep.

October 10th, 2013, 02:06 AM
Hmmmmm? Not sure that I do anything to prepare for Fall other that to start thinking of buying Christmas presents. It rains a little but not enough to keep me from going to the store. Because of warm weather we don't even show the Fall colors on our trees. (or very few trees) I basically get ready for the holidays as they come. I know boring!

October 10th, 2013, 02:22 AM
I don't do anything. It's groundhogs day (the movie) all year round. Nothing changes.

October 10th, 2013, 02:23 AM
Hello Night Owls, I see Lisa was already with an interesting question for us.

For Fall I put a Fall wreath on the front door, buy a few potted mums to put in between the front yard foundation shrubs and begin stocking up on staples and canned goods like tomatoes, Progresso's Chickarena (sp) Soup and fruits. I make some jams and apple butter. Also need to get family over to do a Fall clean up in the back yard as DH and I can't do it ourselves any longer. Well we could do it but only for about 20 minutes at a time and that would take us all Winter to do. I begin thinking about Christmas, gifts and who is hosting the dinner this year.

Winter preparations are putting evergreen wreaths on the front door and fence gates and Christmas lights up outside before it gets too cold. Deck furniture is put away, potted plants are put near the house, snow blowers, shovels and salt are put in the garage, heavier quilts are on the beds and TV room couch, gallons of water just in case and our gas fireplace is turned on. Continue stocking up and adding as much meat and veggies to our fridge freezer as I can.

Because I'll be indoors a lot more during the cold weather I make sure I have enough fabric for several projects and some warm socks to keep my feet warm. I put a box of sewing supplies in the dining room because my sewing room can get pretty cold during the winter so I sew downstairs where it is warmer. I go through our 'library' and pick out a few books I would like to re-read. Tired myself out thinking about doing all these chores so I'm taking a break. May 57724

October 10th, 2013, 03:19 AM
A lot of our winter prep is done during the summer! We mend/repair fences, bring in 400 bales of hay, empty out the tool sheds and repair/replace equipment. I have decided to freeze most of the berries and make jams & jellies when it cools off a bit.

I do more baking and soups are more welcome once fall arrives. There is always the big push for the end of season harvest for most things in the garden. I am trying to dry more stuff this year. I put an entire big bunch of celery in a jelly jar just by dehydrating it. It rehydrates and flavors soups and stews just fine. If you look in a box of stove top stuffing, the celery in there is dehydrated! I haven't gotten the pressure canner up and running yet, but I'll probably try some of the soups in there as I can never make just enough for the three of us!

Our cold weather usually holds off until at least November, so we'll probably wait to close off the extra faucets until then. You know it's winter when the faucet boobies go on. We do make sure we have candles, matches, batteries and the like stocked. The woodstove will keep us warm and the camping gear would allow us to cook, so no real fears there.

I have enough fabric to keep me busy for quite awhile. Although, if we were without power I'd have to settle for cutting new projects or trying to hand sew. I'd probably dig out the cross stitch and work on that, as my hand sewing leaves some to be desired!

Well, this was a lovely break, and now I must get back the quilt I am working on. I forget how much fun it is to try to shove a quilt through the throat of my machine. Bernette is a trusty worker though, and she does a marvelous job with whatever I try to make her do!

Have a good night! Cathy

October 10th, 2013, 03:54 AM
Hmmm.. Lets see. We really don't do a lot to get ready for winter. Being New Englanders all our lives, we just go with the flow. We're pretty much always prepared for storms since we can get them at any time of the year, wether its flooding in the spring and summer, hurricanes in the fall and snow in the winter. So, needless to say, we always have batteries and candles on hand. I keep a good stock of dry food going that would last a good amount of time and we have a big freezer that we keep a good rotation going with meats and veggies. We will, after Halloween, put away the patio furniture and lawn mower and pull out the snow blowers and make sure they are all tuned up and ready. We do keep our grill out all year(covered of course) as I cook on it all year long. I have actually been cooking my meat for Christmas on the grill for the last two years and its been oh so yummy. I make beef and pork tenderloins. Plus, if I want a steak in January, I need my grill. Can't cook a steak in the house, it just doesn't taste good...lol I have plenty of fabric to keep me going on small or large projects and then there is the dreaded fall cleaning.
That's pretty much it...nothing too crazy. I like staying on top of things all year round so I don't have so much to do at one time.

October 10th, 2013, 04:04 AM
Fall. hum whats that... we have hot hotter and hottest.. east texas here... I cant sleep either... so I get up at noon, play with the dogs, then sew til 11 pm then watch tv and go to bed at 3 - then it starts over...

we dont wear coats, just long sleeves. so making christmas and fall stuff is pointless when you dont have the weather to get you in the mood.

Granny Judy
October 10th, 2013, 05:15 AM
Central Illinois checking in.. we get it all. Weather that is. From white-out blizzards to Lightening & Rain. So we are stocked with plenty of batteries, candles, butane heaters, extra warm clothes and lots of food stuff in the pantry. The extra water is stored now and I've got the dehydrator going full time. Freezer is full and all is RIGHT in my world.

My stash of project boxes is enough to keep 3 women busy through this Winter... Then there are the UFO's that need finished?? Yikes.. I need a helper over here. Any volunteers??

October 10th, 2013, 05:54 AM
I don't do anything. It's groundhogs day (the movie) all year round. Nothing changes.

I told Roxy the evergreens here look so different - She says, "They're all evergreens!"

October 10th, 2013, 05:59 AM
No plans - Fly By The Seat of Our Pants!
Then when there is trouble, this is what all seven of us do;

:icon_mooooh: :icon_mooooh: :icon_mooooh: :icon_mooooh: :icon_mooooh: :icon_mooooh: :icon_mooooh:

OMG, I crack me up!!!

October 10th, 2013, 06:58 AM
Well having been born & raised in FL and in living in SC for the last 33 yrs....not much of a "winter" person. I have never owned a true winter coat, tried boots a few times because the were fashionable...but too hot! Long sleeves & a heavy sweater is about as much as I do. Yes, I am cold natured.....but just the idea of a heavy coat makes me feel like I am suffocating!

I feel like a big lazy bum compared to y'all. I don't can, preserve, or jelly anything. If I try to grow anything, it just curls up & dies. I did not inherit my mother's green thumb. The last 2 or 3 yrs it's just been the hubby & me for Thanksgiving & Christmas (family issues with the 3 sons that live close.....long story). Don't get to see our two grandsons...last time we saw the 7 yr old was about 2 yrs ago and the 6 yr old over 3 yrs ago. (Each grandson belongs to a different son) I do my best not to let it get to me....I have done everything I know of to reach out & make amends for things that I don't even know that I did or didn't do. :( But it seems that their wives wear the pants in their families.

Haven't even put a Christmas tree the last two years.....considering it this year, but still not sure....I think "what's the point"????

Sorry to be the sad sack of the bunch....this is NOT my time of year.

October 10th, 2013, 07:04 AM
We prepare for fall which we're in now and winter by raking the leaves, trim down the plants and cover our shrub outside in front with burlap. Oh we also make sure we have enough salt to melt the ice in the laneway... Down comes our deck canopy, decorations and what not, then stored away for another year. This yearly ritual reminds me how fast time flies...

Some people like to buy snow tires for their cars but we don't as don't see they're needed, give a false sense of security I figure. We of course stay in much more during the winter as weather can be unpredictable, one minute it will be nice then we're hit with sleet which makes driving treacherous. I love winter tho' as enjoy the snow, there's nothing nicer than watching a snowfall from inside with a hot coffee, hubby and the three kitties.

Feb. and march can be tough months here especially if one's prone to depression as the days are very short and people stay in more, feeling isolated from friends and family. I though love to hear and feel the crunch of the snow under my boots on a cold day. At one time, we got very cold temps at times even down to the -30's but rarer now.

Cathy F
October 10th, 2013, 07:52 AM
This night owl has been a slacker the past few nights, sleep caught up to me.

We usually get the yard in order, weeding and cleaningout plants in the garden, raking leaves, putting away patio furniture, turning outside water off.

Inside it's a bit of fall cleaning however the older I get it's less aggressive :) than it used to be. I have a few quilt patterns put aside and bought some more fabric so I pretty much can find something to do in the sewing room over the winter not to mention some UFO"s that could stand to be finished. This week while at the quilt store I picked up extra sewing machine needles to have on hand.

October 10th, 2013, 07:56 AM
GrannyJudy - you find the extra couple women to help with your stash, send them to Arizona next!!!! I doubled my stash during my travels and will be surprised if I get it sewn up before next October!!! :-) Extra quilters needed to help sew stash in Lovely Arizona during Winter!!!!! Free room (shared with some clothing fabric) and extra sewing machines available - now who wouldn't want to come to Arizona during a winter any where else? ohh forgot a winter in Hawaii would be even BETTER!! :lol:

Iris Girl
October 10th, 2013, 08:04 AM
I need to clean windows and put up [plastic and heavy drapes over most to keep cold air and wind out, switch out the summer clothes for winter clothes. Hubby will switch the lawn mower with the snow blower to front of the shed. And the Harley will get winterized and put away til spring, oh and the bicycles need to get put away with the grill. I love fall but winter could disappear as far as I am concerned.

October 10th, 2013, 09:13 AM
Hmmm....preparing for Fall! Pantry is full, we suck up the fall leaves with the lawn mower, cut all the perrennials back after the 1st frost, fill the oil barrel (ugh!), I do alot of baking and get back in the swing of cooking our comfort foods and we gear up for Craft Fair Season!

October 10th, 2013, 09:28 AM
I really was a night owl last night, but computer wasn't cooperating. We don't have to do anything special to prepare for fall or even winter, since winter only last about 24 hours. What I am trying to prepare for is overtime season. I have worked ten to 12 hour days for over a year now, but soon they will be having us work our days off, too. Some depts. already are. SOOOO, anything I want to do quilting related for Christmas, I must get done now. I still have two projects I didn't finish and one never started that were intended as Christmas gifts last year. Can't believe I haven't worked on them in almost a year. Geesh.

October 10th, 2013, 09:41 AM
DH makes sure the propane tanks are all full while I seal off the window AC units, rake and/or chop all the fallen leaves, unhook and drain water hoses, etc. I try to keep the pantry stocked all year round by having one extra of staples on hand at all times. I get new wiper blades on the car in November and we winterize all the tractors and trucks (have fleets of both!) Fall wreaths and mums go out in October, Christmas wreaths and porch trees after Thanksgiving.

October 10th, 2013, 10:12 AM
I love that I am not the only one that prepares for their change of season. I thought I was old fashioned. I now know I am just smart. I sort of envy those that don't have to do any fall prep because it keeps me busy. I let hubby do the lawn mower thing and put all the deck furniture away, he gets to cut all the wood as well. My heavy labor is in the veggie garden and that is it.

Terri: You are welcome to come here for your Holiday's or anytime. I will gladly share my son and grand kids with you. We would have fun in the sewing room and if the men can always find something to keep them entertained.

Now to come up with a contest for another night, thinking, thinking!

October 10th, 2013, 10:34 AM
We just flip the furnace from Air to Heat... did it night before last. Dh will close the pool this weekend and we have a stock of wood ready. He may decide to get more, but it will be just to dry for next years bonfires. He has wood in the fireplace already for a fire to take the chill off if we need it. There is a distinct chill in the air this morning too.

October 10th, 2013, 10:57 AM
Terri, I hear you girl when you said, "I have done everything I know of to reach out & make amends for things that I don't even know that I did or didn't do. But it seems that their wives wear the pants in their families."

Been there with oldest son and wife - they declined all of our attempts to find out what went wrong so we could change things. We used to take their girls on trips with their cousins, go to their activities at school, dance and sports. We sort of made up when DS called several years ago to say they wanted to stop over the week before Christmas. Found out many months later from DH's sister that she had sent son and family a note in her Christmas card saying you only have one set of parents and they won't be here forever (because she was going through the same thing with one of her children).

We never got back like real family, more like casual friends but at least we got to see grandkids sometimes. DIL has never called us since the 'trouble" began and DS often forgets to return our calls. DIL now has cancer and we are kept pretty much in the dark unless we call to ask how she is. Never took us up on our offers to help by driving her to treatments or whatever was needed. Made her a comfort quilt but don't think she ever used it. Think we should have gotten the message years ago when we were told they would spend all Holidays with her family. I know DIL's mother is not the demanding type so it is DIL's desire.

Glad to say we do have another married son that lives nearby and we have been spending Christmas with them as their oldest DD hosts dinner at her condo. Youngest son is moving back East next month, in fact closing on his house Nov. 19 and I told him he should host Thanksgiving but first he has to get some furniture, LOL!

Hand in there Terri, change may happen at any time.

October 10th, 2013, 12:58 PM
How do I prepare for autumn/winter?
1. I buy a lot of tea
2. I put away the summer cloth and grumble about my empty cupboard
3. I think about the must have of some new warm Pullovers, but never find what I would like to have, so I wear my old Cloth
4. I start thinking on Christmas gifts for my dears
5. I try to find a common date for baking Christmas cookis with my daughter and the girlfriend of my son
6. I sit into the saune 5 times a week and don`t wont to leave it
7. I clean my golf clubs and put them away heavyhearted for the rest of the year, always hoping for a day of sunshine
8. I buy more tea and candles
9. I go to bed in fuzzy socks
10. I clean the ways arond our house from leaves every day
... list is not ready

October 10th, 2013, 01:41 PM
I turn everything into wine! Grapes, apples, cherries, elderberries, vineleaves........but not quinces. They are made into jelly.

October 10th, 2013, 02:02 PM
Interesting to see how everyone prepares.

We don't start preparing until the first of November. October is a busy month because the weather is nice and we both work so we like to get out and about on the week-ends.

I have switched to the fall decorations in the house. Probably the first week-end of November we'll clean, clean, clean. Make sure we have gas for the generator (and hope we don't need it). I will get my fall / winter clothes out and put the summer clothes away.

We don't do a huge amount of food stock because a lot of it goes to waste. If we get a forecast for a snowstorm, since I work in town, I will go at lunch or stop after work and get extra supplies.....then LET IT SNOW! During a 5 day power outage last summer we lost 3 freezers of food (before we got a generator) and decided then that we wouldn't do that anymore. We can make a pot of chili and eat for 3 days.

October 10th, 2013, 02:13 PM
Wow.......I never really thought about what people in other areas of the country do to prepare for season changes.

Here is how we prepare for fall......................step outside on the first cool, clear fall day & say........."Yay, it feels good out here!"............and we are done! :D Of course here we don't even have to prepare for winter.

Judy, USMC
October 10th, 2013, 06:38 PM
We just flip the furnace from Air to Heat...

Ditto! That's all I do ...